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    Sorry for the serious cross-posting - trying to reach as many people as possible. 2007 KRV SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL - http://kern.audubon.org/bioregion.htm
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2007
      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).

      Alison Sheehey
      P.O. Box 153
      Weldon, CA 93283

      http://natureali.org - "Sharing the magic of central California's
      biodiversity with the world."
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