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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, La Grande

Warmer temperatures and blue sky bring thoughts of spring…

May 16 – 18, 2014

Bird Watching Station
Bird Watching Station at the Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Mark your calendar for the ninth annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival May 16 – 18, 2014 near La Grande, Oregon. The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by “The State of the Birds” by Terrell D. Rich of Partners in Flight.

Beginning Saturday morning and through weekend, the wildlife area is open to birding and exploration. From 6:00 am to noon on Saturday, 6 stations will be staffed by local birders to assist visitors with finding and identifying birds. Also at the birding stations, artists sponsored by ArtsEast will be painting or sketching plein air from 9:00 am until noon.

Kid’s activities including building a birdhouse, coloring a canvas tote and the Junior Birder program will be available from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Also on Saturday, take in an afternoon bird walk, a live raptor presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife and information on native plants for birds.

On and off-site field trips Sunday wrap up the weekend. Registration for the Bird Festival is free but is required in order to receive your permit to be on portions of the wildlife area normally closed to entry.

Friday's Presentation: State of the Birds

How do we get the 40-60 million Americans who feed and watch birds to become more engaged in bird conservation action? Partners in Flight has lead a number of large-scale, multi-species assessments designed to identify the bird species and habitats most in need of conservation across North America. Terry will highlight findings from recent (2009-2013) State of the Birds Reports, and from Saving Our Shared Birds – The Partners in Flight Tri-national Vision for Landbird Conservation. Our challenge is to motivate those of us who enjoy birds to take action to increase the vastly inadequate resources – money and political support – for bird conservation from governments and the private sector, starting in the U.S. We know better than ever what species to work on and where.

Terrell D. Rich

Terry received a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MS in Zoology from Idaho State University.  He worked as a wildlife biologist for BLM for 20 years in Colorado, Idaho and North Dakota, spending the last 10 years as the National Nongame Bird Program Leader. From 2000 until just recently, Terry coordinated the international partnership, Partners in Flight. Over his career, he has participated in many projects that involve conservation planning at large geographic scales for multiple species. The most recent is Saving Our Shared Birds – The Partners in Flight Tri-national Vision for Landbird Conservation. Terry has been elected Honorary Member of the Cooper Ornithological Society and Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union. He is now pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Boise State University, and has started a consulting firm – Solutions for Bird Conservation LLC. Terry and his family live in Boise, Idaho.

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