Birding Festival moves online this weekend

Annual event will take place virtually on Saturday.

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FARGO — The annual Fargo-Moorhead Birding Festival is moving online for a virtual event this weekend.

Audubon Dakota said the festival, an annual event with the Fargo Park District, will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16, on the Audubon Dakota Facebook page, www.facebook.comAudubonDakota. There, virtual attendees can learn from Advisory Board Member Grant Mehring as he journeys through the trials of Forest River Nature Park.

The Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau will be at the park capturing footage of Grant's experiences, and Grant and Audubon Dakota Range Ecologist Lucy Britton can answer questions during the event. Attendees will also be encouraged to share their own backyard birding experiences on the live Twitter feed through the group's website,

“Now, more than ever before, we are seeing people from all demographics flocking to reconnect with nature and taking up the pastime of birding. Drawing inspiration from their resilience on the brink of extinction, birds represent a new hope in this unsettling time. Using this new virtual platform, we look forward to connecting with birders locally and from across the country as we kick off the summer birding season with the annual F-M Birding Festival!" Marshall Johnson, executive director of Audubon Dakota, said in a news release.

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