The city of Galt, in collaboration with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, is pleased to present the 11th annual Winter Bird Festival. Festival guests will enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Cosumnes River Preserve and the incredible opportunity to catch sightings of waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife in their winter habitat.

The festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Chabolla Community Center, 610 Chabolla Avenue.

Newly located at the Chabolla Community Center, festival headquarters will provide a starting point for exclusive preserve tours, educational presentations, wildlife shows, art displays, and hands-on activities. This is a winter celebration you’ll always remember. And don’t forget to bring your appetite: SactoMoFo will join the festival again this year, providing tasty offerings to fend off even the most mightiest of hunger pangs.

Festival headquarters will open bright and early Saturday morning at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Winter Bird Festival includes all kinds of hands-on family fun and educational opportunities presented at the community center throughout the day. Presentations include keynote speaker Paul Bannick, an award winning photographer and author; hawks, owls, water birds and even some bats; many unique vendors and hands-on activities for children of all ages to make and take home.

Organizers have planned exciting and educational presentations for this year’s festival including:

Speakers

Returning to the Galt Winter Bird Festival are Mike and Annette Heacox from Luciole Design Inc. who will present Backyard Bird Safari at 9 a.m. The two are landscape architects based in Sacramento, who return with more secrets on how to design and enjoy your ultimate bird/wildlife garden. Learn which bird species have a preferred time for taking baths in summer, design and create a simple water feature for birds, attract birds year-round with the right mix of low-water plants, and discover through the seasons the best time of day and location to observe birds and wildlife.

Corky Quirk, Program Director, Yolo Basin Foundation, will present Going Batty at 10 a.m. Get a close-up view of bats and learn about the importance of inviting them to your yard or farm. With years of experience, Corky will delight you with her extensive bat knowledge.

Back by popular demand, Gabriel Kerschner with Conservation Ambassadors will speak at 11 a.m. with his wildlife ambassadors. Guests will meet these wild creatures, which have sustained injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild or were kept as illegal pets. The Conservation Ambassador team delights tens of thousands of school children every year with a message of conservation and appreciation for the earth’s natural wonders. Guests can help welcome these animal ambassadors and learn about each one’s special place on our earth.

Leesa Klotz, Education Coordinator for Cal-Waste Recovery Systems, will speak at 12 p.m. Leesa works daily to help students and community members strengthen their understanding about how individual actions impact the world around us. This fun, engaging presentation offers insight on how to bring environmental awareness into our daily lives, conserve natural resources, and learn what it really means to recycle and why it is important. You will leave empowered to be an agent of sustainability, making the world a better place for wildlife and ourselves.

Festival favorite, Hawks, Honkers and Hoots, will be presented at 1 p.m. by Kelli Moulden and her team. Kelli’s mission is to inspire respect for local and migratory birds through customized and entertaining educational programs. Enjoy a fantastic opportunity to see and experience hawks, owls and water birds up close and personal. Yes, the birds are coming to visit.

Keynote speaker Paul Bannick will speak at 2 p.m. Paul is an award-winning author and wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitats. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.

Paul is both the author and photographer of two books, “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls” (Braided River) and “The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds” (Mountaineers).

Bring your Paul Bannick books to be signed before or after the presentation. Books will be for sale at the event.

11th annual Winter Bird Festival

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Chabolla Community Center

610 Chabolla Avenue

www.ci.galt.ca.us/WBF

209-366-7180

Winter Bird Festival Presentations

Chabolla Community Center

9 a.m. Backyard Bird Safari,

Landscape Artist Mike Heacox

10 a.m. Going Batty,

Corky Quirk

11 a.m. Conservation Ambassadors,

Gabriel Kerschner

12 p.m. Cal-Waste,

Leesa Klotz

1 p.m. Hawks, Honkers and Hoots,

Kelli Moulden

2 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Paul Bannick

2:30 p.m. Book Signing,

Paul Bannick