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2018 Bird Festival Schedule of Events

~ Welcome to the Hagerman Bird Festival ~

 

Noon – 5 p.m.  Festival Hall/Registration Check-in:  Prince Memorial Gym, 160 State St. N, Hagerman (across from City Hall).  All festival activities, presentations, vendors and catered dinner with keynote speech will be held here.

The Hagerman Valley Foundation will be selling tickets during the Festival for drawings held during the Saturday evening catered dinner.  Be sure to buy some tickets – you might win a fabulous prize!

 

$99 Festival Registration: Festival Registration includes the entire Festival weekend, Friday noon to Sunday afternoon, packed with field trips, owl prowl, vendor exhibits, catered dinner and renowned keynote speaker, published author and bird sound expert Nathan Pieplow, Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds.

Tickets for just the dinner/keynote are $40, optional Catamaran Bird Tours are $45 and Pontoon Bird Tours are $25, both of which are discounted if purchased with a Festival ticket.

For $159, it is possible, for the first 30 to do so, to experience the entire Festival plus both boat trips, by registering for the Festival, the Friday afternoon catamaran and the Sunday afternoon pontoon.  [the number of tickets are limited by boat capacity]

Notes All field trips will car pool from the Festival Hall unless otherwise noted.
– Please arrive at the Festival Hall at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled Field Trip.
– Please dress according to the variable spring temperatures (layer), wear sturdy boots, bring water/snacks, binoculars, camera, optics/tripod, walking stick, field guides and other items as noted.

Opening FRIDAY, April 20:  Noon – 8:00 p.m.

 

10:00 a.m. – Noon.  Vendor Setup at Festival Hall, Prince Memorial Gym, 160 State Street North, Hagerman

Noon – 5:00 p.mFESTIVAL & VENDOR HALL, Open to the Public,   Registration Check-in
Early bird field trip and/or Friday night Owl Prowl registrants must check in on Friday by 5pm.
Prince Memorial Gym, 160 State Street N, Hagerman

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.mThousand Springs Catamaran Snake River Bird Tour, $45.
Occupancy:  15 min, 30 max.  Boat Tour Bird Host:   Poo Williams-Pulliam
[Boats trips are not included with Festival Registration.  Carpool from Festival Hall.]

Treat yourself to a two hour trip on the Snake River with a birding specialist. A trip on the Thousand Springs Catamaran with your bird specialist is a most memorable way to enjoy the birds, wildlife and nature. You will float by some of the most spectacular water displays arising from the Snake River Aquifer, with amazing views of the famous Thousand Springs waterfalls as they erupt from the rocky canyon walls to the river below. You may get to visit Blueheart Springs bubbling up from deep within the riverbed and creating a crystal blue pool of the freshest possible spring water. You’ll see waterfowl, herons, eagles and more.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  DINNER BREAK

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  FESTIVAL HALL:  Welcome & Introductions

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  FESTIVAL HALL:  Cassia Crossbill Presentation, Idaho’s New Endemic Bird Species!  Bryce Robinson

 

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  OWL PROWL. [15 max, Festival registrants only.  Sign up for this trip during Friday Registration Check-in]  Trip Leader: Karl Ruprecht.  Car Pool from Festival Hall.

Easy: Plan for a captivating night exploring the mystery of owls. Karl will discuss owl behavior and identification. He will lead a walk to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Possible sighting of Northern Saw-whets and listening to Western Screech will be the targets. Please bring flashlight if possible.

 

SATURDAY, April 21:  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  FESTIVAL & VENDOR HALL,  Open to the Public; Additional Festival registration.

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.mSATURDAY MORNING EARLY BIRD FIELD TRIPS, carpool from the front of Festival Hall.   Registrants for these Field Trips must register on Friday, Noon – 5 pm.  Two Trips:  1) Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Preserve; 2) South Hills Cassia Crossbill

 

 

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 SATURDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS.  Please be 15 min early if possible.  Five Trips:  3) Banbury Springs; 4) Bird watching 101 at Ritter Island; 5) Sketching at Oster Lakes;  6) Billingsley Creek-Norwood “Behind the Gate;”  7) Niagara Springs/Crystal Springs.

