Celebrate spring at birding festival

RENOVO – Kettle Creek State Park will celebrate the spring migration with a birding festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 in the day-use area.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will bring live raptors representing species that may be found in the area. Programs focusing on raptor identification and adaptations will be held at 10 a.m. and noon at the Pine Grove Picnic Area.

Pontoon boat tours will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The boat will load at the dock by the boat launch. Space is limited and will be first come, first served.

The tours will focus on habitat features in and around the lake that attract waterfowl and other species of birds to the Kettle Creek Reservoir.

Participants can create peanut butter bird feeders or build a bluebird house throughout the day at stations adjacent to the day-use parking lot. Another station will focus on teaching the proper use of binoculars and basic bird identification.

An early bird walk will begin at 8 a.m. It will cover several habitat types in the season for migrating songbirds, waterfowl and raptors, as well as year-round resident species.

Parking will be in the day-use parking lot at the boat launch, and an information table will be set up near the boat launch.

Come dressed for the weather, bring a lunch and, if you have binoculars, journals, field guides or birding related material, feel free to bring them.

The festival will go on rain or shine.