Bird-watching expert to speak at Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

May 3 2011 - 10:23pm

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Bird Watcher’s Digest editor Bill Thompson III will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Farmington on May 14.
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Bird Watcher’s Digest editor Bill Thompson III will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Farmington on May 14.

FARMINGTON -- Backyard bird-watching expert and author Bill Thompson III will serve as keynote speaker for the 13th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival.

Thompson, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, will speak at a 6 p.m. Dutch-oven dinner event May 14 at the Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, in Farmington.

Tickets are available for the dinner, as well as other May 12-16 festival programming and field trips, by calling 801-451-3278 or visiting www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com.

Thompson has written several popular booklets for backyard bird watchers, including "The Backyard Bird Watcher's Answer Guide" and "An Identification Guide to Backyard Birds," said Neka Roundy, Davis County bird festival event coordinator.

Thompson edits the Backyard Booklet series for Bird Watcher's Digest. The series, including 15 titles, has sold more than 5 million copies since its inception, Roundy said.

Thompson, in addition to serving as keynote speaker for the festival, will help lead a "behind-the-gate" ticketed bus tour of the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area from 9 a.m. to noon May 14. The cost is $25 per person, officials said.

Joy Bossi, host of "Joy in the Garden" on 570 KNRS, is also scheduled that day to provide a free workshop on "Winged Pest Control Brigade" from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Legacy Events Center.

The festival also features information on reptiles, butterflies and bats in conjunction with Friday the 13th, Roundy said.

Friday the 13th will be celebrated with a free workshop on bats, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the center grounds. The workshop will be followed by a field trip to look at bat houses.

The festival also features several "behind-the-gates" tours to birding areas in Northern Utah, including the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

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