Grab your binoculars and birding guide – it’s time to register for the 2015 South Dakota Fort Randall Birding Festival scheduled for May 1-3, 2015 at Pickstown. It promises to be a spectacular event.
Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, a publication of the American Birding Association, will be the special guest and speaker. Floyd has written four books and more than 150 popular articles. His presentations will include – Bird ID: Starting Over, the Holistic Approach; Skills Workshop: How to Use Gadgets; and the keynote address: Birding Then and Now.
Other presentations will be given by Dr. Dave Swanson (Dept. of Biology – USD) speaking about Shorebirds on the Prairie and Swanson will lead a Birding Banding Workshop. Also presenting will be Lea Ymker (Fairway Seeds, Armour, SD) sharing information on A Backyard Bird Buffet. In addition to the presentations, the weekend will include area field trips. A popular field trip each year is to the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge, next to the Fort Randall Dam. This pristine refuge is not open to the public, but a field trip will be led by USF&WS personal on Sunday.
Whether a veteran birder or just beginning, this festival is an event you won’t want to miss. For additional information on this super birding weekend go to www.sdmissouririver.com/follow-the-river/birding. Or call the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge at 605-487-7603.
Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge