Bird Festival

Put Saturday, May 10, 2014 on your calendar!

Help us celebrate birds
at the 2014 Bird Festival!

On May 10, Onondaga Audubon is hosting the 2014 Bird Festival at Derby Hill Bird Observatory, and we could use your help!

If you have bird-related items to donate for the raffles or silent auction, please contact Diane Emord at ““. New or gently use field guides, coffee table books, binoculars, artwork, chinaware, craft and jewelry items, bird houses and feeders, or gift certificates are all good choices.

Would you like to help out on the day of the festival? You might sit at the registration table, pass out programs, welcome guests, or tend to other easy chores. For more information, contact Michele Neligan at”” .

If you would like to exhibit your artwork or sell your wares at the festival, or if you want to be a sponsor, contact Maryanne Adams at ““.


Fly Up to Derby Hill Bird Observatory for the
2014 Onondaga Audubon Bird Festival

10:00am to 5:00pm

Bring your family and friends for a fun day all about birds and nature. Live hawks, bird walks, nature activities, and kids’ face painting are scheduled throughout the day. You can help monitor a Bluebird trail or talk with bird experts about birds, bird behavior, and migration. You can see live hawks and owls and hear a talk about the fascinating world of raptors. A silent auction will offer bird and non-bird items, and there will be vendors with wildlife photography, native plants, artwork, and handcrafted jewelry for sale. In addition, the popular Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque will be on hand with their tantalizing fare. And, of course, the star performers—eagles, hawks, vultures, and other wild birds—will be flying overhead. Visit this page as we get closer to May for a complete schedule of events. Remember admission and parking are free—we hope you’ll join us!

We had a record crowd in spite of the less than perfect weather for the 2013 Bird Festival…and we raised over $2500 for the chapter! <span
Here is a slide show of images from the festival. All the photographs were supplied by Michele Neligan.

Here is a slide show of images from the festival. All the photographs were supplied by Michele Neligan.

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Live hawks, bird walks, nature activities, and kids face painting were scheduled throughout the day. Rick West from “Westy’s Birds of Prey” was in attendance to show and talk about his collection of fascinating hawks, falcons and owls. A silent auction offered bird and non-bird items, and vendors had wildlife photography, native plants, artwork, optical equipment and hand-crafted jewelry for sale. In addition, the popular Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque was on hand with their tasty fare. We hope you’ll join us next year and find out just how much fun hawk watching can be! Admission and parking are free.

Click this link to see a Post-Standard photo essay about the Bird Festival.

We had a terrific group of vendors this year!

Full Moon Reflections (Taberg, NY)
Juanita will be bringing her intricate Native American beadwork, along with gemstone necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. She will also have children’s moccasins and small leather beaded pouches. (If the weather is good, crocheted baby sweaters and blankets will also be available.)

Lime Hollow Naturals (Cortland, NY)
Kristin will be bringing her popular all-natural, all-vegetable handmade soaps, a full range of natural cleaning products, herbal salve, and natural deodorants. She will also have gift baskets perfect for Mother’s Day.

Custom Cradles and Wood Products (Mexico, NY)
Jim Gaudet designs and builds unique products from solid wood. He plans on bringing a selection of plant presses, wood baby cradles, toy trucks, Blue Bird boxes as well as other very creative bird houses.

North Shore Natives (Bernhards Bay)
Chuck Carpenter from this unique local nursery will be there with a variety of native plants. They specialize in woodland, shade loving species that are native to the Northeast and hard to find at standard nurseries. Some are from seed bought or collected, some from their own properties and some purchased from wholesalers. If you are looking for ways to enhance your bird plantings this would be a good booth to visit.

Boliver’s Gold and Silversmith (Crogan, NY)
Lynette creates hand wrought sterling silver baskets, feathers, and jewelry.

Nanette Bergevin Pottery and Jewelry (Jordan, NY) creates interesting and unique pottery as well as necklaces, earrings, and hammered brooches. She will be bringing some of the pottery and jewelry pictured at, plus peacock feathers and origami flowers.

Laurel Butkins Photography (Truxton, NY) will be on hand with nature photos, postcards.

Rob Williams, SLELO PRISM Coordinator will provide the public with information about invasive species. The St. Lawrence – Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership For Regional Invasive Species Management (SLELO PRISM) combats the spread of invasives.

Skip Wells, KOWA Sporting Optics will be there with binoculars and spotting scopes for your inspection.

Vicky Storey is a fine art artist.She will be displaying and selling framed original paintings and prints of nature and wildlife as well as hand painted bird houses and hand painted glass magnets. http://


Bird Festival Sponsors
Golden Eagle Level
Oswego Elks Lodge #271
Tara Animal Hospital, Oswego, New York 564-6064
Wild Birds Unlimited, Fayetteville, New York 637-0710

Bald Eagle Level
PathFinder Bank
Johnston’s Propane Sevice, Fulton, New York 592-5450
K-9 Grooming & Pet Motel, Oswego, New York 343-5158
Tesoriero Chiropractic, Oswego, New York
Hannibal Village Market (IGA), Hannibal, New York 546-6318
Ontario Orchards, Oswego, New York
Wild Bird Center of Manlius, New York

Kestrel Level
Canale’s Italian Cuisine, Oswego/Liverpool
Bardan Construction, Oswego, New York 342-3041
Furdi’s Homes, Fulton, New York
Heath Asphalt Paving, Hannibal, New York 564-6806
RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, Oswego, New York
Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble, Syracuse, New York

Jack McNerney Chevrolet, Tully, New York
The Oswego Tea Company, Oswego, New York

A big thank you to these businesses! Please patronize them.

There is plenty to see and do.

If you are interested in having a vendor table at future Bird Festivals or being a sponsor of the event please contact us at:


Or mail:

Onondaga Audubon Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 620
Syracuse, NY 13201

Or phone: 315 474-3778

Sponsorships levels are available from $150.00 to $25.00. Vendor fee is $25.00 and a product for the silent auction (you supply your own tent and table if desired)

The live birds of prey demonstration is always a crowd pleaser.