By CALVIN PYNN
The Radford Visitor’s Center will host the seventh annual Radford Roosting Festival on Saturday, March 29 in Bisset Park from noon to 3 p.m at the first shelter.
According to a news release from Radford Vistor’s Center, Radford families are welcome to the event, and there is no admission charge. This year’s festival will include live birds, educational birding stations, a photo contest and children’s activities.
There are three scheduled presentations for the Radford Roosting Festival. Jason Davis, an ecophysiologist and assistant professor of biology at Radford University and the Selu Conservancy, will start off the day with a presentation titled “Flying Family Dynamics: Bluebirds, Parenting, and Stress” at noon.
Following Davis’ presentation, Sarah Foltz will present at 1 p.m. with “Town & Country: How to Be an Urban Bird.” The presentations will conclude with Jessica Zielske of the Mountain Lake Conservancy at 2 p.m., with a lecture on avifauna and the geology of Mountain Lake.
A bird walk prior to the festival is also scheduled with local bird expert Clyde Kessler of Radbird, an outfitter and touring company that specializes in interacting with local birds. The walk will start at 9 a.m. at the Radford Public Library at 30 West Main St. in Radford.
“We hope this event will increase awareness of the diverse, abundant bird population and birding opportunities in our city,” said Deb Cooney, tourism director for the City of Radford.
According to Cooney, there are over 200 different types of birds that can be seen in Radford throughout the year. The city is also home to four stops on Virginia’s Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Informational tables will educate attendees about local wildlife, including the Radford University student chapter of The Wildlife Society. The Radford Birding Guide also will be available.
More detailed information, as well as a video from last year’s festival are available on www.VisitRadford.com. Bisset Park is located at 23 Berkley Williams Drive in Radford.
For more information contact the Radford Visitor’s Center at 540-267-3153 or info@VisitRadford.com.