Thursday - Presentations

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Birder Social
Prior to the presentation, join us in viewing the Washington County Student Art Contest entries and socialize with other birders.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Rick Fridell "Wintering Birds of Washington County"
Join Rick Fridell Thursday evening and learn about the wide diversity of birds and their habitats in Washington County during his lecture and presentation. Southwest Utah habitats can attract as many as 350-375 species throughout the year. Rick is the Native Aquatic Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Southern Region. Elevator access at west entrance of the Community Arts Building.

Friday - Presentations

Introduction to Birding » 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM »

With Kevin Wheeler, UDWR Wildlife Biologist and RCAS member. Designed for the novice bird watcher. Learn basic bird identification – size, color, shape and their habitat. Field guides and binoculars will also be discussed.

Landscaping for Birds » 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM »
Casey Jones will educate birders and gardeners on which water wise, ornamental and/or native plants to use in your next landscaping project. Take a stroll outside with Casey while he gives you tips on how to make your landscape a better resource for birds. This presentation will be based inside for the first half and finish outside.

Virtual Birding » 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM »
With dan Trujillo, UDWR, Nativr Aquatic Biologest. An exploration of electronic resources available to the modern birder. Including resources for identifying, reporting, and conserving birds”.

Water in the Desert » 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM »
Michelle Deras, Washington County Water Conservancy District’s Biologist will discuss how the vital riparian artery of the Virgin River corridor supplies life-giving water for both people and bird life in a desert environment.

Bird Conservation of Southern Utah » 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM »
Keith Day, Native Terrestrial Wildlife Biologist, will bring you up-to-date with first hand knowledge of surveys, statistics, conservation, problem solving, and what is happening in the bird world in the Southern Utah region.

Raptors, Raptors and more Raptors » 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM »
Nikki Wayment, Hawkwatch International Education and Outreach Coordinator, will help you come to love raptors and know why each one is special. She will take you on a journey from birth to maturity and beyond.

Bird Social and Fertile Dirt Band » 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM »
The Fertile Dirt Band is an audience interactive bluegrass band utilizing antique musical instruments. Join us for a magical evening filled with musical sounds from intruments of the past.

Parunuweap Canyon Exploration » 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM »
For the last several years, Ken and Don Hinton, have been allowed to enter the privately own Parunuweap Canyon (located adjacent to Zion National Park) for the annual Christmas bird count. During the excursions, they have documented many common and rare species of birds, including the Rufus Backed Robin. Come enjoy their beautiful photography and exciting dialogue while they have you through this rarely explored canyon.

Saturday - Presentations

Junior Birder Program » 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM »
Kids have better eyesight and hearing than adults. Put them to use. Let them learn about birds, their songs, where to find them, how to identify them by drawing and painting. Workshop limited to 25, ages 8-12. Hosted by Red Cliffs Audubon Society Members.

Birding as a Family » 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM »
Come learn how to enjoy ‘birding’ with your family. Learn bird secrets, peculiarities, and where they hang out. Young Ivan Richardson and his father Tom will help you find the perfect reason to spend time with your family in an outdoor classroom. Then take a walk with the birders and see how a family works together spotting birds.

Hawk Watch International’s Raptors» 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM »
Nikki Wayment, Hawkwatch International Education and Outreach Coodinator, will bring the wonderful world of live Raptors to delight her audience. Get up close and personal with her guests of the Winter Bird Festival.

Bird Photography » 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM »
Learn how to get up and close to birds for the perfect photograph. Lynn Chamberlain will share his secrets for capturing your favorite birds.

Making Bird Houses with Home Depot » 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM»
Let the little ones come hammer up a storm to make a bird house. RCAS members, along with the good guys from Home Depot will see that this is great fun for all kids, and parents too. All the fun will be at the park’s north pavillion.

Landscaping for Birds » 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM »
Casey Jones will educate birders and gardeners on which water wise, ornamental and/or native plants to use in your next landscaping project. Take a stroll outside with Casey while he gives you tips on how to make your landscape a better resource for birds. This presentation will be based inside for the first half and finish outside.

The Greater Sage Grouse Sagebrush Sea: At the Crossroad » 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM »
Ms. Allison Jones of Wild Utah Project will present on the biology and future of sage grouse in Utah.