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Welcome to the 2018 Creston Valley Bird Fest

Where the Birds Are - celebration of the birds, art, and the agriculture of the Creston Valley .  

Creston Valley Bird Fest    May 11,12, & 13, 2018
Keynote Speaker: James Duncan

Jim Duncan, born in Montréal, Québec, obtained a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Manitoba for research on the Great Gray Owl. He worked as a conservation zoologist for the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Conservation Data Centres 1992-1999 after which he took on the role of Manager of the Manitoba Biodiversity, Habitat and Endangered Species Section of the Wildlife Branch.  

Currently, Jim is the Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch of Manitoba Sustainable Development where he is active in local, national and international biodiversity conservation initiatives. The Branch is responsible for the conservation, enhancement and management of provincial wildlife and fish populations including protection of biodiversity, habitat and species at risk as well as the implementation of related legislation and regulations, and science-based programming.  

Jim has researched Great Gray and other owls for over 30 years and has published numerous scientific papers, books and symposium proceedings on owls from around the world. He has also served as adjunct professor at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg where he supervised graduate research students studying owls and other birds of prey. Jim claims that his job is simply a way to support his obsessive habit of studying owls with his wife and fellow zoologist, Patsy. Together they have banded over 3,000 owls in Manitoba.  

Please join us at the 2018 Creston Valley Bird Fest and enjoy Jim’s keynote address on the ecology of the Great Gray Owl and why many refer to it as the Phantom of the Boreal Forest.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Creston Valley Bird Fest 2017 and made it the Best Festival Ever. Over 3 days, 124 bird species were recorded.

Click here to see the species tally.  Thanks to Pat Huet for compiling the data!

Thanks to all of the folks who made the festival a success!  Click here to read more..