This May 5-7, a new birding festival will be hosted at Chariton, in Lucas County. Iowa Audubon has partnered with Tourism Lucas County, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa DNR, Iowa Ornithologists’ Union, Lucas County Conservation Board and others, to create this first-time event. It is hoped that the festival will bring in many people unfamiliar with Lucas County, its rich forests and other habitats, to learn what a great place it is for neotropical migrants and resident nesting birds. Additional anticipated results are improved conservation efforts on private lands across the county and a boosting of local ecotourism. The festival weekend will provide activities for kids as well as adults.
Beginning on Friday evening, May 5, registration and social event will take place at Carpenter’s Hall in Chariton, main hosting facility for the entire weekend. At 8 PM a showing of a famous birding movie, The Big Year”, will be free to the public. Saturday and Sunday mornings will feature field trips to a variety of habitats across the county, along with a Saturday night trip to hear owls and nightjars.
Saturday afternoon will feature several programs and workshops relating to birds, habitat and more. Birding and other conservation groups will have displays, and commercial exhibitors will be selling books, birding equipment or other items. A home-style banquet will be held Saturday evening, featuring guest speaker Laura Erickson, noted bird author and photographer from Duluth, MN. For more information and online registration, check the following website: lucascountytourism.org.