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2016 FALL FESTIVAL

September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - October 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Free – $45.00
Accidental Big Year by Neil Hayward

2016 FALL FESTIVAL

Dates: September 30th-October 2nd

The Fall Festival will be held at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary this year. Register below. The full schedule is filled with bird walks, talks, and adventures at the Sanctuary.

Come join us for a great event!

Mark your calendars now!

FEATURED KEYNOTE SPEAKER

My Accidental Big Year

Lost Amoung the Birds

Lost Among the Birds

In 2013 Boston birder Neil Hayward suffered a devastating bout of the Big Year. The temporary insanity resulted in almost 250,000 miles of travel, taking him to the remote corners of this continent: Barrow in the frozen north; the Dry Tortugas, dangling off the Florida Keys to the south; Newfoundland, poking out to the east; and tiny Adak, adrift in the volcanic Aleutian chain of the west. And a place they call New Jersey. By the year’s end, he’d netted some 750 species of bird and quite possibly set a new ABA Big Year record. In this talk, Neil will take a Big Year and apply cutting-edge high pressure technology and condense it into a Big Hour. Come hear about exotic birds, remote places, volcanoes, polar bears, Aleutian plumbing and more! Government health warning: Big Years can be contagious. High pressure technology not previously tested.

ABOUT NEIL HAYWARD

Neil Hayward

Neil Hayward

Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn’t want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn’t want to think about his failed relationship with “the one” or his potential for ruining a new relationship with “the next one.” And he almost certainly didn’t want to think about turning forty. And so instead he went birding.

Birding was a lifelong passion. It was only among the birds that Neil found a calm that had eluded him in the confusing world of humans. But this time he also found competition. His growing list of species reluctantly catapulted him into a Big Year–a race to find the most birds in one year. His peregrinations across twenty-eight states and six provinces in search of exotic species took him to a hoarfrost-covered forest in Massachusetts to find a Fieldfare; to Lake Havasu, Arizona, to see a rare Nutting’s Flycatcher; and to Vancouver for the Red-flanked Bluetail. Neil’s Big Year was as unplanned as it was accidental: It was the perfect distraction to life.

Neil shocked the birding world by finding 749 species of bird and breaking the long-standing Big Year record. He also surprised himself: During his time among the hummingbirds, tanagers, and boobies, he found a renewed sense of confidence and hope about the world and his place in it.

THE FULL SCHEDULE:

Friday Evening

7:30pm – Ruffed Grouse: MANAGEMENT IN INDIANA

Meet at Brooks Hall, presented by Jeff Stant

Jeff will introduce the Indiana Forest Alliance and their mission. She will discuss the results of the multi-year ecoblitz conducted within our Indiana state forests. In addition to observing and logging many species of plants, fungi, lichen, fish, herps, mammals, birds, the blitz observed at least five species of greatest conservation need. Sandra will also review the history of ruffed grouse in Indiana and the current status of management plans by various entities in Indiana.  Join us Friday evening to learn about the wonderful wildlife of our forests.

Saturday Morning

6:30-8:30am – Breakfast at the barn

Meet at the Markle Barn

Join the sanctuary committee for a great breakfast of flapjacks, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk in Markle barn.

7:30am- Birding Whitewater Memorial/Hueston Woods With Brad Bumgardner

Meet at Brooks Hall

Past president, Brad Bumgardner, will tour birders to nearby Whitewater Memorial State Park and Hueston Woods State Park for late migrating warblers, thrushes, and sparrows and visit Dr. David Russell at his banding station.  Afterwards, the group will stop and seek out the local Black Vulture roost along Brookville Reservoir.  The tour will return in time for lunch.

7:30am- Bird Walk with Alan Bruner at Mary Gray

Meet at the Markle Barn

Join Alan and find out what fall migrants are using the sanctuary! Fall is a great time to be outside and it’s even better when you are birding! Please join Alan Bruner, for an early morning bird walk through the Sanctuary.

