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      Bird enthusiasts will flock to BirdFest 2012

      UpNorthLive's Facebook fans voted to hear more about BirdFest 2012. Leelanau County is preparing for their second annual BirdFest.

      The festival will take place May 30 through June 3 and will feature events every day. Visitors can expect to see over one hundred different species of birds, including the very rare Great Lakes Piping Plover.

      One of the keynote speakers for the festival will be Jerry Weinrich, nicknamed the "Godfather of the Kirtland's Warbler." Weinrich has focused over two decades of work to helping the Warbler.

      Greg Butcher will also be a featured speaker at the event. Butcher is the Migratory Species Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service International Programs.

      Participants can choose from 11 field trips that all feature bird watching. Registration for the event is $35 and includes eight different field trips. Registered participants will recieve a 15 percent discount on all Fountain Point cottages and hotel rooms. To learn more about BirdFest 2012, visit

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