February 16, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with Garden admission
Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. An educational celebration of the diversity of birds, the annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.
The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors, Wild Wings with live raptors including hawks and owls, bird life displays and drop-in family activities.
Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” a national citizen-science project. The annual event engages people across the U.S. and Canada in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout North America.
An estimated 60,000 people helped the Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species across the U.S. and Canada during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." Participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org to read a summary of the findings.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid lovely ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.
See photos from the 2011 Family Bird Fest.
For more information, please call (909) 625-8767.