The Festival began its work early this year, sponsoring Purple Martin houses for Gauthier Elementary, St. Bernard Middle, and Nunez Community College. Students will experience these insect-eating birds who migrate here from the Amazon Valley of South America.
Krista Adams, an expert on Purple Martins, will be a special presenter on both Friday and Saturday at the Bird Festival. She will speak on the life cycle and migration of these interesting birds and address how each Festival visitor can erect a purple martin house and have their own small colony of insect eaters in their own yard.
This year’s Festival will include experts from Audubon Louisiana, led by Erik Johnson, PhD. There will be the catching and banding of neo-tropical migrants, passing through our Parish in route to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.
The location of this year’s Bird Festival will be on the grounds of the Historic St. Bernard Courthouse, located at 1201 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, Louisiana. The Festival times are Friday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th from 9:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public.