9:00am (All Morning) – The Big Sit / Bird Banding

Meet at Brooks Hall

No matter the time of year, bird watching at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is fun. In addition, hanging out with friends and fellow birders is also enjoyable. Please join Amy Wilms and catch up with friends as she bands and catalogues birds around Brooks Hall, Markle Barn and the residences.

12:00pm – Lunch at the Barn

Meet at the Markle Barn

Join us for lunch! Lunch is provided by the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Committee and is included with registration.

Saturday Afternoon

12:45pm – 2:45pm- IAS Board Meeting

Meet at the Markle Barn

President: Jeff Canada.  Members are welcome to attend.

2:30pm – 4:30pm Speakers

Meet at Brooks Hall

We have a great lineup.  Join Allysin Gillet for a look at the Non-game Bird Conservation in Indiana at 2:30pm.

Saturday Evening

6:30pm – Dinner, Awards, And Membership Meeting

Meet at Brooks Hall

This year dinner will be served in Brooks Hall. The evening events will begin around 6:30 PM and will include the Awards Presentation and a Brief Membership Meeting followed by the keynote presentation.                                                                                                                                                      

7:00pm – Keynote Presentation:  my accidental big year

Meet at Brooks Hall

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Neil Hayward

In 2013, Boston birder Neil Hayward suffered a devastating bout of the Big Year. The temporary insanity resulted in almost 250,000 miles of travel, taking him to the remote corners of this continent: Barrow in the frozen north; the Dry Tortugas, dangling off the Florida Keys to the south; Newfoundland, poking out to the east; and tiny Adak, adrift in the volcanic Aleutian chain of the west. And a place they call New Jersey. By the year’s end, he’d netted some 750 species of bird and quite possibly set a new ABA Big Year record. In this talk, Neil will take a Big Year and apply cutting-edge high pressure technology and condense it into a Big Hour. Come hear about exotic birds, remote places, volcanoes, polar bears, Aleutian plumbing and more! Government health warning: Big Years can be contagious. High pressure technology not previously tested.

Neil, not only surprised the birding world, but himself, by breaking the long standing Big Year record.  Neil will have copies of his new book, Lost Among the Birds, for purchase and a book signing to follow the presentation

Lastly, Neil will join Ryan on a Sunday morning bird walk. Please join them.

Sunday

6:30-8:3oam – Breakfast at the Markle Barn

Join the Sanctuary Committee for a great breakfast in Markle Barn. The members love providing this meal! And they look forward to sharing the morning with you. Please join them for flapjacks, bacon, coffee, juice and fruit.

7:30am – Birding with Neil Hayward and Ryan Slack

Meet at Markle Barn

Please join Neil Hayward and Ryan Slack for an early morning bird walk around the Sanctuary. It’s a great way to end the festival and your time at MGBS.

9:00am  – Bird Banding- Day 2

Meet at Brooks Hall

Please join Amy Wilms and catch up with friends as she bands and catalogues birds around Brooks Hall, Markle Barn and the residences for a second morning.

Details

Start:
September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
End:
October 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $45.00
Event Category:

Organizer

Ryan Slack
Email:
vp@indianaaudubon.org

Venue

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary
3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd
Connersville, IN 47331 United States
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Phone:
765-827-5109
Website:
https://www.indianaaudubon.org

Who's Attending

80 people are attending 2016 FALL FESTIVAL

  • Ryan Slack
  • Jeff Canada
  • Evan Speck
  • Kristin Stratton
  • cookie ferguson
  • Sally Routh
  • Sue Arnold
  • brad bumgardner
  • Kimberly Ehn
  • Joanne Guttman
  • Gary Bowman
  • Brett Neff
  • Margaret Schwarz
  • Susna Eubank
  • Karen Arvin
  • Carol Goodall
  • Mary Fox
  • Alan Bruner
  • Lindsay Grossmann
  • William Cummings
  • Patsy Slack
  • Ana Maria Aguirre
  • Judith Borron
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