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April 9, 2008 > South Bay Bird Fest

South Bay Bird Fest

By Bosky Panjvani
Photos By courtesy of Lindy Nice

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the South Bay Bird Fest on Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. Bird Fest is sponsored by the City of San Jose, the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, Santa Clara Valley, Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, and US Fish & Wildlife Service. It will feature a bird show, guided walk, games, and crafts. This festival is free and open to all, with food on sale.

Bird Fest is a family affair with activities for children and adults. Five 30 minute bird shows will feature the Darn Owl, Turkey Vulture, Burrowing Owl, Great Horned Owl, Peregrin Falcon, and a Red Tailed Hawk. Free showings - 30 people per show - will be conducted by the Sulfur Creek Nature Center and Sky Hunters on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the Welcome Desk.

Kids activities include making bird masks with bird feathers. There will be a raffle with prizes including stuffed birds, bird backpacks, butterfly bingo games, and bird books, all donated by Freddy Howell from the Wild Bird Center in Los Gatos. There will be a Flying Frenzy Expedition and a bird walk in the refuge to watch Black Necked Stilts, American Avocets, Canada Geese, Forester Tern, and Barn Swallows. Groups will be led by experts who will share information about migratory and non-migratory birds found during spring in the refuge. People can also use binoculars and spotting scopes during the half mile walk loop. Children who complete the entire walk and stamp their Flying Frenzy Expedition pass at different stations can win a prize. Adults can get an International Migratory Bird Day Poster by filling out a quick survey after the walk.

There will also be a migration challenge show in which participants will play the part of a migratory bird and discover the challenges they face. This activity explores the hazards and helpers that migratory birds encounter on their long distance journeys. There will be face painting, and some hands on activities with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory.

This bird festival is a part of the International Migratory Birds Day (IMBD) celebration that takes place during April and May throughout the entire country, including Canada. IMBD is celebrated to observe the journey of a migratory bird between its summer and winter homes.

For more information, call Lindy Nice at (408) 262-5513, ext. 102 or Molly Ward at (408) 262-5513, ext. 104.

South Bay Bird Fest
Saturday, April 12
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Alviso Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso
(408) 262-5513, ext. 102

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