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Registration Now Open - Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival  
From Thursday, July 11, 2019 -  01:00am
To Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:59pm

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens has opened Registraton for the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival.  Registration will be open  thru August 23, 2019.   Cost to attend the event is $330 for Basic Admission and $365 for Full.  The festival wlll be held September 19 thru September 21, 2019. 

Attendees will learn from more than 20 distinguished conservationists, researchers, photographers, naturalists, and environmental educators. Over 30 dynamic sessions will be offered on topics such as Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation, raptor identification, and birding by ear. The capstone of the festival is keynote speaker, David Allen Sibley, presenting The Art of Identification. Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. .

View the festuval event schedule here: https://www.dowgardens.org/whiting-forest-birding-festival-schedule

Register for the festival here:  https://www.dowgardens.org/birding-festival-registration


Basic Admission Includes

Admission to Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest during the Festival

Inspired by Nature: The Beauty of Birds – youth art showcase in the Whiting Forest Visitor Center

Origami in the Garden exhibition at Dow Gardens  

Voyageur canoe trips at the Tridge

Ticket to The Eagle Huntress documentary

Concurrent sessions

Refreshment breaks between concurrent sessions

Festival meals provided by the H Hotel: breakfast (9/20 – 9/22), lunch (9/20), dinner (9/20 and 9/21)  

Evening reception at Whiting Forest including: after-dark canopy walk tours, refreshments, origami activity, campfire social 

Admission to keynote speaker, David Allen Sibley presenting The Art of Identification, followed by a book signing 

Eligibility to participate in a “Fowl Prowl” downtown scavenger hunt, with a chance to win a prize

Full Admission Includes
Includes everything above, plus: two half-day field trips and workshops (carpool) OR one full day field trip (van transportation provided)

Location Whiting Forest 2203 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI


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