Bird Festival

The 2016 Bird Festival is planned for May 14

Hope to see you there.

2015 Bird Festival was a Big Success!

On-going activities throughout the day:

Rick West’s Live Birds of Prey
Educational Exhibits and Information Tables
Booths with Arts. Crafts, and Consumables
Activities for Youngsters
Tickets for Prize Drawings on Sale and Items on Display
Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque
The Answer Guy – Eager to Answer Your Bird Questions
The Hawk Counter – On the Job

Scheduled activities:

10:00 to 10:15  Opening Words

10:30 to 11:15  Bird/Nature Walk

11:45 to 12:30  Kids Only Activity and Bird Walk (Ages 10 and up)
Food Web Game (Ages <10)

11:45 to 12:30  Bird/Nature Walk

1:00  First Prize Drawing (Must be present to win)

1:45 to 2:15  Hawk Talk

2:30 to 3:00  Bluebird Walk

3:15 to 4:00  Bird/Nature Walk

4:15  Second Prize Drawing (Must be present to win)

Booths with Arts, Crafts, and Consumables

Alternative Health and Wellness (New Haven)
Activities, foods, and items that promote
health and well-being

Integrative Healing Solutions (Mexico)
Visit with Mary Lichtenstein,
Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) , and learn the approach
that teaches you about holistic healing of the mind, body, and spirit. EEM
provides individuals with tools that allow them to gain control over their health.

JP Gifts (New Haven)
Homemade, all natural treats for dogs in a variety of sizes and flavors;
H andcrafted jewelry and bird seed crafts

Sue deLearie Adair Wildlife Art (Schenectady)
Wildlife art – originals, prints, and cards

The Eyes of the Forest (Pennellville)
Art with a focus on plants and animals; paintings
on rocks and feathers; animal-themed jewelry

Red School House Maple Syrup (Fulton)
Maple products

Handcrafted Wooden Items (Savannah)
Walking sticks and canes created from found wood.
Bird feeders, squirrel feeders, and decorative
signs

Xanadu Farm (Oswego)
Local, naturally grown produce and eggs

Educational Exhibits and Information Tables

Onondaga Audubon – Welcome/Membership

Nature Activities for Children

Information about Bluebirds, Pollinators, and Conservation Issues

SLELO PRISM
SLELO PRISM is a mouthful of an acronym, but it’s all about partnering up to fight all kinds of invasive species – emerald ash borer, water chestnut, swallow-wort, Asian carp, and Japanese knotweed, to name a few. Elizabeth Truskowski will be there with information for you to help fight the invasions.

Habitat Gardening in Central NY
Learn about earth-friendly gardening and how you can create a haven for wildlife by using native plants. Linda Rossiter will provide
information and links to resources.

Wood Carving – Robert Gullotta
Bob will show how a local hardwood log can be transformed into an anatomically-correct duck. He’ll be exhibiting samples from various stages of the process and show how he applies the finishing touches to his work.

New York Sea Grant – Cornell University
New York Sea Grant is a statewide network of integrated services promoting
coastal economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and public education about
New York’s marine and Great Lakes resources. Brittney Rogers, an expert in watercraft
inspection, will show how stopping aquatic invasives at the source protects aquatic ecosystems.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center
Learn about our avian friends at this hands-on interactive table.
Linda Brosch will share materials and provide learning activities
for children.

Food – Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque

Businesses That Donated Items or Gift Certificates

Cam’s Pizzeria, Oswego
Dickman Farms, Auburn
First Cup, Marcellus
Integrative Healing Solutions, Mexico
JP Gifts, New Haven
Oswego Sub, Shop Oswego
Oswego Tea Company, Oswego
Piggers Liquor, Oswego
The Imaginary Farmer, Hamilton
Tractor Supply, Fulton
Tractor Supply, Oswego
Wild Birds Unlimited, Fayetteville

Onondaga Audubon Thanks Our Sponsors

GOLDEN EAGLE LEVEL ($150)
Dr. Ken Hodgson Sterling, NY
Oswego Elks Lodge #271 Oswego, NY
Tara Animal Hospital Oswego, NY 564-6064
Wild Birds Unlimited Fayetteville,NY http://www.fayetteville.wbu.com/ 637-0710

BALD EAGLE LEVEL ($100)
Hannibal Village Market (IGA) Hannibal, NY 564-6318
Jack McNerney Chevrolet Tully, NY http://www.jackmcnerneychevrolet.com/
Johnston’s Propane Service Fulton, NY 592-5450
K-9 Grooming and Pet Motel Oswego, NY 343-5158
Ontario Orchards Oswego, NY http://www.OntarioOrchards.com/ 343-6328
PathFinder Bank
Tesoriero Chiropractic Office, PC Oswego, NY http://www.doc-t.net/

