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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bird Festival takes over Fairchild Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is hosting its 7th Annual Bird Festival in partnership with Tropical Audubon Society, from September 29 to October 2, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm both days. 

Two days of off-site birding tours on September 29 and 30 will take amateur and expert birders on engaging half-day or full-day walks through birding hot spots like Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and a Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock State Park (registration is required). 

At the on-site Bird Festival celebration at Fairchild, visitors can listen to lectures about birding presented by leading experts, take bird walks led by TAS birders, and buy bird attracting plants for their gardens while enjoying food, fun and performances. James A. Kushlan Keynote Speakers Jim Kushlan and Kirsten Hines, authors and birding experts, will present ways to attract birds in your South Florida garden. Other notable speakers include Brian Rapoza, Paddy Cunningham, and more.

Held in conjunction with the Bird Festival, the 78th Annual Member’s Day Plant Sale features plants grown by Fairchild’s horticulturists. The sale is held in appreciation of the garden’s longest supporters. This year’s offerings include native South Florida plants, elegant palms and butterfly attractors.

Budding bird photographers can participate in the “Birds of South Florida” Photo Contest by tagging their best photos on Instagram with the hashtag #FTBGBirdPics2016, or submitting a photo by email to bird@fairchildgarden.org by September 28. Young birders can join by using the hashtag #FTBGKidsBirdPics2016. The winning photos will be digitally displayed in the Garden throughout the festival and the first place winners in the three categories (Adult, Kids, and Fan Favorite) will receive a year of Fairchild Membership. Winners will be announced at noon on October 1, 2016. 

The Bird Festival is generously supported by the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program and the Tropical Audubon Society.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Admission is free for Fairchild members, Tropical Audubon Society members, and children 5 and under; $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. Discounts are available for military personnel and anyone who walks, bikes or takes public transportation to the festival.

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

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