April 22-May 7, 2017

Join us in a celebration of birds and spring, and help raise money for Napa-Solano Audubon!

Join a team or start your own, get sponsors, and see how many birds you can see in a day or half-day!
Events and Activities

Private tours, Earth Day at American Canyon Wetlands, and more!

Napa-Solano Audubon Society has been growing and expanding our programs. We have added more Junior Audubon activities, more educational programs in local schools, more walks, and more habitat monitoring. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support these programs and help us expand further!

For questions about any of these events, email info@chirpfestival.com.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 1

Bird-a-thon begins!

Wendy Schackwitz

Join a team (or lead one!) and see how many birds you can find in a half-day or a day. Minimum $25 contribution to be on a team, or get sponsors to help raise money!

Saturday, April 22, 9am-1pm

Osprey Nesting Tour
Mare Island Preserve


Mare Island has been adopted by ospreys! Last year, at least 12 different osprey pairs nested on structures around the island.

On this tour, you will learn to find and identify osprey nests, learn about ospreys and other birds on Mare Island, and see many other birds of the area.

Mare Island is a former Naval Shipyard and a National Historic Landmark. It is a unique part of our regional history, and well worth touring on its own! The Mare Island Museum on the grounds is open until 4pm, and we encourage you to check it out after your tour.

The tour and presentation will be led by Napa-Solano Audubon Board Member Robin Leong.

Tickets are $15.

Saturday, April 22, 10am-1pm

Earth Day Celebration
American Canyon Wetlands

Wendy Schackwitz

Join us, as we celebrate all things green. Enjoy live music, free kids' activities, and food, all while learning important information about our environment and how you can help make sure it stays clean for generations to come.

Along with American Canyon Parks and Rec and other organizations, we are having a big party at American Canyon Wetlands with:

  • Kid's activities, including making masks and recycled hummingbird feeders
  • Workshops about gardening with native plants and bird identification for beginners
  • Guided walks
  • Planting native plants and cleaning up the wetlands

Sunday, April 23, 10AM - noon

Heron Rookery Tour
Vine Village, Napa

Matthew Paulson

For decades, the Vine Village Ranch has hosted one of the largest heron and egret rookeries in Napa County. Vine Village has vigorously protected this rookery, which we appreciate greatly since viable territory for rookeries is declining. Napa-Solano Audubon has partnered with them and Audubon Canyon Ranch to monitor and report on the health of the birds for several years.

On this tour on private land, you will hear a presentation on heron and egret life history, conservation status, and the history of this particular rookery. Scopes will be setup so you can get up-close views of the birds on their nests, including Great Blue Heron, Snowy and Great Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-heron, and possibly of chicks!

The tour and presentation will be led by Napa-Solano Audubon President Wendy Schackwitz.

Tickets are $15.

Saturday, April 29, 8am-noon

Tricolored Blackbird Colony Tour
Rush Ranch, Suisun City

Teddy Llovet

Learn about the endangered Tricolored Blackbird and see three of the known nesting colonies in Solano County! Participants will meet at Rush Ranch and see the Tricolored Blackbird colony there, before carpooling to two other colonies in the area, including one on private land. Returning to Rush Ranch around noon, we will have a presentation on Tricolored Blackbird biology and conservation efforts.

The tour and presentation will be led by Napa-Solano Audubon President Wendy Schackwitz.

After our tour, you can check out the Rush Ranch Open House! They will have food available for purchase, along with arts and crafts, live music, and more.

Tickets are $15.

Sunday, April 30, 10am-noon

Butterflies of Napa Valley
Cedar Roughs Trail, Lake Berryessa

Vicki DeLoach

Join butterfly enthusiast Alex Greene on a walk that will introduce you to identifying and watching these beautiful creatures. Butterflies are colorful, diverse and charismatic, and they are increasingly popular with birders looking to expand their observation skills to new areas.

We'll begin with a quick review of butterfly families and tips for identification and then head out to see what we can find. Bring binoculars (preferably close-focus) and water and get to ready to learn! The trail is moderate difficulty, but the scenery and wildlife are worth it.

Cedar Roughs Trail is located west of Lake Berryessa. It is a lesser-known but beautiful area of Napa county! Driving time to the trail from Napa or Fairfield is about 1 hour.

Tickets are $15.

Saturday, May 6, 9am-11am

Bird Sanctuary Tour along Putah Creek

Manfred Kusch, retired from UC Davis, has lived the last 25 years along the south bank of Putah Creek. He has developed part of his property into a private bird preserve that includes a large riparian woodland. Varied habitats attract many species of wintering and breeding birds. In past years, several pairs of Bullock's and Hooded Orioles as well as Black-headed Grosbeaks have nested in or near the garden. Other possible birds include Calliope, Rufous, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, as well as flycatchers and swallows.

The tour is about two hours with a one-mile walk over mildly uneven terrain along the creek.

Tickets are $15.

Sunday, May 7, noon-2pm

Bird-a-thon Results and Celebration Picnic
Kennedy Park, Napa

Come and celebrate our Bird-a-thon and all the people who participated! Hear amazing tales of birding prowess and rare birds, and applaud our fabulous prize winners. Arrive early and do a little birding in Kennedy Park!

Lunch will be served at noon, with the award presentation held during lunch.

Tickets are free for all Birdathon participants and for all donors who contributed at least $25.

NOTE! All attendees must register using the button below. All ticket reservations close May 3!

Come join us!