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Choke Canyon Bird Festival 2020

7:00a to 2:00p
Sat, February 08, 2020
Paul Jaure
(361) 786-3868, x229

Check out the Bird Fest's info-packed agenda!

Choke Canyon State Park, in partnership with the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2020 Bird Festival to be held at Choke Canyon State Park, Calliham Unit. This year’s Festival is organized to explore birding at Choke Canyon, highlight some terrific Texas birding and wildlife organizations, as well as hear from experts in the area. Whether you are an expert, novice, or just want to learn more about birds, we invite you to come out for a day at the park. Please mark your calendars, pack a picnic lunch or pick one up in Three Rivers, and come out to learn a new hobby and meet others who share your passion for birds.  

Agenda:

On the Hour Guided Bird Walk(s):  8:00AM -11:00AM (last guided walk at 10:00AM)

Guided Bird Walks are on a “first come basis.”  Up to 20 participants per group.  Arrive early and sign-up at the Gymnasium.  Some guides will have a limited number of binoculars for visitors to use during guided walks

 

Speakers (Gymnasium):  9:00AM – 1:00PM

9:00:  Dr. Tania Homayoun, Ph.D, Nature Tracker Biologist, TPWD:  “Importance of bird habitat, bird conservation, and citizen science”

10:00:  Mr. Roy J. Rodriquez, Lead Interpreter for Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park & World Birding Center in Mission, Texas, “Winter Raptors In South Texas”.

11:00:  Mr. John Yochum, Interpreter for Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, Texas, “The Value of Bird Tourism in South Texas”.

12:00: Mr.  Ben Horstmann, Regional Interpreter, TPWD: “Birding in Texas State Parks”

1:00:  Mr. Victor Lawrence, Sky Kings Falconry:  “Raptors Revealed: features live birds and discusses the natural history of raptors, their unique traits, and natural abilities”

Education/Information Booths (Gymnasium): 9:00AM- 2:00PM

San Antonio Audubon Society

Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wildlife and Fisheries Science Department

TAMU Society for Conservation Biologist

Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce

Sky Kings Falconry, Wildlife Revealed

Texas Nature Trackers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Skins and Skulls, TPWD

Inland Fisheries, TPWD

Game Thief Trailer, Game Warden, TPWD

Family Activities: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Bird Feeder Making – Nature Center (next to gymnasium)

Kite Making-Nature Center (next to gymnasium)

 

Visitors are encouraged to be prepared for the weather and dress in layers, bring binoculars, and wear sturdy walking shoes.  There are no concessions at the Park.  Visitors should bring their own drinks and a picnic lunch or visit Three Rivers prior to coming to the Park.

 

Children 12 years and under, must be accompanied by an adult to participate