Songbird Festival a success, say organizers

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

“The 27th Annual Songbird Festival was a great success,” says Patti Campsall, executive director of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO) and Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation (BCBC). “Lots of birds and people showed up for this special celebration of spring migration.”

About 250 people attended the event, which was May 25 and 25 at BCBC and LSLBO, both in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park.

“As always,” says Campsall, “the highlight of the festival are the tours of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory where everyone had the chance to see a bird being banded with the researchers.”

The fun was from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It included the Neal Knoot pancake breakfast and barbecue, birding walks, LSLBO tours, nature workshops, birdhouse and birdfeeder building, and hands-on activities for all ages.

On May 26, the 18th Annual LSLBO Bird Run/Walk was a fundraiser on the Freighter Lakeshore Trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

A red-winged black bird
A phoebe on a branch near the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. The Songbird Festival included two guided birding walks from BCBC to the LSLBO banding station.
Aeron Marehura makes a birdhouse at the 27th Annual Songbird Festival.
Ylah Escobillo shows off the paper fish she caught in the kids fishing game. Each fish represents a type which lives in Lesser Slave Lake. The kids can compare the fish to a diagram to learn which type they have caught.
Left to right, Slave Lakers Claire Soucy and Madeleine Soucy pick fake birds out of the mist net at the LSLBO tour. LSLBO monitors birds visually and by catching small ones in these nets, banding them, and taking measurements.

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