The 2018 Desert Birding Festival is dedicated to the memory of Ken O'Key, who was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of the festival in 2016.  Ken was an ABDNHA Board Member and an avid birder.  He will be missed.

Registration includes three days of field trips, birding presentations, and the festival closing dinner and presentation.
General Public: $125  ABDNHA Member $95  ABDNHA Volunteers $90
Festival: Register Now
 You will be contacted by email after registration to make
your selection of field trips and dinner choice. 
Register:
Closing Dinner Only $35


If you register for the entire festival, you do not need to register for the dinner. 
It is included.
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Birding Festival Schedule of Activities 

Wednesday March 14
Time Program Description
 
7:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Rancho de La Paz
Led by Ann Keenan - 11 max

Hike at 3,000 foot elevation at Rancho de la Paz, a private diverse habitat wildlife sanctuary in the San Felipe Valley.  There is an Indian cemetery and morteros and slicks close by a 100-year-old-cabin plus running streams  and ponds.   Meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Bring water and lunch. Boots, long pants, and long sleeved shirt are required for this activity.  Meet at ABDNHA.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 P.M. Registration

Registration
ABDNHA Activity Room - 652 Palm Canyon Drive
Check in, pick up your badge, t-shirt (if pre-ordered).
Check your schedule of birding field trips.

1:30 p.m. - 4:00  p.m.

Presentation: Falcons & Hawks
Open to all registrants.
By Cisco & Kirsten Clibourne
Meet Master Falconer Cisco Clibourne.  Talons LLC brings to you an interactive and educational demonstration with their trained hawks and falcons. Learn about the ancient sport of falconry and how their hunting style with the falconer still remains the same Today. Experience interactive flights with two Harris hawks as they fly to the fist of a falconry glove. Lastly, take pictures of these raptors up close and personal. 

 

4:00 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.

Presentation: Borrego Hawk Watch
Open to all Registrants

By Hal Cohen

Swainson's Hawks:
- Where do they come from?
- Why are they here?
- Where are they going?
Thousands of Swainson's hawks pass through the Borrego Valley each year. Join with Hal Cohen, founder of the Borrego Valley Hawk Watch, as he leads our group to the evening watch site to see what's in the skies today.
Dinner on your own
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Field Trip - Open to all Registrants
Hawk Watch - Borrego Valley Viewing Site
By Hal Cohen

The Borrego Hawk Watch has been listed in Audubon Magazine as one of the eight best hawk watch sites for photographers in the U.S. 
Thursday March 15
Time Program Description
 
Recommended for all of the field trips: Carry water, binoculars, wear long sleeves (or bring a long-sleeve shirt or light jacket as a cover-up), long pants, sturdy close-toed shoes.  Hat, sun glasses, sunscreen highly recommended.
6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Desert Sunrise Birding
Led by Terry Hunefeld - 10 max.

Terry Hunefeld has recorded 162 species of birds over the past four years at Rams Hill Country Club.  He birds his patch at least twice weekly, and will lead a walk around the course just after desert sunrise. 

Meet Terry just outside the gates of Rams Hill at 6:45 a.m. Friday, March 16 for a 3.5-mile, 2.5-hour birding walk to see what migrating species may have dropped in for a visit. 
 
6:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dos Palmas BLM Preserve
Led by Tracy Albrecht - Interpretive Naturalist -20 max.

The 1400 acre Dos Palmas Preserve is a lush wetland area, a desert oasis of hundreds of native fan palms fed by springs and nearby water canals that shelter a variety of bird species, both common and threatened, including the elusive Yuma Clapper Rail.  This field trip includes driving time to and from the preserve from Borrego Springs.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
Salton Sea Birding
L
ed by Bruce Aird - 20 max.
We'll hit all of the hotspots with Bruce Aird, birder for 37 years, and a frequent leader throughout southern California for Sea and Sage Audubon, the Orange County chapter of the National Audubon Society.
7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m
Hawks & Highlights
Led by Hal Cohen - 15 max.
Hal Cohen has been birding most of his life, with a special interest in hawks.  Hal created the Borrego Hawk Watch.  This trip will focus on both hawks and other highlights in and around Borrego Springs. 

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Easy Walking Local Desert Birding
Led by David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap - 20 max
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Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs,  the areas between the desert environment and the irrigated greenery of Club Circle. 

