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Harney County Chamber of Commerce

484 N Broadway

Burns, OR 97720

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Tel: 541.573.2636

info@harneycounty.com

www.migratorybirdfestival.com

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ACTIVITIES & WORKSHOPS

TUKWAHONE CULTURE & HERITAGE CENTER

Thursday, April 16, 4 to 8 PM

The future home of Tukwahone’ Culture and Heritage, located across the street from the Chamber of Commerce, will be open to the public. Tukwahone’ Culture and Heritage center will have some Tribal artists selling their wares, such as beaded items, willow basketry and others. Additionally, the Powwow Club will be selling the famous ‘Indian Tacos’ during this time to meet your hunger needs before your weekend adventures.

BIRD JAZZ AT THE FRONTIER ART CENTER

Thursday, April 16, 5 TO 7:30 PM

Bird Jazz at the Frontier Art Center! We will have different birds made with “Papier Mache clay” ready for you to jazz up with paint, feathers, sequins, glitter, lace, ribbons, and what-not. Join local artists Kate Marsh and Marsallai Quick for this fun and unique activity at Harney County's new Frontier Art Center on Broadway Avenue. 

$5 to $30 per bird - your choice! Pay at the door.  All ages welcome!

FIRST THURSDAY SOCIAL & EVENT CHECK-IN

Thursday, April 16, 5 PM, FREE

Come down to Harney County's main street on Broadway for an evening of socializing, scavenger hunting, wine tasting, frequenting local businesses, getting acquainted with fellow birders, and enjoying the true community flavor of Burns and Hines.

The Harney County Chamber of Commerce will be open until 7 p.m. for Festival Check-In - let us know you've arrived, pick up your registration confirmation and itinerary and ask any questions to get you on track for the weekend. Festival Check-in resumes Friday, April 12, at 5:30 a.m., at Bird Central, at the Burns High School gymnasium.

HANDBLOWN GLASS EGG SCAVENGER HUNT

Thursday, April 16, 5 PM, FREE

You read that right...this year's downtown scavenger hunt sends participants on the hunt for handblown glass eggs from our very own local glassblower Ryan Lisle. Twelve glass eggs will be hidden in twelve different businesses along Broadway Avenue (which just happens to be the location of the Thursday  night social event!). As you are frequenting these businesses, enjoying their special wine samples for this occasion, see if you can find the eggs.

If you are the first person to find an egg, you get to keep that egg after the evening is over (we want to leave the eggs in place for the entire evening for others to seek out). Each person to spot an egg should let the business owner know and he/she will record your name for a prize drawing. The prize? A 2020 Festival t-shirt AND and a 2021 Festival Membership...which means you get to register for events in 2021 an entire week before the general public! Thank you for supporting our local merchants! One egg per winner. 

Thanks to the Portland Audubon Society for sponsoring this event!

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eBIRD WORKSHOP & TOUR

Friday, April 17, 8 AM to 12 PM

New to birding or visiting a new place and want to maximize bird watching opportunities? Join this opportunity for a short workshop AND tour to learn how to use eBird – a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way birders report and access information about birds and sightings! eBird is a great way for beginning birders to narrow down the potential birds in a particular area and discover local hot spots (no matter where you are!) to maximize your birding time. This workshop is part classroom, part field tour. You can download the eBird app for your iPhone or Android phone before the workshop. Your approach to birding will never be the same!

WILDLIFE ART SHOW & SALE

Friday, April 17, 12 to 7 PM | Saturday, April 18, 9 AM to 5 PM | Sunday, April 19, 9 AM to 2 PM

Located in the Burns High School Gymnasium, local and regional artists offer high-quality work. This is a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase original pieces of art, including wildlife paintings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry and much more!

YOUTH ART SILENT AUCTION

Friday, April 17; bidding starts at 12 PM | Saturday, April 18, bidding closes at 7 PM

Canvas prints featuring artwork from Harney County youth will be available for your silent bidding! These pieces of art were selected among hundreds of entrants as "Best of the Nest" for the 2020 festival Youth Art Program and will be on display near Bird Central at the Festival Art Show & Sale. Prints are available for bidding Friday and Saturday, with the auction concluding at the banquet and keynote presentation. Proceeds go back to the Youth Art Program for use in future years. Thank you for supporting our young artists!

eTOUR OF HARNEY COUNTY HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

Friday, April 17, 1 to 4 PM

Join (retired) Bureau of Land Management Archaeologist Scott Thomas for digital presentations about 1) the evidence of Clovis Culture in southeastern Oregon, 2) edible spring plants in the Harney Basin, 3) a World War II B24 crash in the Pueblo Mountains, and 4) the Gap Ranch Civilian Conservation Corps Camp. These interesting and detailed discussions will give listeners a visual opportunity to experience the history, archaeology and cultural botany of the Harney Basin. The relaxed 'classroom' atmosphere at Burns High School allows for plenty of personal discussion and casual stretch breaks. Come and go as you please.

Check in at Bird Central in the Burns High School gymnasium for classroom number.  FREE!

BEEF TASTING WITH THE HARNEY COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN

Friday, April 17, 5:30 PM

Is your mouth watering yet? The Harney County Cattlewomen will be in the foyer at Burns High School to welcome you back from tours, greet you on your way into the Art Show & Sale, and direct you to the cafetorium for the Friday evening events... but don't worry - they won't be empty handed! Enjoy FREE samples of Harney County beef prepared by the cattlewomen themselves. You don't want to miss this tasty opportunity!

KIDS' NATURE FUN FAIR

Saturday, April 18, 11 AM to 2 PM

The Kids’ Nature Fun Fair is the place to inspire families to welcome wildlife into their backyards. The Fun Fair features several learning and craft activity stations for youth of all ages like decoy painting, making bird feeders or nesting bundles, bird identification, historic or cultural tool making, etc. Activities change each year and everything is FREE! Located in the Burns High School Cafetorium. 

BIRDHOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP

Saturday, April 18, 12 PM until supplies run out

Join event sponsors from the Burns Lion's Club for this FREE activity in the Burns High School Woodshop. Pre-cut birdhouse kits (boards with pre-drilled nail holes), nails and hammers are provided, along with some volunteers for instruction and guidance. Parents, families and friends are encouraged to join youth builders and help with construction - little hammering arms get tired! Materials are provided on first-come, first-served basis and will be available as long as materials last. This workshop is a great way to connect kids with nature and do a hands-on activity together. Bird houses can be taken home immediately after construction. 

BANQUET DINNER & KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Saturday, April 18, 5 to 8 PM

5:30 p.m. Social, Raffle, Silent Auction 

6:00 p.m. Dinner 

7:00 p.m. Presentation

$30 for dinner + keynote presentation

$15 for keynote presentation only

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