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Welcome to the 2019 Creston Valley Bird Fest

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Where the Birds Are - celebration of the birds, art, and the agriculture of the Creston Valley .  

2019 Festival Photographer is Lyle Grisedale from Kimberley

Lyle Grisedale is an ACMG Guide who spends his summers leading hikers in the Bugaboos. He is an enthusiastic birder, photographer, and naturalist who spends as much time as possible exploring the mountains and grasslands of the East Kootenays area of British Columbia.

“Coordinated Take-off” by Lyle Grisedale
The Swans Story
I was photographing a group of Swans at the Wasa Slough, they were early arrivals and the ice had not yet melted.  I was watching this group of three when I noticed that they were getting ready to fly, they lined up and took off together and I was lucky to be in the right position as they ran past me to get airborne.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. David Bird
“Watching Birds Naked”    
Saturday, May 11, 2019 7-9:00 pm
Prince Charles Secondary School (PCSS) Auditorium 

Are birds really "bird-brains"?  Do they taste "good"?  Can eagles really see farther than humans?  Why are most owls as blind as we are on a dark night?  How does a kestrel use ultraviolet light to catch mice?  Which birds smell the best? These are just some of the questions that Dr. David Bird will answer in his humourous but educational slide show on the sensory ecology of birds.  Remove those beautiful coats of feathers and you'll discover that birds have some of the most incredible physical and physiological adaptations to keep them in tune with their environment and with each other. Once you've heard Dr. Bird's talk, you'll never look at birds in the same way again.

Dr. Bird will also talk for about 10 min on the status of the Canada Jay, our National Bird.

About David M. Bird:   As an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Dr. Bird has published close to 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and supervised 50 graduate students on a wide range of wildlife themes, most recently the application of UAVs (drones) to wildlife research and conservation.

Until his retirement to Vancouver Island in 2013, he taught several university-level courses, including ornithology, wildlife conservation, animal behaviour, and scientific/public communication.  He has written and/or edited ten books, the most recent ones being Pocket Birds of Canada in 2016 and the second edition of Birds of Canada in 2017. 

Dr. Bird is a past-president of both the Raptor Research Foundation Inc. and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, as well as an elected Fellow of both the American Ornithologists Society, the International Ornithological Union and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He currently sits on the boards of Bird Studies Canada and Unmanned Systems Canada, an organization dedicated to the use of unmanned vehicles. 

Besides his innumerable public lectures and radio, television and newspaper appearances, Dr. Bird was a regular columnist on birds for The Montreal Gazette for almost three decades. He continues to write a bird column for both BirdWatcher's Digest and Canadian Wildlife magazines and does a biweekly video blog for Brome Bird News.  In 2017, the Society of Canadian Ornithologists gave him the Doris Spiers Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to Canadian ornithology.