Bird festival set for May 10 in Mexico

Bring your family and friends for a fun day about birds and nature as the Onondaga Audubon Society hosts its annual Bird Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

The event is at the scenic lakeside Derby Hill Bird Observatory just off State Route 104B in the town of Mexico.

Admission and parking are free.

Live hawks, bird walks, nature activities and kids’ face painting are scheduled throughout the day. Visitors can help monitor a bluebird trail, talk with experts about bird behavior and migration, see live hawks and owls, and hear a presentation about the fascinating world of raptors.

The festival’s star performers will be the eagles, hawks, vultures and other species of birds that soar over Derby Hill on their annual migration northward.

A silent auction will offer bird and non-bird items. Vendors will be on hand with wildlife photography, native plants, artwork and handcrafted jewelry. The ever popular Chompers Smokin’ Barbeque will also be on site.

For a complete schedule of activities and directions to Derby Hill Bird Observatory, visit www.onondagaaudubon.com/public-programs/bird-festival/. For lodging and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.

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