Friday, May 31 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
The Door Islands Bird Festival 2013 will be held May 31 – June 2 primarily on Washington Island, with additional bird scoping of Hog and northern DetroitIslands and a hike on Rock Island.
This is the time of late migration and early to mid-breeding when birds are at their showiest. They exude irresistible energy through their colorful plumages, intense songs and calls, and defense of territories. The idea for us is to concentrate and enjoy everything about birds. Here is our chance to learn more about identification, song and birds’ wild habitats for two days.
Our bird experts will enable us to find, identify and view birds through binoculars and telescopes, and become familiar with some of their calls and songs. You will also learn about plant communities and plant species important to birds. And we will discuss their biology, migration and food sources as questions and situations arise.
The schedule is approximately the following: Friday night May 31. is check-in time at Trinity Lutheran. (You can also check in early Saturday or later if necessary.) Saturday early, we will meet to bird a special haunt on the Island. After breakfast we explore additional favorite birding sites. After lunch we will do a “sit in” in a bird-rich area at the shore using binoculars and scopes to find as many species as possible. Then follows an exploratory hike to a new wild area for interested folks. Saturday evening, we hold a banquet and present our speaker Pat Ready, an avid birder and photographer who is the backyard nature specialist at Wild Birds Unlimited. His topic is “Neo-tropical Birds on the Island“. We will hear/see more regarding those colorful species we have viewed during the day, and their amazing travels.
Sunday morning after an early session at the shore, we take the Karfi to Rock Island for the bird-rich areas around the boathouse and the lighthouse. You can view warblers, hear thrushes and revel in bird diversity. It was near the lighthouse that we found the rare kingbird, new to Wisconsin and still unidentifiable to species, during the bird fest two years ago. We end Sunday and the bird fest with making a bird list and taking the Karfi back to Washington Island.
The fees we charge cover the following: dinner and meeting space, speaker expenses and insurance. From the remainder we make a donation to the Door County Land Trust for conservation of additional wild spaces on Washington and DetroitIslands, and to the Friends of Plum and PilotIslands for their help with conservation on those islands.