Create a Bird-Friendly Yard / Tod Winston / 3-4pm
Keynote / Tod Winston / 7:30pm
Plant It and They Will Come: Creating a Bird-Friendly Yard
“Plant it and they will come” is the new mantra for those wishing to attract birdlife to their yards and gardens—the “it” being native plants, which have co-evolved for millions of years with our native birds.
Join Audubon’s former Plants for Birds program manager Tod Winston for a fun and bird-song-filled exploration of the deep connections between native plants and birds: Learn why native plants are so important, and how you can create a bird-friendly, bird-filled habitat in your own yard.
Along the way, we'll also explore online native plant resources such as Audubon's Plants for Birds program and native plants database. By making the right planting choices, you can be part of growing movement to reclaim the American landscape for birds and other wildlife imperiled by habitat loss and climate change.
Moments of Magic and Humiliation from the Life of an Unabashed Bird-Lover
Why do we love birds? And how can our love for them help us protect them?
Tod Winston has spent a lifetime in search of those elusive and transcendent moments of "bird magic"—when the stars and planets align, and THE bird you were looking for appears at just the right moment… or maybe the bird you LEAST expected suddenly appears.
From a Calliope Hummingbird leaf-bathing in the rain just inches away, to a nesting colony of indignant cormorants raining regurgitated fish and guano upon his head, Tod will share some of his favorite intimate moments with birds and nature, accompanied by a background of birdsong and images.
We'll explore what draws us to the fierce, feathered, alien creatures around us, and how fostering human connection to them may be the only way to save them.