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Osprey Festival

Osprey Festival Poster 2019

Colonial Beach's first annual Osprey Festival will be taking over Town Hill and the surrounding areas from April 12 - 14, 2019.

This area is a prime region for bird watchers.

Many activities will be incorporated into this event. There will be guide-led bird walks, bird talks, bus and golf cart tours with osprey experts to find nests and count baby birds.  

B.A.M.M. (Beach Arts Music and Mentoring) will have a table set up where children will be able to paint bird houses and craft a bird feeder out of pine cones.

Artisan's Alliance (AA) member Karen Julihn is doing a free kids art project on Town Hill during the Osprey Festival on April 13. They will be making Bird Houses and Feeders. 

Osprey Festival Schedule

Friday, April 12

• “Cock” tail hours at local inns, pubs, restaurants and clubs

2nd Friday Art Walk featuring bird-themed art

Saturday, April 13

• Bird and environmental exhibitors on Town Hill

• Bird Walks leaving from Town Hill (T)

• Bird Talks (T)

• Creating a bird habitat in your backyard and native plants sale

• Environmental issues affecting bird life (T)

• Golf Cart and Bus Tours of Osprey Nests leaving from Town Hill (T)

• Scavenger hunt through retail stores, galleries, museum for bird-related items

• Children’s activities on Town Hill

• “Cock” tail hours and music at local venues

• Grand Ole O’spry Concert at Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Sunday, April 14

• Eagle and Owl tours at Caledon State Park

• Bird scavenger hunt at Westmoreland State Park

• Bluebird house trail walk at Stratford Hall (F)

• Walking, bird watching, and house tour at George Washington’s Birthplace

• Walking and bird watching at James Monroe’s birthplace. Visitor Center open.

(T) denotes ticketed event
(F) Additional fee required

Osprey Festival flyer

The birds are fish-eating diurnal birds of prey who nest in any location near a body of water that has an adequate supply of food. This single living species occurs nearly worldwide, which is unusual. The only continent they don't live on is Antarctica.

These raptors are large, measuring about 24" in length with a wingspan of about 70" The scientific name for them is Pandion haliaetus and an entire guidebook exists for landowners with information about relocation or removal of their nests, what is permitted and what is not, and a diagram for how to construct a nest platform.

Osprey Festival Art Show

This juried show runs from April 12 – May 5, 2019. The opening reception and Best of Show Award is Friday, April 12.
Enter your Ospreys, Waterfowl, and other birdlife. Both 2-D and 3-D entries are due March 15 by email to Rob Rudick,  Artwork drop off Monday, April 7, from 5 - 7 and Monday, April 8, from 11 - 12. $10 fee.

Osprey MuralAn Osprey in the mural on the Coldwell Banker Elite building

The National Audubon Society will be participating and conducting some more educational activities.

Downtown Colonial Beach is hosting this fundraising event along with support from local non-governmental organizations. 

Discounted prices are $10 for an Osprey ticket (single adult) and $15 for a Full Nest ticket (a couple or parents and chicks) through March 31st. Full priced tickets are for sale on-line.

More details to follow! For now, mark your calendars and save the date!

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