BirdFest offers visitors a chance to look, listen and learn about birds at Nescopeck State Park on Saturday, May 4
The whole slate of events from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is free.
In the Nature Discovery Area, crafts, games and bird house and bird feeder building will take place most of the day, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The schedule of other events is as follows:
From 8 to 9:45 a.m., Jeff Stratford of Wilkes University will show how he captures birds with a net and bands them before releasing them for his studies.
Dave Kruel and Jonathon DeBalko will lead a bird walk from 9 to 10:45 a.m. while park staff will take children on a shorter bird walk from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
At 11 a.m., Statford will take a group to see bluebird boxes in the park while he discuses the Pennsylvania Blue Bird Society with John Jakoby.
Meanwhile, also at 11 a.m., Karen Yarrish will read her children’s book, “Springtime Birds in My Backyard.” She will give away some copies, too.
People can learn how to make their yards welcoming to birds and, perhaps, pick up samples of seed packets from noon to 12:45 p.m.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting at the silo on Honey Hole Road, 3 miles from the park’s main entrance, Kevin Wenner, a wildlife management supervisor from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will walk through the fields while describing species that rely on the young forest taking shape there.
Doug Gross, an eBird coordinator, will share results from the Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas and talk about the state of birds in Pennsylvania between 1 and 1:45 p.m.
Folks can take a close look at what makes birds unique by viewing some adaptations on displays without live birds from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Then they can see live birds of prey from the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Ceneter between 2 and 3 p.m.
At 3:15 p.m., Lisa Williams, a game commission biologist, will tell what researchers found while studying the effect of West Nile virus on ruffed grouse, the state bird.