Years ago we were in the Columbia Basin area to find Sandhill Cranes and were fortunate enough to see thousands of them. A few photos from that trip are included in our book, A Kid’s Guide to Birding. The natural landscape there is spectacular on its own, but with huge numbers of cranes, it was like something you would only imagine existing in the earlier days of exploration.
So when an invitation to speak at the festival came from the organizers in Othello, we were more than happy to head back out to the area.
So let me tell you about this festival. It is fantastic! The festival’s organizers put a lot of effort and careful planning into the event. There were regular scheduled buses and vans taking people out to the best wildlife viewing areas (which also included private agricultural areas) as well as areas of geological interest. Breakfast was served on Saturday and there was a Banquet in the evening along with one of the keynote speakers. All the speakers had impressive credentials and did great presentations. There were displays, book sales, and more. But what impressed me the most was the incredible community involvement, with both young and old involved in all sorts of ways. I was beginning to wonder if there was a town ordinance that required everyone to be involved, because it seemed like everyone and every organization had some role in helping the event come together.
So make plans to be there for the next one, the “20th annual” Sandhill Crane Festival in 2017. But book early because when we tried, ever hotel in the area was fully booked!
Lorenzo was invited by Everett Parks & Recreation to lead the Aquanauts Science Camp on a birding trip to Spencer Island (July 21, 2015). Bird sightings included Great Blue Herons, Cedar Waxwings, Killdeer, Caspian Terns, Marsh Wrens, Red-wing blackbirds, and Belted Kingfishers. The highlight was Osprey doing repeated dives for fish as shown in the photo sequence taken by Lorenzo. Notice in image #3 how the Osprey goes down with feet first before reaching the water.
Plan early. Here’s something for kids: “The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is one of these important new volunteer movements that is gaining popularity across North America from Alaska to Florida. Thanks to some of that exhilarating Northern California innovation and creativity from co-founders Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie in Sonoma, along with their partner Bird Studies Canada, this holiday event is sweeping North America.”
Find out more at: http://ebird.org/content/ybn/news/cbc4kids/
Lorenzo leading Tahoma Audubon’s Kid’s Expedition Day 2013 Birdathon Field Trip. Despite the rainy forecast, we had 10 enthusiastic briders come out to participate. Which was great because got to see a lot of great bird species on the trip:
Brown Tree Creeper
Cedar Wax wings
Common Yellow Throat
Great Blue Harons
Great Horned Owl
Lorenzo explaining birding to a very enthusiastic class of 2nd-graders. The next presentation will be May 18th for Eastside Audubon Society, then May 25th at Camano Island State Park (CISP amphitheater, 7:30), then May 27th a guided birding walk (Audubon fundraiser) at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (8:00 am – 11 am)
Lorenzo and his dad, Michael Rohani, have traveled thousands of miles together birding and photographing birds. Their book, A Kid’s Guide to Birding, is full of tips for kids about how to get started in birding, where to find birds, and ways to identify them. It also shows projects you can do to bring birds into your own back yard.
Lorenzo loves birds and is always learning more fun facts about them. He’ll tell about the fun he’s had looking at birds and share his beautiful photographs. Grownups say his talk is as entertaining and informative for them as it is for kids.
To read Lorenzo’s blog and learn more about him, visit his website, kidsbirding.com.
Be sure to join Eastside Audubon and Lorenzo Rohani for an unforgettable afternoon.