April 15. 2023 from 9 - 4
The Osprey Festival will feature this and more in 2023:
Colonial Beach's first annual Osprey Festival took over Town Hill and the surrounding areas from April 12 - 14, 2019.
2019: Live festival
2020: virtual festival
2021: virtual festival
2022: Live festival
This area is a prime region for bird watchers.
Many activities were incorporated into this event. 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) had 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 did a free kids art project on Town Hill during the Osprey Festival on April 13, making Bird Houses and Feeders.
"We're looking for people who have an Osprey nest in their neighborhood and would be willing to share location, photographs, videos, report on what's happening and/or tell stories about them and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for use on the blog portion of the site. We have an osprey expert who can provide interpretation about what's happening. With your help we will also update our map of nest locations. Please send those in with street name and cross streets. We will not share personal identification except first names if you are agreeable."
2019 Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Opening Ceremony, Blessing of the Birds, Announcements
Raffle ticket sales at Downtown Colonial Beach booth for the Osprey mosaic created by Eric Nelson
Friday, April 12, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m • Scavenger Hunt
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.• 2nd Friday Art Walk featuring bird-themed art at the following locations, listed in geographical order:
Colonial Beach Brewing (215C Washington Ave.)
Colonial Beach Artist Guild at Coldwell Banker Elite bldg. (233 N. Irving)
Potomac River Fisheries (222 Taylor Street)
Dockside Realty (104 Taylor Street)
Artist Alliance at Jarrett Thor Gallery (100 Taylor Street)
Chamber of Commerce (106 Hawthorne)
Visions by Shirl (116 Hawthorne)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m • Scavenger Hunt, Craft activities on Town Hill (making and painting bird houses and bird feeders). Story hour at 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. • Citizen Science Program at the Library (20 Washington Ave.)
Boat Tours (weather permitting) to view Osprey nests from the water. $20. Boat leaves from pier next to the municipal pier.
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. • Grand Ole O’spry Concert with Big Gavel Band at Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Sunday, April 14, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.• Bird scavenger hunt at Westmoreland State Park Hunt cards can be obtained at the Visitor Center
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m • Bluebird house trail walk at Stratford Hall Walking, bird watching, and house tour at George Washington’s Birthplace
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m • Scavenger Hunt
11:00 a.m.• Eagle tour at Caledon State Park (King George)
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m • Visitor Center/Museum and Interpretive Walking Trail at President James Monroe Birthplace
3:00 p.m. • Owl-some afternoon at Caledon State Park
5:00 p.m • Drawing for winner of Osprey mosaic by Eric Nelson, Prize winners names drawn for winners of the Scavenger Hunt. JarrettThor Gallery, 100 Taylor St.
2nd Annual Scheduled for May 2, 2020 had to be cancelled. It will take place in a virtual form.
3rd Annual Osprey Festival (2021) was virtual, again.
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.
This juried show ran from April 12 – May 5, 2019. The opening reception and Best of Show Award on 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, email@example.com. Artwork drop off Monday, April 7, from 5 - 7 and Monday, April 8, from 11 - 12. $10 fee.
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.
Friday April 12th. 2019 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
"Find the Bird" at the following locations:
PRIZES INCLUDE (1st & 2nd Do not need to be present to win. Must pick-up Easter Basket.)