 

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Presentation - The Natural History of Roadrunners
By Tracy Albrecht - Interpretive Naturalist
Bureau of Land Management


The roadrunner is the iconic desert bird, symbol of the southwest desert, and everyone delights to see a roadrunner sprint across the open desert or a desert highway.  It is intelligent, a fearsome predator, and a bird that often mates for life.  Tracy will talk about the imagery of the bird, as well as its natural history.
 
Dinner on your own
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Presentation: Hummingbird Migration
by Lisa Chadock - Vice President San Diego Audubon

Join Lisa Chadock, professor of Geography at San Diego City College, as she shares her knowledge of hummingbirds, the "little flying compasses" as she calls them, and her experiences in replanting her campus with native and flowering plants to help hummingbirds migrating through.

Friday March 16    
Time Program Description
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Borrego Valley Hotspots - 15 Max.
by Paulette Ache

Join us as we search for ducks, doves, hummingbirds and early warblers.  We will identify birds in the field by sight and sound.  Area water sources where birds congregate will be visited as well as desert areas where we are sure to see verdins, roadrunners and desert doves.  We will watch for quail, raptors and migrating birds, such as orioles
7:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Birds of the Borrego Valley - 15 Max
By Selden McKee
Go with a local birder to the places Borrego birders frequent, from golf course greenery and ponds to desert terrain.  We will see water fowl that make the desert their home, as well as the typical desert birds including verdin, white winged doves and roadrunners.  We will be on the look out for raptors and migrating birds. .
 
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Desert Springtime Birding - 15 Max
by Laura Webb
Join a local birder and hawk watch veteran who will take you into the desert, and to ponds and water sources.  We will see the diversity of birds in the Borrego Valley from the typical desert dwellers to birds found only on water.  We will enjoy the sight and sound of verdins, roadrunners, two different phoebes and hopefully the illusive Inca Dove.


7:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Rancho de la Paz
Led by Ann Keenan - 11 max.

Hike at 3,000 foot elevation at Rancho de la Paz, a private diverse habitat wildlife sanctuary in the San Felipe Valley.  There is an Indian cemetery and morteros and slicks close by a 100-year-old-cabin plus running streams  and ponds.   Meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Bring water and lunch. Boots, long pants, and long sleeved shirt are required for this activity.  Meet at ABDNHA.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Easy Walking Local Desert Birding
Led by David Lasley & Larry Gilstrap - 20 max.

Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs,  the areas along between the desert environment and the irrigated greenery of Club Circle. 
Meet at ABDNHA
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Presentation: Burrowing Owls
By Dr. Lisa Nordstrom Ph.D. San Diego Zoo Global
Associate Director of Recovery Ecology
Join Dr. Nordstrom as she tells the story of the Western Burrowing Owl, a species in decline in many areas because of a decrease in the number of other burrowing animals, such as prairie dogs, badgers, and desert tortoises, which dig the burrows the owls use for nesting and shelter. 

Dr. Nordstrom talks about the life history of the burrowing owl and her work to return the California ground squirrel to protected areas of San Diego County, along with habitat modification, to increase the burrowing owl population.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Film: From Billions to None - Take an afternoon movie break with your fellow birders and enjoy this award-winning documentary.

A little more than 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon in existence (named after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A superabundant species of billions that darkened the entire sky disappeared in a matter of decades. What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. Follow naturalist and author Joel Greenberg on a journey to discover how and why this bird went extinct, and how today the story is more relevant than ever
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5:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.
Festival Closing

Dinner and closing program are included in the festival registration price. 
A limited number of additional tickets are also available for the dinner and program. 
Click to register for dinner and presentation only

 
Dinner Presentation: An Evening with John J. Audubon
Spend an hour with John James Audubon, artist, naturalist and ornithologist, a true renaissance man of the 19th century. Join our own Audubon impersonator as he shares birding stories and his ornithological art. 
  Dinner Menu
Veggie Bruschetta Appetizer
Salad of Organic Greens
Bread
You will be contacted by email after registration
to make your dinner selection.

Dinner Option 1. Eggplant Parmesan
Dinner Option 2. Spinach Lasagna with Sausage

Both dinner options come with grilled vegetables

Dessert - Your choice of Coconut or Chocolate Cake with whipped cream
 
 

Buy a Festival Tee Shirt

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Shirts need to be ordered in advance.
Order your shirt now
and pick it up
at the start of the festival.


You will be contacted by email after registration to make
your selection of field trips and dinner menu

   
Registration Level
     
   
    Dinner Reservation Only      
   
 
     

 


 



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