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Annual bird festival set for Feb. 7 in Galt

Bird and wildlife fans look for birds during a tour in the Cosumnes River Preserve during the 2013 Galt Bird Festival.
Bird and wildlife fans look for birds during a tour in the Cosumnes River Preserve during the 2013 Galt Bird Festival.

Bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts will have a chance to see the Sacramento Valley’s birds up close during the eighth annual Galt Winter Bird Festival, scheduled for Feb. 7.

Many of the festival’s events are free, including presentations on photography techniques, wildlife habitats and landscape art. More than two dozen vendors will be on hand, offering craft activities for children, food, and educational information about birds and habitats.

Two nonprofit animal-rescue groups will provide an opportunity to view up close a variety of birds and other wildlife, which have been rescued after injuries or mistreatment.

“More than ever, we are reaching out to engage families and youth to help grow a new generation of wildlife enthusiasts,” Leesa Klotz, the festival coordinator, said via email.

The festival also offers 11 tours, including several options to view birds in the field, paddle a canoe through Cosumnes River Preserve, learn about organic farming and practice birding photography techniques with a pro. Tours range in price from $7 to $65 and must be reserved in advance.

The festival will be held at McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive, in Galt. For more information and to reserve tours, go to www.ci.galt.ca.us/index.aspx?page=495 or call (209) 366-7115.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.

IF YOU GO

What: Galt Winter Bird Festival

When: Saturday, Feb. 7

Where: McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive, Galt

Cost: Tours range in price from $7 to $65

Info and RSVP: (209) 366-7115 or sacb.ee/2nbi

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