Amy
ABOUT ME - My name is Amy and I'm a birder living in central Florida. On this blog I post book and birding product reviews as well as birder gift ideas and announcements related to my birder gift shop on this site. I also have a personal birding blog called Powered By Birds.

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Archive: Festivals & Events

Audubon Dream Trip Sweepstakes

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 in Contest, Festivals & Events, Giveaway

Enter soon, this contest closes June 6th! The National Audubon Society has a giveaway for a “Birder’s Dream Trip for Two” to the Strawberry Plains Hummingbird Migration Celebration festival. Enter here; membership is NOT a requirement even though the contest is to promote the “May is for Membership” campaign.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Contest Alert: Win a trip to BWIAB

Posted on February 5th, 2014 in Contest, Festivals & Events

Birds & Blooms Magazine is giving away a trip to the Biggest Week in American Birding, an awesome birding festival on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Show Birds & Blooms that you are their biggest fan to win! Enter by March 1, 2014; details on the contest page.

Event Alert: Dixon Waterfowl Refuge Ramar Dedication

Posted on July 29th, 2012 in Festivals & Events, Illinois

The Ramsar Convention of 1971 established a treaty between international governments to

maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

As of today, there are 2,040 recognized sites designated by the treaty as Wetlands of International Importance. 34 of these are in the United States, including the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes.

Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Entrance to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, March 2011

The deserved designation was bestowed in February of this year, and a special dedication ceremony will take place on August 8th.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is free. Attendees should RSVP to organizers; contact information and other details may be found here: Upcoming Events Ramsar Site Dedication.

Info: Starved Rock Bald Eagle Watch 2012

Posted on January 15th, 2012 in Festivals & Events, Illinois, Illinois Audubon

The annual Bald Eagle Watch at Starved Rock State Park is coming up later this month. I am posting this as a public service to all of the visitors who land on my blog looking for updated information about this event. You can find the details on the Illinois Audubon Society site, or read on.

Bald Eagle Watch Weekend
2012 Dates: January 28-29

Location: Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Events include live raptor programs by the World Bird Sanctuary and the Illinois Raptor Center. There will be other vendors and programs at the event, which takes places at the two different spots noted in the map below. The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is north of the river; Starved Rock is to the south. See the IAS Bald Eagle Watch Brochure for other events and further details.


View Bald Eagle Watch in a larger map

I’m sad I can’t attend this wonderful event this year. If you go, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for young Bald Eagles sporting leg bands!