By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the Parade
An amateur photo contest and presentations on the Valley’s unique nature and a birding tour will highlight the Seventh Annual Birdfest Nature Festival in Laguna Vista on Saturday, March 2.
The yearly event is designed to “celebrate the amazing wildlife in our community,” event organizers say. Admission is free and open to the public, and runs from 7 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.
Four categories will be judged including Birds of Prey, Song Birds, Waterbirds and Wildlife (no birds). A maximum of four entries per contestant will be accepted.
The public is invited to participate in the day-long event, or for any of the individual events. The line-up of activities for the event include:
7 a.m. – Early morning tour, meet at the SPIGC Clubhouse with Bay Area Birds
9 a.m. – Native Plants for Attracting Birds and Butterflies – Marne Law, Master Gardener
10 a.m. – Photo Journal to Birds of the Rio Grande Valley – Marilyn Loranz
11 a.m. – The Biodiversity and Cultural Legacy of the Rio Grande Delta – Lawrence V. Lof
Noon – Break and lunch sponsored by Bay Area Birders
1 p.m. – Photo Contest Award Presentation and Judges’ comments
1:30 p.m. – Butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley with NABA
2:30 p.m. – Guided Birding Tour with Bay Area Birders – Meet at the Clubhouse
Booths and raffles will be conducted throughout the day.