Birds and Blooms 2017
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Birds & Blooms 2017

May 19th-21st, 2017

Calling all nature and bird lovers—this conference is for you! Enjoy Camp Allen’s 1,100 forested acres, attend expert-led workshops, hike scenic trails with experienced guides, and much more!

Featured Presentations include Wildlife photography, Audubon Presentations, Live owl and hawk demonstrations, birding identification, sunrise bird watching, & outdoor painting workshops.

Per-person rates include two nights hotel accommodations, six buffet meals, and programming. Conference check-in begins at 5 pm Friday and concludes at 2 pm Sunday.

Retreat Rates: Single Occupancy: $300.00, Double Occupancy: $200.00.

Event Schedule:

Friday May 19th, 2017
10:00am-2:00pm Pre Retreat Trip to Katy Prairie
3:00pm-7:00pm Registration and check in at Camp Allen
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner in Conference Center
7:30pm-9:30pm Introductions & Birds & Blooms Game Night
Saturday May 20th, 2017
Optional early morning hike with Mary Anne Weber and Darrell Vollert
Morning Sessions:
Landscape Photography with Greg Buffone
Purple Martins with Matthew Fendley
Dragonflies with Bob Honig
Introduction to Birding with Richard Gibbons
Afternoon Sessions:
Butterflies with Maggie Honig
International Center for Birds of Prey with Craig Meurer 
Native Plants with Sarah Flournoy
Outdoor Painting I with Doug Cason
Live Bird Photo Shoot
Evening Session:
Dessert Social, The Messenger Movie, Owl Prowl, & Night Photography
Sunday May 21st, 2017
Optional early morning hike with Mary Anne Weber and Darrell Vollert
Morning Sessions:
Lake Explorations with Bob and Maggie Honig
Outdoor Painting II with Doug Cason
John James Audubon with Mary Anne Weber
Closing Lunch and Photo slideshow
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Friday, May 19, 2017 5:00 PM - Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:00 PM