Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival

  • Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • 8:00 AM
  • Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • 12:00 PM
  • In and around Berkeley Springs, WV

What: Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival

Where: In and around Berkeley Springs, WV

Who: Everyone is welcome

When: Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday

Cost: Daytime events free; Saturday evening program $10 per person

After a year's hiatus, the Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival is back and scheduled for the weekend of September 19-20.

This will be the festival's seventh year.

Most of its events will be free and everyone is invited to attend any or all of them. No pre-registration is required.

The festival is timed to coincide with the annual fall bird migration. It will include Saturday and Sunday morning bird walks, a Saturday evening program at the Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs, and a "Beginning Birding" workshop Saturday afternoon.

PVAS is the lead sponsor.

This year's featured Saturday evening speakers will be Smithsonian Institution forensic ornithologist Marcy Heacker, and Steve Huy, a noted owl and raptor expert.

The first event will be a morning bird walk that will start at 8:00 a.m. at the scenic Panorama Overlook on Route 9 west of Berkeley Springs and move on to favorite riparian sites near the junction of the Cacapon and Potomac rivers. The walk will be led by local birding experts Jon Boone and Janet Ardam.

At 10:00 a.m., participants will gather at the Ice House for coffee and pastries and an on-site demonstration of backyard birding strategies and gear.

Saturday's "Beginning Birding" workshop will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Cacapon State Park Nature Center. It will be intended for beginners of all ages. Marci Heacker will show what features all birds share, and Park Naturalist Renee Fincham will lead a short trail walk to demonstrate how birds are viewed, identified and enjoyed.

Saturday evening's program will feature two presentations. At 7:00 p.m., Marcy Heacker will give a talk entitled "Feathers 101; The Basic Anatomy and Function of Feathers." At 8:00 p.m., Steve Huy will present "Birding With A Purpose," which will include an overview of Huy's early interest in bird migrations and raptors and a discussion of his current involvement with Project SNOWstorm, which tracks the movements of Snowy Owls.

The festival will wrap up the morning of Sunday, September 22, with an 8:30 a.m. bird walk at Sleepy Creek Retreat, a mountainside property off Route 522 south of Berkeley Springs. The property offers sweeping views and a rich variety of habitats. It will provide good opportunities to see migrating raptors, blue jays and warblers. Jon Boone and Janet Ardam will lead this walk as well.

For more info, see the PVAS website or contact the Nature Niche store in Berkeley Springs (168 North Washington Street, 304-258-0992 or

To help cover festival expenses, a $10 ticket will be sold for the Saturday evening program. Advance tickets will be available at the Nature Niche store.Tickets will also be available at the door.

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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County)
Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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