9:00 am - LET IT RAIN
Meghan Hertel, Director of Working Lands at Audubon California
Meghan leads the Working Lands Program which is increasing the scope and scale of bird-friendly management practices and habitat restoration on farms, ranches and wetlands throughout the California’s Central Valley to benefit target birds and other wildlife. Learn about the effect the four year drought has had on birds and wildlife and the solutions Audubon California and others are advancing to protect wildlife. You will learn how we can better prepare so that birds, farms and our communities will be more resilient in the face of current and future droughts.
10:15 am - RAPTOR/OWL PRESENTATION
Chris Cameron, Executive Director of Camp Ocean Pines
Chris is a licensed falconer, and the co-chairman of the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. Join him for a close up view of live raptors! Learn about the importance of raptors as apex predators with a focus on owls. Review local species, listen to calls, and learn tips that will give you the best chance of finding owls on your own. Handle raptor feathers, feet, bones, and an owl pellet to better understand the unique characteristics of owl physiology.
11:30 am - KEY NOTE SPEAKER
David Lukas, Naturalist and Author
An engaging and entertaining speaker, David is a naturalist and author of six books, including Sierra Nevada Natural History and Wild Birds of California. His latest book, Bay Area Bird Birds, is the first comprehensive guide to the birds of the region. His research projects have taken him around the world, and he has led bird programs in California and Oregon for 20 years. www.lukasguides.com. What it means to be a BIRD with David Lukas: How do birds manage to fly and function in such challenging environments, sometimes migrating thousands of miles? What makes birds so light? How do feathers grow? The amazing variety of plumage, both in structure and function, will be covered, as well as the specialized anatomical features of bird bones getting the very essence of what it means to be a bird!
12:00 pm - BIRDING AND TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
Enhance your nature observations by experimenting with a variety of new nature apps. You will also learn how to benefit the scientific community by turning your time in nature into valuable data points with a simple easy click on your smart phone. Technologies that we will explore in depth are iNaturalist, iBird Pro, and Merlin Bird ID. We will also discuss the National Wildlife Federation’s “Top 25 Nature and Wildlife Apps”. Bring your iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone, kindle or whatever you use! Save time and download as many apps as you can before the workshop - no one likes waiting around for slow connections. After discussing these apps, we will go outside and try them out!
12:45 pm - NATIVE AMERICAN HOOP DANCER
Michael Terry Goedel shares the hoop dance which comes from the Taos/Pueblo Indians. A symbolic dance of the Eagle’s life as it grows, sees, and experiences throughout its life.
1:15 pm - HAWKS, HONKERS AND HOOTS
Director Kelli Moulden’s mission is to inspire respect for local and migratory birds through customized and entertaining educational programs. Enjoy a fantastic opportunity to see and experience hawks, owls, and water birds up close and personal. Yes, the birds are coming to visit!
2:30 pm - WILD THINGS INC.
Meet our wild life ambassadors! Back by popular demand, these wild creatures have sustained injuries that keep them from surviving in the wild or individuals have tried to keep as illegal pets. The Wild Things team delights tens of thousands of school children every year with a message of conservation and appreciation for the earth’s natural wonders. Join us in welcoming these animal ambassadors and learn about each one’s special place on our earth.