The Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West partners with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and several other local agencies and organizations for Spring into Yellowstone Birding and Wildlife Festival May 14 – 18.
The annual festival is now in its second year and celebrates the surrounding area’s abundant wildlife and landscapes, as well as the opening of the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park, scheduled for May 2. On tap for the event are programs, presentations, field trips, films, and tours. Complete information and the full schedule can be found at the festival’s website.
Staff members from the Center’s Draper Natural History Museum join the roster of presenters offering guided field trips, interactive programs, and seminars for the festival. The full slate includes regionally-based, world-renowned experts in ornithology, wildlife biology, and nature photography in the Greater Yellowstone region.
“The festival is an outstanding opportunity to learn more about the wildlife and natural history of our area,” says Dr. Charles R. Preston, the Draper’s Senior and Founding Curator. “The wildlife and natural amenities of our area draw more than three million people from around the world each year; it is spectacular and sometimes taken for granted by local residents.” Preston and Draper Assistant Curator and Raptor Program Manager Melissa Hill lead several programs during the festival. In addition to these programs, a trade show featuring festival vendors also takes place at the Center of the West on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for all festival tours; they are filling quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible. Find out more about the cost for each, and register by visiting the festival’s website at www.springintoyellowstone.com and clicking on “Registration.”
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.