2014 Bluegrass Birding Festival


Wild Birds Unlimited and Lexington Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 1st annual Bluegrass Birding Festival & Craft Fair May 10-11 at Jacobson Park.

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Due to the wet conditions today we are forced to cancel the showing of RIO. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We hope to see you tomorrow for the last day of the Festival.

Welcome to the 1st annual Bluegrass Birding Festival! We are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend of birding. Central Kentucky has great opportunities for birding with over 350 documented species. Entrance to the festival will be FREE and open to the public. Our hopes for this festival are to expose as many as possible to the hobby of bird watching and to educate on topics of wildlife and conservation.

This is a zero waste event.

WE are now accepting Vendor applications! Click here for more information on how you can participate in this event.

Keynote Speaker

Joel Greenberg

Since 2009, Joel has been immersed in all things passenger pigeon. This includes writing A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction (Bloomsbury USA, 2014) , the first major work on the bird in over fifty years, and co-producing with director David Mrazek the documentary From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. This was the most abundant bird in the world, with a population likely in the billions, that was driven to extinction over the course of a few decades due mostly to unbridled killing for food and recreation. Come see Joel's talk:

Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Americans and Three Birds
which contrasts the stories of the passenger pigeon, Kirtland's warbler, and whooping crane.

Then watch the movie:

From Billions to NoneThe Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

Live Birds of Prey

on display from

Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky on Saturday

and BIOSE Critters in the Classroom on Sunday

We are adding two birding by canoe opportunities on Sunday. Stop by the High Adventure Wilderness School table under the tent to register.