Central Oregon Coast Town Hosts First Birding Festival
(Lincoln City, Oregon) - The Audubon Society of Lincoln City and the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau will host Lincoln City's Inaugural "Wings and Waves" Birding Festival on May 1 - 3.
The "Wings and Waves" Birding Festival will host numerous events for avid birders and for those who are novices to the world of bird watching. Included in the lineup are various art presentations, outdoor events, along with a presentation on “Conservation Monitoring of Migratory Birds in a Changing World: the Case of the Swainson's Hawk,” given by California Wildlife Biologist, Brian Woodbridge.
Woodbridge and his team have been monitoring the population dynamics of Swainson's hawks, for over 25 years. Their research and work in Argentina lead to a successful international campaign to change pesticide use practices in Argentina.
In the eight years following this campaign, continued monitoring in Butte Valley, California shows improved survival rates of the migratory hawk and highlights the importance of long-term monitoring in conserving migratory birds.
Woodbridge’s work has been published in such publications as the NY Times and National Geographic, and has lead to significant political and conservatory change throughout the Americas.
Among the other highlighted activities, Eco-artist Karen White will assist participants in creating a large-scale natural sculpture in the style of a large bird’s nest. The nest structure will be built using thousands of fallen branches/twigs from the community and virtually 'weaving' the pieces together (without strings or glue).
White is an avid sculptor, environmental installation artists, photographer and writer who utilizes and emulates nature as the source of her creativity. She incorporates her philosophies of sharing art experiences with the public in her on-site installations such as the Audubon nest that will be built on the Lincoln City Cultural Center lawn.
Casual on-lookers at the weekend event and those who want to get involved can take part in the creation of the work through hands-on interactions.
All ages/abilities are welcome to join in the fun and making the nest is a way to understand bird habitats and nest structures. Participants will learn how natural materials can be a creative medium and how they provide shelter to several of our feathered friends.
Once the nest is completed, it will allow viewers to observe their own place within the natural world.
“By dissolving boundaries of the man-made and growing organic artwork in close proximity to artificial structures, the installation becomes a conduit to reconnect humans with the natural world,” said Karen White.
By participating in the event activities, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City hopes that people will have a better understanding and appreciation of nature, birds and wildlife, and want to get involved in future programs with Audubon and activities in Lincoln City.
Tickets are $25 per person per day or $30 for a weekend pass and are available now. Kids under the age of 16 get into festival free. For tickets or further information contact the Audubon Society of Lincoln City at 541-992-0440 or visit www.lincolncityaudubon.com