ST. GEORGE – For many, January means shoveling sidewalks and setting resolutions, but for birders, the month proves to be prime birding time. Winter’s chill forces shrubs and trees to shed their leaves and creates an idyllic environment to catch glimpses of otherwise elusive and beautifully brilliant species of birds.
From Jan. 23-25, the public can enjoy a wide variety of fun and exciting educational events to learn more about the region’s vast species of birds during the “St. George Winter Bird Festival.” In its eleventh year, the festival will host a Birder’s Social, a Junior Birder Program that includes an art contest and a special workshop just for kids, educational presentations by renowned birding experts, and field trips to regional birding hot spots such as Zion National Park, Quail Creek, Sand Hollow and Hurricane Fields, and the Lytle Ranch. Daily lectures include species identification, banding, predators, and photography.
The majority of festival events will begin at the Tonaquint Nature Center at Tonaquint Park in St. George, located at 1851 South Dixie Drive.
For more information regarding registration, activities, field trips, and lectures included in the St. George Winter Bird Festival call 435-673-0996.
Event sponsors include: the St. George Chapter of the Red Cliffs Audubon Society, Bureau of Land Management’s Arizona Strip District and St. George Field Offices, the City of St. George, the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Utah Division of Natural Resources, Hilton Garden Inn, Hawk International, Home Depot, Click Elite, Super 8 Motel, and the Zion Natural History Association.
- When: Jan. 23-25
- Where: Most of the events will be held at the Tonaquint Nature Center at Tonaquint Park in St. George, 1851 South Dixie Drive.
- Admission: The cost for the event is $5 general admission which can be picked up at the Community Arts Building on Thursday and also at the Red Cliffs Audubon Society’s booth located at the Tonaquint Park on Friday and Saturday.