Wings of Winter Birding Festival – Renowned Experts and Field Trips Galore

American White Pelicans enjoy some well-deserved winter downtime at the Tennessee National Wlidlife Refuge. – Photo by Richard Graves

“The more people who become interested in birds, the more they have an interest in habitat or a particular species. You won’t save what you don’t love, but you’ll pour your heart and soul into saving what you do love.” Cynthia Routledge

A dream weekend for birders is coming to Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley on the Tennessee River. The Wings of Winter Birding Festival combines rare “behind the gates” trips to winter waterfowl sanctuaries, tours featuring two rock star birders, a variety of workshops and plenty of camaraderie. The three-day festival is January 19-21, 2018.

Julie Zickefoose is a renowned birder who combines her love of writing and illustrating with her passion for nature. The former field biologist has been a regular contributor to Birder’s Digest since 1996. As an NPR contributor, she regaled listeners with the wonders of nature, adding her own, irresistible humorous twists. Her blog is pure edutainment with more than 30,000 monthly readers.

Zickefoose is the author of Letters from Eden and The Bluebird Effect, one of Oprah’s Books of the Week in 2012. Her newest work, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest offers hundreds of watercolors to help readers follow the process from hatching to fledging and beyond. Zickefoose will guide a Friday field trip to Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge and will serve as the keynote speaker at the WOW Saturday evening banquet.

Brian “Fox” Ellis, in the persona of John James Audubon is the perfect complement to Zickefoose. His portrayal of the famed American ornithologist, naturalist and painter will bring an historic quality to his Friday evening presentation. An internationally known storyteller and author of nine books, Ellis has a passion for the environment, literacy and history. He has portrayed Audubon at birding events worldwide and will be in character throughout the festival leading birding/naturalist walks and writing workshops.

Ellis and Zickefoose, along with a host of other experts bring an exciting level of birding expertise and conservation education to the event, according to…

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