Spring into Yellowstone: Birding & Wildlife Festival

When:
May 14, 2014 – May 18, 2014 all-day
Where:
Cody, Wyoming, area
Cost:
$25 registration/additional fees
Contact:
Tia Brown
307-587-2777

Spring into Yellowstone 2014Spring into Yellowstone: Birding & Wildlife Festival

May 14 – 18, 2014

Go to festival’s website

For five days in May, the Cody area celebrates spring and the great outdoors in the Greater Yellowstone area. Discover the iconic birds and wildlife of our region, from sage grouse to grizzly bears and everything in between. The festival features guided field trips and interactive seminars led by some of the biggest names in birding and nature photography, as well as some of the top regional biologists.

As a partner in the festival, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is pleased to have staff presenting programs and leading field trips. Below are some highlights. For the complete event schedule for Spring into Yellowstone, click here. Note: the required $25 registration fee for the festival includes admission to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Additional fees for specific events noted below.

Golden eagle. Photo by C.R. Preston.

Golden eagle. Photo by C.R. Preston.

Wednesday, May 14

Reception, 5 – 7 p.m. ($20 additional fee)

Lecture, 7 – 8:30 p.m. The Magnificent Golden Eagle (included in the reception fee). Presented by the Draper Natural History Museum’s Senior Curator Dr. Charles Preston and Raptor Program Manager Melissa Hill. Preston’s richly illustrated talk takes you on a virtual safari to the Bighorn Basin. Then Hill introduces a special guest, golden eagle Kateri.

Thursday, May 15

Tour, 6 a.m. – noon. ($15 additional fee). Sagebrush-Steppe: Realm of the Golden Eagle. Led by Dr. Charles Preston and Melissa Hill.

Pronghorn Passage Exhibition, 6:30 – 8 p.m. (included in festival registration). National Geographic Young Explorer Joe Riis and author and naturalist Emilene Ostlind take you through the award-winning exhibition Pronghorn Passage.

Pronghorn crossing a river. Photo by Joe Riis.

Pronghorn crossing a river. Photo by Joe Riis.

Friday, May 16

Spring into Yellowstone Trade Show at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pronghorn Passage Exhibition, 9 – 11 a.m. (included in festival registration). National Geographic Young Explorer Joe Riis and author and naturalist Emilene Ostlind take you through the award-winning exhibition Pronghorn Passage.

Teasdale the great horned owl.

Teasdale the great horned owl.

Field Trip, 3 – 10 p.m. ($20 additional fee). Owl Prowl. Draper Natural History Museum staff lead a field trip all about owls. Meet Teasdale the great horned owl in advance and then hike through Yellowstone State Wildlife Management Area in the hopes of spotting several owl species.

Cody Wildlife Film Festival, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate the world’s finest nature films with an evening of screenings from the Best of Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. After a full day of bird and wildlife watching in Cody Country’s wild lands, sit back and enjoy the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Coe Auditorium’s comfortable ambiance with a night of nature cinematography. Friday night combines a series of unique short films followed by one feature length production. Total Running Time: 89 Minutes, films include:

  • Amazing Grace (4 min.)
  • Snows of the Nile (20 min.)
  • Elephant in the Room (5 min.)
  • On a River in Ireland (60 min.)

Saturday, May 17

Spring into Yellowstone Trade Show at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Condor’s Shadow, 2 – 5 p.m. (included in festival registration). The story of the very first endangered species recovery program and the challenges faced in returning the prehistoric species to an environment that threatens its independent survival. The film is followed by Q & A with the filmmaker.

For more information on the festival, visit the festival’s website or call the Cody Chamber of Commerce at 307-587-2777.

Spring into Yellowstone Birding and Wildlife Festival is coordinated by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce with additional partners Bureau of Land Management, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum, Friends of a Legacy (FOAL), Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Park Service/Yellowstone National Park, U.S. Forest Service/Shoshone National Forest, and Wyoming Game & Fish Department.
 

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