2007 KERN RIVER VALLEY SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL
- Sorry for the serious cross-posting - trying to reach as many people as
2007 KRV SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL - http://kern.audubon.org/bioregion.htm
Friday-Monday, April 27-30, 2007, is set for the 13th Annual Kern River
Valley Spring Nature Festival, centered on Audubon-California's 2,894-acre
Kern River Preserve in north-central Kern County. Formerly known as the
BioFest, this festival celebrates an area that has garnered international
recognition for its natural diversity, one that Miyoko Chu, in her book
Songbird Journeys: Fours Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, highlights
as one of two in the Western Hemisphere to visit to observe songbirds during
spring and summer nesting season. Two hundred thirty-seven (237) bird
species were tallied during last year's four day festival.
Besides the Kern River Preserve field trip destinations include
Audubon-California's Kelso Creek Sanctuary, Butterbredt Spring, Canebrake
Ecological Reserve, Chimney Peak National Backcountry Byway, Kern National
Wildlife Refuge, and Sequoia National Forest.
Habitats to be visited and birds on hand are representative of the Central
Valley, Great Basin, Mojave Desert, and Sierra Nevada. All are within a few
miles of each other.
The 2007 KRV Nature Fest's web pages may be found by going to:
http://kern.audubon.org/bioregionactivities.htm. A full slate of field trips
is scheduled for all four days of the festival including a record five
owling trips. Check out the web site to see what is already scheduled and
visit it periodically through to the April 27th start of the festival to see
what new has been added.
Birds are not the only attraction. The Kern River Valley/Southern Sierra
Nevada is also known widely for its diversity of butterflies, mammals,
moths, plants, and reptiles. The KRV Nature Fest strives to celebrate all
the natural diversity of this amazing region through children's activities,
demonstrations, evening dinner programs, field trips, informational
exhibits, music, special presentations, and workshops.
Featured dinner program speakers this year are Fred Heath on Friday night
presenting "An Introduction to the Butterflies of the Kern River Valley and
Southern Sierra Nevada" and Nature Ali, Alison Sheehey, on Saturday night
presenting "The Big Picture in a Small Frame: The Natural History of Kern
County and the Southern Sierra Nevada".
Festival artwork this year has once again been provided by John Schmitt,
internationally known bird artist, feather expert, field ornithologist, trip
leader, and Kern River Valley resident. John's Wrens of the Kern River
Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada artwork may be previewed on festival web
Field trip leaders to date are Bob Barnes, Gary File, Mary Freeman, Nick
Freeman, Fred Heath, Kerncrest Audubon Society members, Fletcher Linton, Dan
Lockshaw, Michael McQuerrey, Gary Potter, Roy Poucher, John Schmitt, Alison
Sheehey, Steve Sosensky, Southern Sierra Research Station staff, Bob Steele,
Susan Steele, and Reed Tollefson. If you are willing to help out, please
reply off-line to: bbarnes@.... Thank you.
For more information contact: Alison Sheehey, KRV Spring Nature Festival
Coordinator (E-mail: krpfriends@..., Phone: (760) 378-2029), or
Bob Barnes, Nature Fest Field Trips Coordinator (E-mail:
bbarnes@..., Phone: (760) 375-6140).
P.O. Box 153
Weldon, CA 93283
http://natureali.org - "Sharing the magic of central California's
biodiversity with the world."