Bird Festival



 Join Catawba College students, lead by Jaye Gilmore (Env. Studies Major), on April 9th from 8am-1pm to celebrate the arrival of migratory birds!  This is a family event for ages 6 and over.  Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.



Bring your binoculars and hiking shoes for an early morning hike in the Catawba College preserve, led by Dr. Steve Coggin Dean of the Hurley School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Catawba College.  Be on the lookout for migrating warblers and ducks as well as native chickadees, titmice, and woodpeckers! 8 to 9 am

Live Bird Presentation

Bob Pendegrass from Dan Nicholas Park will demonstrate the sport of falconry!

International Migratory Bird Day Station

The signature program of Environment For The Americas, IMBD is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Targeting Recreation and Environmental Knowledge

Come try out the new T.R.E.K packs, filled with books and activities to use on the Catawba College preserve!

Bird Masks

Enjoy making and wearing a bird mask to where around the festival! 

Nature Journals

Create your own journal to take with you on an expedition into the preserve

The Bird Feeder

Help yourself to some birdie nibbles and hot chocolate!

Owl Pellet Dissection Station

You can dissect owl pellets to learn about the foods that this predatory bird eats!

Face Painting

Have images of birds painted on your face!

Paper Making

Learn how to make your own paper!

What Bird Are You?

Join in activities that let you act, sing, and fly like your favorite avian friends!

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