KESTREL LEVEL ($50)
Bardan Construction Oswego, NY 342-3041
Canale’s Italian Cuisine Oswego/Liverpool, N.Y. http://www.canalesrestaurant.com
Heath Asphalt Paving Hannibal, NY 564-6806
RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting Oswego, NY contact@rjcarusotax.com

SUPPORTERS ($25)
In fond memory of Robert R. Parkhurst who taught his children to love nature.
Remembering Helen Wladyka Whiteley who loved to watch and
feed the birds in her yard.
WD MaloneTrucking and Excavating, Inc. Hannibal, NY 564-6784

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HAWK COUNTER
After 17 years watching hawks at Derby Hill and learning the craft there, birder David Wheeler is enjoying his first season on the other side of the clickers as official Hawk Counter. Dave also enjoys the morning/evening songbird flights and walking the hedgerows looking for new migrants. He is telling the story of the year’s migration through extensive field notes and photographs on Hawkcount.org and Facebook, helping readers to visualize the day’s events. He will be at the observatory most days through May 31st answering questions, pointing out birds, and sharing his love of nature

A special “Thank you” from the Festival Committee goes out to:
Gator Press Printing (Cape Coral, FL) for a great job and a great price for printing our posters.
The Montezuma Audubon Center (Savannah) for the use of their van and equipment and to Chris Lajewski for all his help.
Karen Burns for her talent, patience, and the time she spent creating the bird festival poster and flyer.
Blue Bowl Sanitation, Inc. (Fulton) for providing a portable restroom at cost.
Tom Riley and Alison Kocek for their excellent publicity work.
Jim Tarolli, Michele Neligan, and Rose DeNeve for the use of their photos.
The OAS Board of Directors and OAS president, Paul Richardson, for their support.

Bird Festival Committee
Maryanne Adams
Kim Farrell
Jason Mauro
Michele Neligan
Pat Parkhurst

Bird Festival Volunteers
Carol Adams
Niles Brown
Roger Brown
Linda Brosch
Karen Burns
Bernie Carr
Rose DeNeve
Dave Fitch
Julie Fishman
Robert Gullotta
Ken Hodgson
Gene Huggins
Tim Johnston
Dori Joiner
Renee Kittleman
Alison Kocek
Chris Lajewski
Kathleen Liedka
Mark Magistro
Libbie Messina
Frank Moses
Joan Ragland
Suzanne Ray
Paul Richardson
Thomas Riley
Brittney L. Rogers
Linda Rossiter
Linnea Rowse
Linda Salter
Michael Salter
Gerry Smith
Steve Soule
George Spak
Judy Thurber
Elizabeth Truskowski
Dave Wheeler
Terry Wood
Wanda Wood

Bring your family and friends

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For a fun day all about birds and nature: Come to Onondaga Audubon’s fourth annual Bird Festival May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Derby Hill Bird Observatory!

Bird watching, nature walks, and kids’ activities are scheduled throughout the day. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about birds, bird behavior, and bird migration. You can get up close and personal with Rick West’s live hawks and owls and learn all about the fascinating world of raptors.

There will be educational exhibits as well as booths with hand-crafted walking sticks, bird feeders, maple products, wildlife photography, artwork, and other items for sale. You can also take a chance in our prize drawing and enjoy some of the tantalizing fare offered by Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque. And, of course, the star performers—eagles, hawks, vultures, and other wild birds—will be flying overhead.

Admission and parking are free!

Directions to the Bird Festival

Layout 1Derby Hill Bird Observatory is located on Sage Creek Drive just east of the town of Texas (off Rt. 104B) in Oswego County. Sage Creek Drive can be found on page 83 of the New York State De Lorme Atlas, between coordinates D-4 and 5. From Syracuse, the easiest way to reach Derby is to take I-81 north to exit 34, which is Route 104. Turn west on 104. Drive 6 miles to the village of Mexico. Turn right (north) at the traffic light onto Route 3. Drive north on Rt. 3 for 4 miles to the intersection with Route 104B. Turn left (west) on Rt. 104B and drive one-half mile. Sage Creek Drive will be on your right. Watch out for the green signs for Derby Hill traveling either direction on 104B.


Read about previous festivals:
2014 Derby Hill Bird Festival a “Bang-up Day”

By Diane Emord

“Awesome bird festival. A really bang-up day birding!” “That was fun! It’s nice to be surrounded by good people enjoying life.”
These are but two comments made by folks who attended Onondaga Audubon’s 2014 Bird Festival at Derby Hill. On May 10, more than 300 ‘good people’ braved the rainy-day forecast to spend a few hours outdoors, ‘enjoying life.’
The predicted rain never arrived, but a lot of nature activity did. Returning to the festival this year was popular master falconer Rick West, who used his live hawks and owls to demonstrate raptor physiology, ecology, and conservation. Also returning were Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque and eight vendors offering nature-related items, from note cards, candles, and jewelry to original photography and fine artwork.

