Sunday, September 14, 2014



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392


Anhinga at Fairchild photographed by Gaby Orihuela



Coral Gables, FL, September 16, 2014 – Make friends with owls, parrots, and more avian creatures at the 6th Annual Bird Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Held in partnership with the Tropical Audubon Society (TAS), the event features bird walks, a photo contest, lectures by birding experts, and the 76th Annual Members’ Day Plant Sale. Two days of off-site TAS-led birding field trips are on October 2-3, and the on-site festival is at Fairchild on October 4-5 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meet colorful macaws and parrots from Zoo Miami and amazing owls and raptors from the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center. Several bird watching walks will be held throughout the weekend, including early morning walks at 7:30 a.m. and a special walk for children and families in the afternoon. “Birds of Fairchild,” a stunning new book written by Dr. James A. Kushlan with photography by Kirsten Hines, will be on sale and available for signing. The book contains more than 200 pages of images highlighting the diversity of birds found in the garden.

The event welcomes two James A. Kushlan Keynote SpeakersJames Currie and Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu. Currie has traveled all over the world conducting birding tours. He created the television series “Birding Adventures TV” and hosted National Geographic’s “Aerial Assassins” show. Dr. Sekercioglu is an award-winning ornithologist and researcher from Turkey who investigates the factors that cause bird extinctions. He is a professor at the University of Utah Department of Biology, where he teaches conservation biology.


Admission is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under, $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Eco discounts are available for anyone who walks, bikes or takes public transportation to the festival. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.

For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit the Bird Festival webpage.


About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.