Yes, that is a silly title but the event is not silly.
Starting today, the Laredo Birding Festival begins! From their website, this is how their schedule starts off on February 1, 2012:
4-8 p.m. On –site registration at La Posada Hotel in the Phillip V room
5:30 p.m. Join us for the 2012 inaugural field trip into historic St. Peter’s district in search of Green Parakeets! Lead by the local guides of the Monte Mucho Audubon Society. Return in time for the opening reception. Free and open to the public.
6:30-8 p.m. Opening and Welcome Reception
You are invited to this informal meet and greet with the local members of the Monte Mucho Audubon Society and special guests from the Texas Ornithological Society who will be promoting their respective organizations and the various birding field trips that they take throughout the year. Meet our special guests from as far away as New Jersey and get ready for the next day’s excursions! Photo exhibit provided by local birder and wildlife photographer Butch Ramirez. Remember this event is free and open to the public. Enjoy Laredo’s own signature fruity cocktail Ojo Rojo and other refreshments and finger foods on a first come first serve basis.
If you guessed I will be at St. Peter’s Plaza joining them as out-of-towners come to admire the green parakeets that we take for granted, you guessed correctly! The Monte Mucho folks were telling me that they recently spotted a black-hooded green something or other parakeet which is not usual for this area. Hopefully, I will get to see him tonight.
Feel free to also check out their Facebook Page. The photographers involved with this festival are outstanding. There work usually appears in book form later on.