New to the festival was Bob Gulotta’s wood-carving demonstration, showing how a chunk of hardwood can be transformed into an anatomically correct duck. New advocacy tables also provided information on hydrofracking, the 30-year take permits for eagles, invasive species, Lake Ontario management plans, and other environmental issues.
Three guided bird walks turned up Orange-crowned, Prairie, and Hooded Warblers, Red-headed Woodpecker, and a very cooperative Prothonotary Warbler. Another bird walk helped monitor the Derby Hill bluebird trail, while a fifth walk was for kids only. Other kids’ activities included face painting, an interactive storm-water table, and ecological simulation games. Finally, three drawings and a silent auction proved to be a big fundraiser for the chapter.

A brief onsite survey indicated that most festival-goers were not members of Onondaga Audubon and were making their first visit to Derby Hill. The annual Bird Festival helps sustain the chapter’s outreach mission of increasing environmental awareness and engendering a greater appreciation for local natural resources and wildlife.

Bird Festival Schedule

On-going activities throughout the day:
Silent Auction (You need not be present to claim the item)
Rick West’s Live Birds of Prey
Vendors and Information Tables
Kids’ Activities
Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque

Scheduled activities:
10:30 to 11:15 Bird/Nature Walk
11:45 First Raffle Drawing (Must be present to win)
1:00 to 1:45 Kids Only Bird Walk/Scavenger Hunt (Ages 8 and up)
1:00 to 1:45 Bird/NatureWalk
2:00 Second Raffle Drawing (Must be present to win)
2:30 to 3:00 Bluebird Walk
3:00 to 3:45 Bird/Nature Walk
4:15 Third Raffle Drawing (Must be present to win)
4:45 Silent Auction closes (Results announced)

Here is the 2014 Bird Festival vendor lineup:

Alternative Health and Wellness (New Haven)
Activities, foods, and items that promote health and well being

Boliver’s Gold and Silversmith (Croghan)
Handmade, one-of-a-kind silver and gold jewelry;
tiny handwoven silver baskets

Jack Courtney (Wolcott)
Nature/wildlife photography

Full Moon Reflections (Taberg)
Native American bead work and gemstone jewelry

John Hancock (Syracuse)
http://www.hancockphotos.com
Nature/wildlife photography

Kim’s Fabulous Faces (Warners)
Face painting, glitter tattoos, animal balloons, survival bracelets,
kool-off bandanas, corn bags, hair bows, head bands, and more….

ChallengeMeBooks.com – Laurel Butkins (Truxton)
Nature inspired photography, photobooks, postcards, puzzles and more…

Sue deLearie Adair Wildlife Art (Schenectady)
Wildlife art – originals, prints and cards (Weather permitting)

The Eyes of the Forest (Pennellville)
Art with a focus on plants and animals;paintings
on rocks and feathers;animal-themed jewelry

Victoria Storey (Clay)
Nature artist, original paintings and prints, notecards
and hand painted magnets (Weather permitting)

Information Booths

Onondaga Audubon Society Welcome Table

Advocacy and Action
David and Janet Muir will provide the public with information about the impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking), 30-Year “take” permits for Bald and Golden Eagles and other environmental issues.

Lake Ontario
Emily Sheridan (Eastern Great Lakes Watershed Coordinator) and Jennifer Reeher (NYS DEC representative to the Lake Ontario Work Group) will provide a display focusing on the Lake Ontario Binational Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LO-LAMP). They will have kid-friendly activities (interactive stormwater table and Lake Ontario temporary tattoos) and items for adults such as the Lake Ontario Annual Report booklet.

Invasive Species
SLELO PRISM is a mouthful of an acronym, but its all about partnering up to fight the invasion of all kinds of invasive species – emerald ash borer, water chestnut, swallow-wort, Asian carp and Japanese knotweed, to name a few of the species we love to hate. Sandy Bonanno and Dick Drosse of the Oswego Co. Environmental Management Council will be there to represent SLELO with information for you to help fight the invasions.

Wood Carving
Robert Gullotta will show how a local hardwood log can be transformed into an anatomically-correct duck. He’ll be exhibiting samples from various stages of the process and show how he applies the finishing touches to his work.

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. http://limehollownaturals.com/

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. http://customcradles.weebly.com/

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. northshorenatives@gmail.com

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 http://nanettebergevin.weebly.com/, plus peacock feathers and origami flowers.

Laurel Butkins Photography (Truxton, NY) will be on hand with nature photos, postcards. http://www.ChallengeMeBooks.com

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. http://www.sleloinvasives.org

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:// fineartamerica.com/profiles/victoria-storey.html.

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

Supporters
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:

e-mail: oabirdfest@gmail.com

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)