Spring into Yellowstone: Birding & Wildlife Festival

May 13, 2015 – May 17, 2015 all-day
Cody, Wyoming, area
$30 registration/additional fees
Tia Mitchell

Spring into Yellowstone banner, 2015

May 13 – 17, 2015

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 local experts and top regional biologists, providing great learning experiences and fun each day. Participants also peruse bird and wildlife-themed art at local galleries and enjoy included admission to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West throughout the days of the festival.

As a partner in the festival, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is pleased to have staff presenting programs and leading field trips. Find details, the complete event schedule, and online registration for Spring into Yellowstone at the festival website. Note: the required $30 registration fee for the festival includes admission to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Additional fees for specific events noted below.

Festival events that take place at the Center or are led by Center staff:

Spring into Yellowstone: CenterWelcome Reception at the Center of the West
May 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25

A reception of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with a presentation by Michael Leach kicks off the festival. Leach talks about grizzly bears, wolves, bison, wilderness, and Yellowstone, and then signs copies of his book Grizzlies on my Mind.

Spring into Yellowstone: Black-footed ferret

Black-Footed Ferret Display in the Hub
May 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stop by to see a live black-footed ferret and talk with Kimberly Fraser, an Education Specialist from the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center about this amazing animal.

Spring into Yellowstone: Great-horned owl

Raptor Identification Workshop in the Coe Auditorium
May 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m. $30

Dr. Charles R. Preston and Melissa Hill, nationally recognized raptor experts and staff of the Draper Natural History Museum, present a workshop designed to teach participants about distinguishing characteristics, distribution, and behavior of raptors found the the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Draper’s own live raptor ambassadors help!

Spring into Yellowstone: Digital photography

Introduction to Digital Photography for Nature Photographers in the Education Classrooms
May 14, 6 – 9 p.m. $30

Professional photographer Kathy Lichtendahl helps participants sort out all those features on digital camera, how best to capture nature shots, and how to handle the digital image files after the shoot.

Spring into Yellowstone: Film festival

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in the Coe Auditorium
May 14 & 15, 7 – 9 p.m.

Screenings from the best of the festival, these films cover topics such as natural history, human-nature relationships, conservation efforts, international themes, and wildlife highlights within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Spring into Yellowstone: North Fork landforms

North Fork of Shoshone River Corridor
May 15, 6 a.m. – noon $45

Dr. Charles R. Preston and Melissa Hill of the Draper Natural History Museum staff lead this tour of the wildlife and natural history of the North Fork of the Shoshone River between Cody and Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate. Discover the changing surface geology, vegetation, and wildlife communities along the way.

Spring into Yellowstone: A Night at the Museum

A Night at the Museum
May 16, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

An evening in the Draper Natural History Museum, complete with a full dinner and a drink ticket. Meet the Draper’s golden eagle Kateri, view photos taken throughout the festival, and enjoy a brief presentation by Dr. Charles Preston, the Willis McDonald IV Senior Curator of Natural Science for the Draper.

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 and its Draper Natural History Museum, Friends of a Legacy (FOAL), Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Meadowlark Audubon Society, National Park Service/Yellowstone National Park, the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service/Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, and Light in the Valley/Kathy Lichtendahl Photography.

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