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The U.K.'s Virtual Birdfair Starts Today

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The Birdfair is the United Kingdom's largest birding event,  typically attracting thousands of visitors.

Billed as the "the world's largest fundraising fair," the event has raised roughly $5 million for a wide range of conservation projects worlwide.

Because of the pandemic, the event has gone virtual, and it runs today through Aug. 23.Birdfair Bond Talk

What's more, the organizers have made it free for birders all around the world to see all the events.

You can enter the virtual fair here.

I am tickled to present a short talk about the real James Bond and Caribbean conservation on Friday.

I will post a link to the talk then.

Like all the other 2020 Birdfair presentations,  my illustrated will be available for viewing until mid-November.

So check it out -- free of charge!

Here's the description from the Birdfair folks:

The line up is looking very exciting! We have live and pre-recorded events planned and a multitude of other exciting features for our Virtual Birdfair website. In fact, we have so many things planned we are starting the Birdfair lectures and events from Tuesday 18th August! The website will be updated daily, as well as the Birdfair Facebook and Twitter pages. 
Here is just a sample of what you can expect:
Live on Friday night - The State of Nature Question Time

Pre-recorded events including “Why the 2020’s need to be the decade of nature’s recovery” with Craig Bennett and "The Self-isolating Bird Club" – A Birdfair Special with Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin, as well as a wide range of important wildlife, eco-tourism and conservation topics. 
Live webinars and debates daily including "The future of beavers in Britain" and "The state of the earth – The next generation" chaired by Dominic Dyer with Mya-Rose Craig, James Miller, Dara McAnulty and Sophie Pavelle.
“How to” workshops will run throughout the week from Nikon with Tom Mason, Rikki Chera, Chris Gomersall, Richard Peter and Andy Parkinson, Canon with Christian Ziegler and Mark Carwardine and Olympus.
A library of recorded lectures will be available to watch, released daily from 18th August, and will remain available for 3 months after.
Ever wanted to go on safari but have never had the chance? Virtual Birdfair will take you on a live safari across Africa! – stay tuned for more details.
Our exhibitor area will host organisations and charities normally present at the Birdfair, plus many more. There will be videos and photographs, with many offering special deals and discounts for the Virtual Birdfair weekend.
The Authors Forum will introduce the latest releases from the world of conservation's biggest names.

A Virtual Art Gallery will give you the opportunity to see the work of your favourite artists.
As well as a whole host of other interesting items, including activities for younger visitors in our Wild Zone, and Our Wild Life photography competition, sponsored by Canon, which offers the opportunity for young budding photographers in three age categories the chance to win a fantastic camera.
Our popular auction will be back with some amazing lots, visitors will be able to view on the website from Tues 18th August and bid online from 9.00am on Friday 21st August, closing at 5pm on Sunday 23rd.
BirdLife international will share more about their current project; “the illegal bird trade in South Asia” in a designated area on the website and discuss the progress of past Birdfair projects.
Don't miss out, it will be the virtual event of the year!