species that can be found only here, and we’re hoping to share that story with a broader audience,engaging new folks in birding as an accessible activity that can be enjoyed in any part of the region, any time of year.”, said Melissa Fratello, Executive Director, Buffalo Audubon.
"This festival is an important way to both recognize the significance of the Niagara River Globally Significant Important Bird Area and the species that use it, its conservation needs, and the importance of this resource to an eco-tourism economy.", said Jay Burney, Friends of Times Beach and the Pollinator Conservation Association and Festival Co-organizer. “Our programming will include important lessons about how and where to see winter birds, and provide ethical guidelines for both bird watchers, the general public, and photographers that work hard to capture the beauty of our incredible diversity of winter birds in the Niagara River strait."
"This is a great event that uplifts natural assets that all of us benefit from. The incredible natural biodiversity that depends on the Niagara, including the many species of birds and fish that help make our local and global natural systems healthy and productive, and the very valuable economic development contexts that involve tourism, quality of life, and conservation will all be on display during this festival.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Birding the Buffalo Harbor: Gulls, Fowl and Owls! Meet at Buffalo Harbor State Park Parking Lot
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Celebration Kickoff at Tifft Nature Preserve: Why WNY is a Big Deal in the World of Birds, and Be a Responsible Birder!
7:00 PM - Owl Prowls with Chuck Rosenberg and Tom Kerr, Tifft Nature Preserve January 26th
9:00-10:00AM -BeaverIslandBirds:MorningGuidedWalk Meet at the Casino