Festival of Birds at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve
Annual Events

Save the Date

January 17, 18, 19, 2020
Registration opens Dec. 1 for the Festival of Birds! 10% discount on Festival Pass, lectures and keynote (excludes field trips) for Friends of Rookery Bay Members. This annual event invites you to explore the local environment through dozens of guided field trips to wildlife hot spots around southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

Three days of field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with local partners. Field trip prices range from $0 – $150, and registration is required.

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Dr. George Archibald

Saturday, January 18, 2020 7 - 8PM. Dr. George Archibald presents, My Life with Cranes. Doors open at 6PM, refreshments provided.

George Archibald’s visionary leadership in international conservation efforts over the past 40 years has given flight to crane conservation worldwide. Archibald is a true conservation ambassador. He leverages the charisma of cranes to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and people. Dr. Archibald will be signing books at the end of his presentation.

Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. Archibald has received four honorary doctorates for his many accomplishments and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, The Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada, Order of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and received the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society.

To find out more about Dr. Archibald and the International Crane Foundation Click Here.

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