Friday Night Brews & Bites
with Keynote Paul Bannick

April 28, 2017 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center | Point Reyes Station, CA
Tickets $40 | 150 Participants

Sponsors: Cowgirl Creamery, Hog Island Oyster Company, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Come unwind from your birding adventures on Friday evening at our Brews & Bites event with keynote speaker, author and award-winning photographer Paul Bannick.  Enjoy beer, wine, and small bites reception with our sponsors Cowgirl Creamery, Hog Island Oyster Company, Irons Springs Pub & Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company.  Following the reception, we will enjoy a lively keynote presentation by Paul based on his new book, Owls: A Year in the Life of the North American Owl.  Limited space. 

This book integrates more than 200 new intimate and dramatic images, up-to-date science about owls and first-hand experience based upon tens of thousands of hours spent with owls on their territories in the wild. The book covers how owls move through each stage of their life including courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; feeding of young and fledging in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. The book shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to overcome the challenges of each season. All 19 species found in Canada and the United States are featured in the photos and narrative throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl and Snowy Owl. Signed copies of the book will be for sale.

Speaker Bio: Paul Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.  Paul was involved in our festival in 2016 as the featured keynote speaker. He also lead a private birding event, and a bird walk for youth focused on Woodpeckers. He is the author and photographer of two books, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, and The Owl and The Woodpecker, Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds. His work has won awards from several prestigious photography contests, including those hosted by Audubon Magazine and the International Conservation Photography Awards. You can find his photography prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in several volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the world. His work has been featured in a variety of publications from The New York Times, Audubon, Sunset, Nature’s Best Photography Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Ranger Rick, Pacific Northwest (two cover stories), Seattle Times, Alaska Air Magazine, and in many other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other outlets in North America and Europe. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, Evening Magazine, King 5 and on dozens of NPR stations and programs, including Travels with Rick Steves and BirdNote. 


Don't miss Paul's Saturday class too: 

The Birds and Stories Behind Owl: A Year in the Life of the North American Owl

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Afternoon  
Guide: Paul Bannick
Difficulty/Length: Easy
Experience Levels/Ages: All levels, Ages 10+ 
Ticket Price: $20 | Limited to 30 participants

Join our Friday night keynote speaker Paul Bannick a behind the scenes storytelling of the birds and experiences that helped to shape his 2016 book, Owl: A Year in the life of North American Owls. His talk will focus on his first-hand experience spent with owls on their territories in the wild. This is a must attend event for an aspiring field photographer and fans of Paul's. This book integrates more than 200 new intimate and dramatic images, up-to-date science about owls and first-hand experience based upon tens of thousands of hours spent with owls on their territories in the wild. The book covers how owls move through each stage of their life including courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; feeding of young and fledging in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. The book shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to overcome the challenges of each season. All 19 species found in Canada and the United States are featured in the photos and narrative throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl and Snowy Owl. Signed copies of the book will be for sale.

Event location: Point Reyes Station, CA

Target bird or species information: Behind the scenes of Owls story-telling

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Saturday Night Happy Hour & Dinner
with Keynote Julie Zickefoose

April 29, 2017 | Happy Hour 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center | Point Reyes Station, CA

Tickets $70 | Happy Hour Only $20 | 150 participants
Sponsors: Delicious Dish, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery and Lagunitas Brewing Company

Join us for our Saturday night for our happy hour and fundraising dinner with festival guides and participants. Enjoy wine, craft beers, small bites and dinner all included in one price, or purchase just a Happy Hour ticket.

Following happy hour we will enjoy a beautiful banquet style dinner catered by Delicious Dish, and a keynote presentation by Julie Zickefoose. Julie will share her new book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest, covering over 500 life studies. Life sized baby birds wriggle, crawl and flutter off the pages of this big, beautiful book, the product of 13 years' deep involvement and close observation of nestling birds. Julie's paintings break new ground in both art and ornithology, for such depiction of nestling growth in day-by-day paintings from life has never before been done. In the keynote presentation, she will take us on a journey exploring her 13 years of work documenting the daily changes in 17 bird species from hatching to fledgling. Expect a lively presentation, laced with humor, wonder and the relentless curiosity for which Julie is known.

Signed copies of the book will be for sale. Limited space

Speaker Bio: Julie Zickefoose is an avid birder, artist, author and our 2017 Saturday night keynote speaker. She loves to introduce people to birdwatching, and has spoken at a number of festivals around the country.  She started off as an illustrator of natural history subjects as a college freshman in 1976. A six-year stint as a field biologist with The Nature Conservancy's Connecticut Chapter proved a strong motivator both to learn more about ecosystems and to go back to drawing. Along the way, she began to write her own essays, studded with observations of birds and animals, and writing slowly crept into the forefront of her interests. Bird Watcher's Digest has been the major print venue for her writing since 1986, and she's painted 27 covers for the magazine. She was a contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered from 2005-2010, telling stories of bird-eating bullfrogs and orphaned hummingbirds. She is also an author of Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds, and her newest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest. She lives with her family on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio and leads birding trips abroad. 


Julie will also host to additional programs: 

Birds & Habitats of Point Reyes

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm | Full Day
Guides: Julie Zickefoose and Jules Evens
Difficulty/Length: Easy, 2+ miles
Experience Levels/Ages: All, Ages 18+
Ticket Price: $150 | Limited to 15 participants

Point Reyes National Seashore and the surrounding area easily claims the prize for the greatest avian diversity in any U.S. national park with 490 species, or 54% of all North American bird species recorded within the park. The species total here, in fact, is larger than the species total in each of forty of the United States. Some of the factors responsible for attracting this amazing diversity are Point Reyes' proximity to the Pacific Flyway along the Pacific Ocean, its diverse habitats, and the shape of the peninsula which acts as a geographic magnet. Join our keynote speaker Julie Zickefoose, and naturalist Jules Evens for a walk to explore birds and habitats of the area. We will visit wetlands, forests, grasslands and coastal habitats to identify and count as many birds as possible.  

Event Location: Grasslands, woodlands, and coastal habitats of Point Reyes National Seashore

Target species: Birds of grasslands, woodlands, and coastal areas.


Youth Nature Journaling
with Keynote Speaker Julie Zickefoose

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11:15 am – 12:45 pm | Youth & Family Programming - Ages 12-18
Guides: Julie Zickefoose
Ticket Price: $40   | Limited to 15 participants

Following our live bird presentation, join birder and artist Julie Zickefoose for a special class on nature journalling for youth ages 12-18. This is a family event where your kids will learn about nature and nature journaling. Learning how to listen and observe in nature enhances ones overall experience in nature. Bring a notebook or drawing pad and pencils along for the walk. We will explore nearby areas with flowers, plants, and birds to draw and write about.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please limit to one parent attending per family group so that we can accommodate as many kids on the walk as possible.

Event location: Point Reyes National Seashore