Bird Week | Phil Pryde
"Wow, this is fun!" is frequently uttered by guests on their first Rancho La Puerta Bird Walk. Bird watching slows you down, keeps you looking up and challenges your senses. You'll discover that birds are great works of art and produce amazing music, and how bird watching can be a great escape and a form of meditation. In addition to daily bird walks, Bird Week features special events, including walks on the mountain, movies, and a friendly, low-key bird-count contest.
The Birds of Rancho La Puerta
Rancho La Puerta, with its rich and varied landscapes, is a magnet for birds. Bird Week is timed so that a colorful variety of both resident and migrant birds will be present while you're here. PHIL PRYDE has come to us from San Diego Audubon Society for the past decade and is very familiar with our local birds. His presentation will show you the most common birds you can see here, along with interesting information about them. You'll be seeing our Ranch birds all week, so join us and get to know them a bit - they're one of the many happy things to experience at the Ranch!
Bird Migration: Marvels, Myths and Mysteries
For millennia, people have wondered at the mystery of bird migration. Where are they going? Why? How do they know how to get there? How far can they migrate in a day? And why do some not migrate? In this informative and entertaining slide show, Phil Pryde will answer these questions and many more. Did you know some birds migrate by walking? By swimming? By flying higher than the highest mountain on Earth? Do male and female birds migrate together, or separately? These little world travelers still amaze us in their annual migrations, but today we understand a lot more about how they do it (but not everything!). Come join us for this fascinating exploration into bird behavior, and be entertained by the marvels of bird migration.