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12-04 Winter Wings

The 2019 Winter Wings Festival takes place Feb. 14-17 with numerous field trips, workshops and keynote speeches celebrating all things avian.

Only roughly half of activities scheduled for the upcoming 2019 Winter Wings Festival remain open following positive online advance registration for the annual celebration of all things avian in the Klamath Basin.

Organizers reported over 275 registrants as of last week since activities first became available on Dec. 15 for the annual festival, scheduled for Feb. 14-17 at Oregon Tech. Scheduled activities include a wide variety of field trips, workshops, social events, interactive children’s activities, and featured speakers. Winter Wings encompasses the joys of bird-watching, nature photography, science and wildlife conservation in a region that boasts a vast and varied bird population at refuges and along the migratory Pacific Flyway corridor.

The featured keynote speakers for this year’s festival include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensic Ornithologist Pepper Trail, author and photography expert George Lepp, and writer and artist Julie Zickefoose.

Family events

One of the most popular events surrounding Winter Wings Festival each year is the annual free family events on Saturday, Feb. 16 — a full day at Oregon Tech for kids to see, touch, play and laugh with various exhibits and booths. While the last few years have featured an interactive animal show, this year will instead be highlighted by Red Yarn, an energetic concert and puppet show experience starting at 10 a.m. at the OIT College Union.

There are several new activities added to the busy slate, including a “Waffles and Waterfowl” breakfast buffet and bird-watching social event, and a “Raptors for Youth” field trip intended for youth ages 10 to 18 to introduce the next generation to the joys of birding.

Additional activities with space still available include a “Sip and Paint” social painting and wine-tasting workshop. There is also a downtown walking tour courtesy of the Klamath County Museum, a Lava Beds National Park cave tour, and the ever-popular photo competition – where prizes are awarded for the best nature photography taken during the festival.

A full calendar of events and space remaining is available at www.winterwingsfest.org. Many events require advance registration, with varying costs. A $7 registration allows attendance for multiple designated presentations.

email kliedtke@heraldandnews.com @kliedtkeHN

Staff reporter for the Herald and News.