Everyone is invited for all-day fun at the 8th annual Cradle of Birding Wildlife and Conservation Festival at John Heinz NWR, on September 17, 2011. The festival features wildlife exhibits, live animal shows, bird walks, demonstrations, fishing, archery, live music, free lunch, trolley tours around the impoundment, and much more. The first bird walk starts at 7 am. Exhibitors and other activities run from 9 am to 3 pm. At 2 pm, John Heinz NWR welcomes keynote speaker JOHN ROGERS of Bird Town Pennsylvania, presenting "Designing with Natives, A Road Map to Backyard Design and Stewardship." At 10 am, Dr. Barb Elliot and Edie Parnum, co-directors of the Valley Forge Audubon Society "Backyards for Nature", program will present a colorful, interesting program highlighting the benefits of native species. The annual Heinz Refuge Photo Contest winners will be announced in the afternoon. The Cradle of Birding Festival is great fun for the whole family, and free of charge. Tell your friends, bring a child, and join us on September 17! For more information, visit http://www.friendsofheinzrefuge.org/.