The winds were calm, the birds were singing and it turned out to be a beautiful weekend for birding at the 24th Annual Songbird Festival!
Nature lovers from across Alberta as well as lots of local families came out for a morning of pancakes, birding walks, tours of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory, and lots of activities for all ages. Of course, the highlight for everyone is always seeing the tiny songbirds on the banding lab tours.
Some special guests also dropped by, including Nature Alberta with fun crafts for the kids and the Alberta Community Bat Program with lots of incredible bat artifacts.
As always, there were some fantastic nature workshops to finish up the day. Tyler Flockhart, LSLBO Director of Field Research, shared his research work on the complex dynamics of cats and birds in urban environments. Then Edith Mackenzie led a fun-filled Songbird Hero game show where teams were challenged to identify birds by only using their calls and songs.
The day wrapped up with special guest Cory Olson from the Alberta Community Bat Program, who shared some of the mysteries of bats with us including meeting our Alberta bats, learning where they roost and migrate, and the fact that they even sing!
The weekend wrapped up as always with the 15th Annual Bird Run/Walk that took place on Sunday morning. This fun run/walk departed from the Boreal Centre and took in parts of the Trans-Canada Trail, as well as the Songbird Loop where everyone had the chance to enjoy the many birds singing in the forest on a lovely sunny morning. This scenic trail run/walk is always a very family-friendly event and there were participants from two to 74 this year!
The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory would like to thank all the sponsors, guest speakers, members, staff and volunteers who helped make this event possible.