FESTIVAL OF BIRDS

Festival of Birds at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

A Month Devoted to Birds!

January 1-31, 2021
Join Rookery Bay and partners in January for a month of online activities, presentations and virtual adventures for nature and bird lovers everywhere! With a Festival of Birds’ Pass($40), you’ll receive exclusive access to all activities, including eight expert speaker presentations, virtual birding experiences broadcast live from the birding hot spots in Southwest Florida and other live-streaming nature activities.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

January 13, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

Messing Around with Birds (For Fun and Science)

Join naturalist Scott Weidensaul for a lighthearted exploration of his many avian research projects, from banding hawks and tiny saw-whet owls to tracking snowy owls and studying the migration of western hummingbirds that aren’t supposed to be in the Northeast in December (but are). Best of all, learn how anyone with some enthusiasm and time can make important contributions to the science and conservation of birds, and have a great time doing it.

Scott Weidensaul

Author
Scott Weidensaul | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Welcome to the Festival of Birds 2021

Athan Barkoukis

Director of Friends of Rookery Bay

Keith Laakkonen

Director of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 5, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

  • With renewed public interest in nature, we celebrate Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s 40+ years protecting 40% of Collier County’s coastline. Through volunteerism, outreach and advocacy efforts and membership support, learn how you can make a difference protecting this special place for generations to come.
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LECTURES

eBird Pennsylvania

Holly Merker

State Coordinator & Bird Instructor
Holly Merker | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 6, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

eBird and Citzen Science: Making Impacts in Understanding Bird Populations and Migration

How can you make a direct impact on bird conservation? By contributing your bird observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Database, you are powering conservation science. These data are critical in research, land management, and conservation projects across the globe. In this webinar, we’ll explore how these data are used, and how to use eBird.

Audubon Florida

Paul Gray

Science Coordinator for Everglades Restoration Program
Paul Gray | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 7, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

Recovery of the Everglade Snail Kite in Florida

The endangered Everglade Snail Kite population crashed in the early 2000s, losing some 75% of all adults in just a decade. Since then, exotic apple snails have proliferated and supported a gradual rebound in Kite numbers and expansion of their nesting range. Unfortunately, native apple snails populations do not seem large enough, or widespread enough, to be supporting Snail Kites today. Paul will give an update on snail and Kite trends including the good and not so good future scenarios.

Florida Avian Conservation

Jim McGinity

Founder & Master Bander
Jim McGinity | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 8, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

Where O’ Where Can the Songbirds Go? – Passerine Bird Migration Along the West Coast of Florida

What challenges do migratory songbirds face on their biannual migrations north and south each year? Come learn about migration from the perspective of one of our favorite groups of birds: warblers, tanagers and other passerines.

This program will give an overview of the process of bird banding, review the findings of the 10 – year study of the migratory birds in Hammock Park, Dunedin, discuss the future of the project on Caladesi Island State Park and end with a visual “songbird quiz” and highlights of the birds we have banded to close out the program.

EDscursion @ CWA

Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 8, 2021

9:00AM - 9:45AM

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Audubon of Western Everglades Owl Watch

Jean Hall

Volunteer
Jean Hall | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 9, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

Burrowing Owls of Marco Island

One of the most charismatic owls on the planet, Burrowing Owls are tough, adaptable, and resilient. Jean Hall will share her experiences with the Florida Burrowing Owl through her photography and personal stories.

Audubon Florida

Shawn Clem

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Research Director
Shawn Clem | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 11, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

Wood Storks and the increasingly important role of inland wetlands on a developing SWFL landscape

Southwest Florida’s iconic Wood Storks, particularly those nesting at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, are facing increasing challenges as development progresses in inland Collier County. Learn more about how Wood Storks are doing, what threats this species is facing, and how conservation measures aimed at improving nesting conditions can benefit wildlife and people throughout our region.

Audubon Florida

Adam DiNuovo

Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Program Manager
Adam DiNuovo | Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 12, 2021

3:00PM - 3:45PM

eBird and Citzen Science: Making Impacts in Understanding Bird Populations and Migration

How can you make a direct impact on bird conservation? By contributing your bird observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Database, you are powering conservation science. These data are critical in research, land management, and conservation projects across the globe. In this webinar, we’ll explore how these data are used, and how to use eBird.

Virtual Binoculars

Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 16, 2021

9:00AM - 10:30AM

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EDscursion with KBNERR

Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 22, 2021

1:00PM - 1:45PM
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Virtual Photo Reception

United Arts Council

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Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB) and the United Arts Council of Collier County (UAC) are seeking submissions for their annual painting exhibit. In the past this exhibit has been held at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center in Naples, Florida. Rookery Bay, part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. Because of the temporary closure of Rookery Bay’s Environmental Learning Center to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Birding Challenge

Festival of Birds | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

January 1-31, 2021

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January 1-31, 2021

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WILDLIFE WEEKEND

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