Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Post-post Festival Acknowledgements

Better late than never! The Friends of Stillwater NWR would like to post this belated but sincere THANK YOU! to all who helped make the 2014 Spring Wings Festival a success!

We had the most exhibitors attend in several years, and they attracted a large crowd of families who enjoyed learning and discovering about the natural resources and great outdoor opportunities in our area.

Thanks goes to the dedicated volunteers who helped set up and take down the event, drove the vans, birded with guests, presented educational talks and staffed the registration/sales tables.

Most of all, we would like to express our appreciation to those who support the Festival by attending the talks, tours, exhibits and becoming members of the Friends of SNWR.  Without your interest and enthusiasm this event would not have been possible for this 17th year! 

We look forward to having you become involved with the Friends, and please feel free to contact us with your ideas and thoughts for the Festival and other programs.  We will post on this site and contact those we have emails to let you know when the planning begins for the 2015 event.

Some amazing artwork made with feathers!

The art Chris Maynard has created with feathers impressed us so much, we thought we'd share it with you. Here's the link: Incredible Artwork with Feathers

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Sample of Maynard's artwork

An Interesting Read...

Click on this link for an interesting read on a review of the naturalist Joel Greenberg's book about why the passenger pigeon became extinct written this week in The New Yorker: Passenger Pigeon
 
In his new book about the passenger pigeon, the naturalist Joel Greenberg sets out to answer a puzzling question: How could the bird go from a population of billions to zero in less than fifty years?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An interesting article about a fascinating bird

We came across this article in Audubon Magazine about the troubles the roseate spoonbill population is experiencing in the Florida Everglades. Just thought we'd share:

http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/roseate-spoonbills-send-warning-signs-about-florida-everglades