Well, we've ushered out 2011 and successfully managed the arrival of 2012. A new year means new opportunities, and it's time to start planning one's calendar. With that in mind, I will periodically present bulletins about some bona fide fun and educational events.
One of the very best festivals out there is the New River Birding & Nature Festival, based in scenic Fayetteville, West Virginia. I've been down for this one for about seven years now - leading trips and speaking - and it's a legitimate blast. This year's dates are April 30 - May 5. Come for some, or all. It's the festival's 10th anniversary, and the organizers have pulled out all the stops.
And now, for a tiny pictorial peek into a little sliver of what we can expect...
For those bold enough, one of this year's offerings is a "bridge walk" - on narrow catwalks under the bridge deck! You'll get up close and personal with the resident Peregrine Falcons, and probably some Rock Pigeons, too.
CLICK HERE for the New River cast of guiding characters.
Luna-Hawk was discovered. As a special treat, moth expert Seabrooke Leckie will be part of this year's festival. She illustrated the brand spanking new Peterson Field Guide to Moths. I'm sure she'll have a ball at this outhouse.
Katie Fallon, author of the newly released book Cerulean Blues, will also be with us. The surprises just never end!
Rain Crows will be performing, hot on the heels of their brand new CD which will debut in March. Some of you may know band members Bill Thompson and Julie Zickefoose, who will do double duty as guides and speakers. Far left is Wendy Eller, and in the back beating on the bass is Craig Gibbs.
You just don't want to miss this shindig. All of the New River Birding & Nature Festival details are RIGHT HERE. Hope to see you down in the mountains this spring!