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Taylor Creek Visitor Center hosts Lake Tahoe Bird Festival


usfs-logo-282x300-7846429-2100175South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) will host the fourth annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2013.  Residents and visitors are invited to attend this free family event from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.

The event includes guided bird walks along the Rainbow Trail every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a bird art contest for all ages, information on migratory birds and spotting scope use, and a presentation by Master Falconer Marie Gaspari Crawford that includes live birds of prey.

Art submissions (photography, sculptures, drawing, paintings, etc.) for the bird art contest may be submitted to Rena Escobedo at [email protected] or dropped off before June 4, 2013, at the LTBMU office at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

In preparation for a Spanish-speaking bird walk at the Bird Festival, the LTBMU will offer Spanish-speaking parents and their children an opportunity to attend an owl survey in May.  During this shared nature experience, participants will learn about the history of the Forest Service and the owl survey area.  Participants will also learn about possible career choices by attending a night in the life of a wildlife biologist.

Additional participants of the Bird Festival include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Parks.

For a schedule of activities, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/BirdFestival and for more information about TINS, visit http://tinsweb.org/.

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