Bird Day Takes Flight on October 3rd at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bird Day Takes Flight on October 3rd at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Coral Gables, FL, September 28, 2010—Tens of thousands of birds have just arrived in South Florida as part of the annual fall migration.  To celebrate, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is inviting everyone to join in the fun at its annual Bird Day on Sunday, October 3.  In partnership with the Tropical Audubon Society, Fairchild is gathering the most talented bird experts, photographers, artists, and gardeners for an exciting and educational day.

Bird Day is part of the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program at Fairchild, which includes a variety of programs to educate the public and improve urban habitats for conserving rare birds.  The event will feature a keynote presentation by John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, titled "How Birds Can Save the World."

 Lectures on Bird Day will cover a range of topics including an introduction to birding, bird photography, and gardening for birds.  Bird-attracting garden plants will be available for sale, and guided tours will include exciting encounters with birds in Fairchild‘s landscape.  A wide range of bird-related activities will be available to children of all ages.

 The US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are more than 50 million birders in the United States, and that number continues to grow each year.  South Florida is one of the most rewarding areas for beginning birders and experts alike.  There are world-class birding opportunities in Everglades National Park, the Florida Keys, and in the precious urban green spaces like Fairchild.  Fairchild‘s 83 acres serve as an important year-round refuge for many kinds of native birds.  For many migrating birds, Fairchild is a place to rest and have a final meal before the long, over-water flights across the Caribbean.

 Bring the family to enjoy all of this and more at Fairchild’s Second Annual Bird Day! For more information, please visit

Schedule of Events:

7:00 a.m.  Bird Walk

4:15 p.m.  Bird Walk

Lectures: Garden House

10:00 a.m.   Bird Gardening
Roger Hammer, Author and Naturalist

11:00 a.m.   Lecture by Ed Carlson
                      Executive Director, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

 1:00 p.m.    How Birds Can Save the World, John Fitzpatrick,
                     Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 
                    James A. Kushlan Guest Lecturer – Keynote Speaker

 Lectures: Corbin A

9:30 a.m.   Bird Art Workshop, Rafael Galvez

11:30 a.m.  Watching Birds in Flamingo in Everglades National Park
                      Christi Carmichael, Everglades National Park Ranger

3:15 p.m.  Birding 101, Joe Barros
                     Tropical Audubon Society (Followed by 4:15 p.m. bird walk)

Kids Activities

Bird Walks for Kids will be led by Laura Reynolds and Brian Rapoza of Tropical Audubon Society. Children can also participate in bird related arts and crafts.

Plant Sales

There will be a wide variety of bird-attracting plants for sale.

Fairchild‘s Bird Day is made possible with the generous support of the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program.

*high resolution images available upon request

 About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses palm and cycad collections that are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world’s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 70,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Chocolate Festival, International Mango Festival and International Orchid Festival, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 45,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild hosts major art events such as Les Lalanne at Fairchild this year, Yayoi Kusama at Fairchild lastyear, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Kris Martin at Fairchild in 2008, Botero, Lichtenstein and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2007 and Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156, just a thirty minute drive from South Beach. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Eco-Discounts: Save $5 off admission when you walk, bike or take public transportation to Fairchild. It’s our way of thanking you for supporting our conservation efforts. For more information, please visit us at and on Facebook and Twitter.