Events

Octobird Fest: Owling at the Moon

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Every October we offer a series of programs all about birds: Octobird Fest! Whether you come to one program or all three, you’ll learn a lot about the amazing birds that call Virginia home. The third program in the series is an in-person program about owls.

Come sit by a bonfire, roast marshmallows, listen to owl folklore from all over the world, and learn the facts behind the myths. We will also go on a short walk and get the chance to learn local owl calls!

Cost: $10 ($8 for Friends of the Clifton Institute)

Age: Adults and children, accompanied by an adult.

Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event.

What to bring: FLASHLIGHT, bottle of water, binoculars, camera

COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside port-o-potty will be available). We require that everyone have a mask with them in case we need to go inside during inclement weather, to administer first aid, or for other reasons. Please do not attend if you are experiencing or have experienced in the last two weeks any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.).

Registration is REQUIRED.

Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else. No refunds will be given upon registrant cancellation.

Before attending this event, please read the information included on our liability release form (click here).

We look forward to seeing you at the Clifton Institute!

Octobird Fest: Winter Bird Identification

Every October we offer a series of programs all about birds: Octobird Fest! Whether you come to one program or all three, you’ll learn a lot about the amazing birds that call Virginia home. The first program in the series is a winter bird identification workshop on Zoom.

Every season brings its own challenges for birdwatching. In winter similar-looking sparrows can be hard to tell apart and birding by ear becomes more difficult as birds start singing less and calling more. Join the leaders of our bimonthly bird walks, including Executive Director Bert Harris, to learn some tips for identifying winter birds. Managing Director Eleanor Harris will quiz them with tricky calls and pictures and you can play along as they talk through the identification process! This program is intended for both beginner and advanced birders.

We will send a Zoom link closer to the date.

Cost: $10 ($8 for Friends of the Clifton Institute)

Age: All ages

Registration is REQUIRED.

Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else. No refunds will be given upon registrant cancellation.

Before attending this event, please read the information included on our liability release form (click here).

White-throated Sparrow picture by Cameron Darnell.