Registration Open For Second Annual Cape Cod Bird Festival

David Sibley, author and illustrator of the National Audubon Society's - David Sibley, author and illustrator of the National Audubon Society's "The Sibley Guide to Birds" and several other birding guide books, will be the featured speaker on Friday, September 19, at the Cape Cod Bird Festival in Hyannis. Day two of the festival will feature Greg Miller, one of three birding enthusiasts featured in Mark Obmascik’s book "The Big Year."

Coming September 19 through 22 is the Second Annual Cape Bird Festival, headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis. Headlining at the Bird Festival dinners will be David Sibley, artist and author of popular birding guides, on Friday, September 19, and Greg Miller on Saturday, September 20. Jack Black portrayed the character of Greg Miller in the 2011 movie, “The Big Year,” about bird enthusiasts, which also starred Steve Martin and Owen Wilson.

Registration closes August 7.

Both dinners are being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton. There will be a book signing and sale following David Sibley’s talk.

Daily bird watching trips are offered on Saturday and Sunday to many locations around the Cape including the Falmouth area, the Outer Cape, North and South Monomoy, local community gardens in Dennis, Brewster and Harwich, Tern and North Beach islands in Chatham, and more. Fall bird migration will be in full swing, providing looks at songbirds and shorebirds. Two boat trips will be held to look for pelagic (sea) birds off the coast of Chatham. On Monday, there will be a post-festival trip to Cuttyhunk Island for a full day of birding.

Four workshops will be held at the DoubleTree, including sessions on these topics: Planting for Birds with local Master Gardener, radio talk show host, and author, CL Fornari, and Storm Birding and the Cape Cod Bay Seabird Trap, with local expert birder, photographer, and author, Blair Nikula. A vendor marketplace, featuring birding and nature-oriented companies and organizations, will be hosted on Friday, September 19, from 3 to 6 PM, and on Saturday, September 20 from 11 AM to 6 PM, at the DoubleTree, open to the general public.

On Sunday, family day will be held at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, offering free admission to a series of nature-oriented activities for the entire family.  A live bird show is being presented two times a day with an admission fee.

To view and to register for the functions and birding trips, visit www.capecodbirdclub.org. Online registration is available as well as in writing by following the directions and links on the website.

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