 

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH BREAK

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. SATURDAY AFTERNOON FIELD TRIPS.  Please be 15 min early if possible.  Seven Trips:  8) The Magnificent Malad Gorge; 9) Vardis Fisher “Behind the Gate;” 10) Hagerman WMA Trails; 11) Beginning Birding at Billingsley Creek; 12) Mystery Birding; 13) Banbury Springs; 14) Sandhill Crane Observation Tour.  

 

OR

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.mIdaho Guide Service motorized Pontoon Snake River Bird Tour, $25.
Occupancy: 12 min, 36 max.  Boat Bird host:  Pontoon Guide
[Boats trips are not included with Festival Registration.  Car pool from Festival Hall.]  

Instead of a field trip, treat yourself to a one hour pontoon trip above the Lower Salmon Dam with a birding specialist.  This part of the river provides a mix of upland and riparian habitats in which a variety of birds can be found. Upland species, such as ring-necked pheasant, California quail and occasionally chukar and gray partridge, can be seen in the shrublands. The riparian habitat along the river hosts a variety of neotropical migrants during the spring and summer months. Wood ducks are commonly seen.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  FESTIVAL & VENDOR HALL, Visit with Birders, Open to the Public

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  FESTIVAL HALL:  Catered Dinner, Gift Drawing, & Keynote Speaker included with Festival Registration.
[$40 for the dinner & keynote speech only.]

KEYNOTE:  Nathan Pieplow, titled The Amazing Sounds of Birds.  What bird uses its voice to echolocate inside dark caves? Which bird sings a duet with itself? Which bird sings over a thousand different songs? In this presentation, Nathan Pieplow shares some of his most remarkable audio from over a decade of recording birds in the field. You will see the sounds as well as hear them, and learn the stories of the birds that made them, and what some of those birds are actually saying.

 

SUNDAY, April 22:  8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m FESTIVAL & VENDOR HALL, open to the Public

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   SUNDAY MORNING EARLY BIRD FIELD TRIPS, carpool from the front of Festival Hall.  Two Trips:  15) Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Preserve; 16) South Hills Cassia Crossbill

 

 

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.mSUNDAY MORNING FIELD TRIPS .  Please be 15 min early if possible.  Five Trips:  17) Bird watching 101 at Thousand Springs; 18) Oster Lakes Hagerman WMA; 19)  Vardis Fisher “Behind the Gate;”  20) Billingsley Creek-Norwood “Behind the Gate;” 21) Mountain Bluebird Trail Monitoring.

 

OR

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.mThousand Springs Catamaran Snake River Bird Tour, $45.  Occupancy:  15 min, 30 max.  Boat Bird Hosts:  Randy Smith and Jan Simpkin
[Boats trips are not included with Festival Registration.  Car pool from Festival Hall.]

Instead of a field trip, treat yourself to a two hour trip on the Snake River with a birding specialist. A trip on the Thousand Springs Catamaran with your bird specialist is a most memorable way to enjoy the birds, wildlife and nature. You will float by some of the most spectacular water displays arising from the Snake River Aquifer, with amazing views of the famous Thousand Springs waterfalls as they erupt from the rocky canyon walls to the river below. You may get to visit Blueheart Springs bubbling up from deep within the riverbed and creating a crystal blue pool of the freshest possible spring water. You’ll see waterfowl, herons, eagles and more.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  FESTIVAL HALL:  Presentations, Sharing/Feedback, Closing Ceremonies

 

AFTER THE FESTIVAL:

Depending on Demand, we we have reserved more Pontoon trips for Sunday after the Festival.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.mIdaho Guide Service motorized Pontoon Snake River Bird Tour, $25.
Occupancy: 12 min, 36 max.  Boat bird host:  Pontoon Guide
[Boats trips are not included with Festival Registration.  Car pool from Festival Hall.]

Treat yourself to a one hour pontoon trip above the Lower Salmon Dam with a birding specialist.  This part of the river provides a mix of upland and riparian habitats in which a variety of birds can be found. Upland species, such as ring-necked pheasant, California quail and occasionally chukar and gray partridge, can be seen in the shrublands. The riparian habitat along the river hosts a variety of neotropical migrants during the spring and summer months. Wood ducks are commonly seen.

 

 ~ ~ Thank You for Joining Us ~ ~ 

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