By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the Parade
A nature festival to celebrate the abundance of wildlife in our community is scheduled March 3 at the South Padre Island Golf Club.
A sixth-annual event, the festival features an amateur photo contest with judging as one highlight of the nature celebration. Admission to the photo contest, and all over associated events, is free of charge.
Activities for the day kick off at 7 a.m. with an early morning birding tour.Participants are to meet at the SPIGC Clubhouse.
“Breakfast with the Birds,” overlooking Egret Lake is scheduled from 8-9 a.m., followed by a presentation, “Lets Plant for Birds and Butterflies” with Marne Law, master gardener.
At 11 a.m., Scarlet Colley, director of Sea Life Center, will speak on “Dolphins and Birds in the Bay.”
A noon-time break is scheduled at 12 p.m. with lunch sponsored by the Bay Area Birders.
Award presentation for the photo contest is slated for 1 p.m., with comments from the judges.
“Butterfly Gardening in the RGV” is planned for 1:30 p.m., with Norman Winter, director of NBAB.
The final scheduled activity of the day will be at 3 p.m. with an afternoon birding tour to be offered.
Booths and raffles are scheduled throughout the day.
The photo contest is open to non-professionals. Photos must be taken within 30 miles of the SPIGC sales office) within the past year. Photos should measure 8 ½ x11 or 8 x 10 inches in size and be unmated.
Submission dates for entries are Feb. 29 and March 1 at the sales office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Writing on photos is not allowed on front or back. No nameor information should be on the photos.
Maximum number of entries per person is four. Categories include Birds of Prey; Songbirds, Waterbirds and Wildlife with no birds in the photo. Contestants may pick up their photos on March 3 from 3-4 p.m.
For more information, visit wwwbirdfestnews.com.