Georgia Bird Fest

April 14, 2024 at 9:00am
Various Location
Atlanta, GA 30301


Guided Bird Walk at Oakland Cemetery
For Georgia Bird Fest Patrons Only

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Leader: Becca Dill and Carrie Harper
Location: Oakland Cemetery (Fulton County)
Limited to 15 participants
Cost: $35/person
Difficulty Level: Easy

Join Becca, Carrie, and residents of the neighborhood, exploring historic Oakland Cemetery and the birds that call it home. We will also be joined by a guide from Oakland cemetery so will learn about the history and human residents in between looking at birds. Cemeteries are excellent urban birding locations with protected habitat over many years. We will be looking for our local Georgia birds and migrants taking a break as they head north.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
For Georgia Bird Fest Patrons Only

(Note: There is a second non-patron event for Harris Neck on April 28)

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Trip Leader: Chad Popsick
Limited to 12 participants
Cost: $35/person
Location: Townsend, GA (McIntosh County)
Difficulty Level: Easy, driving the wildlife drive and stopping for short walks on packed dirt trails to view ponds.

Harris Neck has served as a premier nesting, foraging, and wintering habitat for many species of wildlife.  Signature species include Wood Storks, which nest in a large colony on Woody Pond, and the colorful and uncommon Painted Bunting, which favors nesting habitat in the refuge's maritime scrub areas.
The refuge encompasses six man-made freshwater ponds, as well as extensive salt marsh, open fields, forested wetlands, and mixed hardwood/pine forest.  This diversity of habitat makes the refuge an important resource for migratory birds (342 species of birds have been seen on the refuge and 83 species breed here).

We will drive the wildlife drive through the refuge, stopping along the way to view birds and other wildlife (including alligators!) at the various ponds.

College Birders Unite!

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Leader: Kiana Leveritte
Limited to 15 participants
Cost: Free
Location: Cascade Springs
Difficulty Level: Easy walking

Calling all college birders! Join us at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve as we hike the trails looking for woodpeckers, backyard birds and passing migrants. Binoculars will be available for all attendees

Incorporating Habitat Restoration into your Backyard Landscape

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Leaders: Sebastian Hagan and Logan Jones
Cost: Free
Limited to 25 participants
Location: Panola Mountain State Park - Alexander Lake & Archery Range
Difficulty: Moderate

Join the Habitat Team for a restoration workshop at Panola Mountain State Park. During this workshop, we will explore the various sections of our restoration site and discuss the methods and considerations that go into restoring native habitats. We will then dive into how participants can restore their land by removing invasive plant species and introducing native species. Participants will see up close examples of various invasive and native plants and learn what makes our native species much more beneficial for wildlife.

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