Monday, September 27, 2010

Great Stratford Bird Festival - Wings Over Wild and more

The Great Stratford Bird Festival continued after the Saturday morning bird banding with many more attractions. Several vendors set up at Stratford Point with everything from magnificent paintings, beautiful photography, birding equipment and books. The duck carving exhibits were opened to the public. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had set up their traveling exhibit and were on hand to answer any questions the public had.

Soon after we had a very special visitor stop by. The photo below is the host of the 2010 Great Stratford Bird Festival, Phil Donahue, a long-time friend and supporter of Connecticut Audubon Society. Here he can be seen touring the vibrant scene at Stratford Point with Milan Bull, CAS Senior Director of Science and Conservation.

Wind Over Wings put on an amazing live raptor show later in the morning. I had already departed for the Boothe Park Hawk Watch, but CAS Conservation Biologist Dr. Twan Leenders was there to watch and photograph the event. He described it as "fantastic" and a "must see".

As you can see in one of the above photos, Wind Over Wings was given permission by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to both posses and exhibit these birds. Both nocturnal and diurnal birds of prey were present.

They are moving their operation to Maine next summer, and will be doing a farewell tour of Connecticut starting next June. If you have not seen their presentation yet, try to catch one before they leave the state. Thanks to all of these wonderful guests for their contributions to the Great Stratford Bird Festival.

Photos © Twan Leenders

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