More than 800 people attended Bird Day Fair this year in Andrew Haydon Park in Ottawa-Gatineau’s Lac Deschênes Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. For the second year in a row Nature Canada celebrated Bird Day in Ottawa with local groups, businesses, families and friends with crafts, nature walks, live bird demonstrations and more.
New additions to this year’s fair included a ‘Bird Day passport’ which attendees could have stamped at each participating organization’s tent; a milkweed stand for those interested in learning more about using this plant to attract monarch butterflies; a roaming turtle; and presentations by bird and wildlife experts amongst other activities.
The live bird of prey demonstrations by Falcon Ed drew unprecedented crowds for Bird Day. Despite the presence of a few intimidating crows and gulls, the falcons and owls got close to the crowds and showed off their powerful talons and impressive wing spans.
Those who participated in the bird walks added their bird sightings to eBird in an effort to outmatch sightings recorded by birders at a sister Bird Day festival in Oshawa, Ontario. Not to be out-done by its national capital rival, the Oshawa Festival of Friends recorded an impressive 68 species versus Bird Day Ottawa’s 22. Congratulations Oshawa birders!
This short video captures some of the highlights from the event.
Nature Canada would like to thank the people and organizations who were present at Bird Fair Ottawa and extend a special thank-you to Bird Day Fair sponsors.