Seminars and Events!
Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke from
the Missouri River Bird Observatory
place a leg band on a Black-capped
chickadee from the Birds-I-View Bird
Garden. They also record the weight
and other measurements
chickadee (above)
receives both a
numbered leg band and
colored leg bands. The
color bands will allow us
(and other Bird Watchers
in the BIV Bird Garden) to
"re-sight" these banded
Garden to help us watch
for banded birds!
Birds-I-View    Seminars & Events!
Banding at
Birds-I-View is very
honored to be
in the "Backyard
Bird Banding Program"
administered by the
FABULOUS folks from
Missouri River Bird
The Missouri River Bird
Observatory is doing
Conservation Work all
across Missouri and we
are so honored to be
involved with them.
Please do check out
their website (link
above) and
become a member of
their organization
Educational Seminars have been an important
part of the way Steve Garr has done business since
And it STILL is! Check out some of the Birds-I-View
events and seminars below and linked to this page.
See you at the next Seminar,
Steve & Regina Garr
Check out other

Above: Ethan superbly
explains the banding
process to the media!
Above: a White-throated
sparrow banded in the BIV Bird
Above: American
Goldfinch in Winter

Below: Comparing
an American
Goldfinch (back)
and a Pine Siskin

above: A Common
Redpoll in Winter at
our heated Bird Bath!
Birds-I-View is honored to have been
participating in MRBO's "Backyard Bird
Banding Project" since  2011! Come visit BIV to
learn more about  this special program, and to
help us watch for "color bands" on our birds!
MANY THANKS to our good friends at  
Missouri River Bird Observatory!
for ANOTHER great Bird Banding
Demo in the
Birds-I-View Bird Garden.
(NEXT Banding Date at BIV:
February 26, 2016!)
No reservations required
Thanks for attending:
"Bluebird Basics"
"Who's Nesting in your Nest Box?"
March 5th & 7th , 2016
Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
BIV Free Seminars:
"MORE about
"Purple Martin Time"!
March 12th & 14th, 2016
Thank you Missouri
River Bird Observatory for
another FUN afternoon of
seeing our favorite Birds UP
CLOSE during the bird
banding in the
BIV Bird Garden
Friday, February 26th
Thanks too to everyone who
came out to watch and learn.
Thanks for attending!
We had another full house at our April
Seminars...Thanks for attending!
"Welcome Orioles - Spring and Summer"  &
"Woodpeckers: Nature's Home-builders"!
April 9th and 11th, 2016
Take our Woodpecker
"Photo Quiz"!
Just Arrived!
Drop by BIV to see NEW Oriole feeders!
and an All NEW program:
"Silhouette Birding"!
August 13 & 15, 2016

This years Hummingbird program covered all the hummer basics, however we also focused on
those unique "Hummer Traits" that make these little birds so special!  
“Silhouette Birding was an
All- NEW topic for a BIV Seminar! Birds don’t always give us a perfect view for ID purposes. ..
The goal of this new program was to assist you in Bird Identification when what you see at your bird
feeder or through your binoculars just doesn’t look like any of the pictures in your Field Guide
Read more about the Seminars HERE
As Always, We had Great Door Prizes, delicious Refreshments (by Roly Poly Sandwiches!),
Home-made "seminar snacks",
Educational handouts, and Money-Saving Coupons just for
our Seminar Attendees! Oh- Plus a FREE GIFT for
Registering in Advance to attend...NEW cute
little "enclosure cards" featuring Steve Garr's wonderful bird photography! Every one received four
cards with envelopes PLUS one of our Invitation Cards--See a few Examples of those
(and then scroll to the bottom of that page )
Join us Saturday, July 30, 2016
for a special
BIV "Learn-Shop" Day!
(Way too much Fun to be called a "Work-Shop" Day!)
No Reservations
needed for the
"Learn-Shop" Day!
Drop by anytime between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturday, July 30th for a day
dedicated to
"How -To" Videos and Demonstrations!
Of course, we'll have Refreshments to share and even a door prize or two.

Read More about our "Learn-Shop Day" HERE!
June 10th- 12th,
The Missouri Bluebird
Society celebrated their
Ten Year Anniversary
at the
Missouri Bluebird
Read about the
Take our
The 2016 Bird Seed Booking Program for River Bluffs
Audubon Society
Birds-I-View is proud to host the annual Bird Seed Booking fund-raiser
for our local
River Bluffs Audubon Society.  
The Seed Sale Booking Program for 2016 is now closed.
Please take time to check out all the good
things RBAS does with the money earned
from this Sale!(click
Thanks for supporting this terrific
conservation organization!
The "Birds-I-View Birders" have filed
their "official" report for the
2016 Big Sit Bird Count
held in the BIV Bird Garden Saturday, October 8th
Check out our Species Report, plus pics and

Check out last years
Big Sit and species
Check out the
2014 and
2013 Big Sit too.
In the tradition of ALL our Big Sits at
BIV....there was plenty of Snacks and lots
of fun games and prizes . MOST
importantly, ALL birder levels were
In our favorite Big Sit game
participants only competed against themselves-
so no pressure-- just lots of fun!!  Thanks
everyone who attended. BIV awarded over 60
half pound bags of bird seed plus many other
"birdy" gift items to folks participating in some
of the games and events of the day.

Thanks for Attending Our Educational Seminar Series:
"Winter Bird Feeding"! November 19 & 21, 2016  
We once again gathered in the "Seminar Room" for Refreshments, an Educational
program, Door Prizes and FUN.
Congratulations to all the door prize winners ..... Especially the winners of the
"Little Bird Combo Kits!"
The Birds-I-View Annual Christmas Open House
was so much Fun! We thank everyone for coming.
December 9th - 11th, 2016
Each year the BIV Elves
make hand-made Gifts for Open
House Attendees... Check out
Gifts from past Christmas Open House
Gift is FREE during the Open
House-No purchase necessary!
See More BIV Open House Pics on our
Facebook Page
We WELCOMED our good friends from the Missouri
bird banding in the BIV Bird Garden !
Sunday, Dec. 11th 1:30- 4 pm
Thanks MRBO for giving us Close-Up looks at
Nuthatches, Chickadees, Titmouse, Woodpeckers,
White-throated sparrow, and even a Blue Jay!
2016 Christmas Open House
"Gift Tree"
BIV Elf Leah!
Thanks to all who dropped by for
"birds in the hand" at BIV!
This Free Bird banding Demo was open to the
public and provided by one of our all-time favorite
conservation organizations:
Missouri River Bird Observatory

Friday,January 20, 2017
1:30-4 pm
Exciting News at this
We had a "recapture" of a
Chickadee originally banded
at Birds-I-View in
2015!Birds-I-View in 2015!
"Bluebirds 101" and   "Purple Martins"!
February 25th & February 27th, 2017
We had great Refreshments,
terrific Door Prizes,
the coveted "Seminar
and a Special Free Gift
for Registering in Advance!
THANKS for attending!
"Advanced Bluebirding" (Protecting your Bluebirds!)
Help with Predator Control, Wasps, protection from Heat and
Cold, Ant control, and MORE.
 It's was a Problem-Solving Seminar!
Bluebird (L) and Purple Martin
at Birds-I-View store!
Thanks everyone for attending!
We received lots of compliments on the quesadillas, veggies,
and Desserts AND the "Seminar Packet
" Educational Materials.  It was great to see everyone!
Saturday, March 11th, 2017... 1 pm Repeated
Monday, March 13th... 6 pm
Check out our
"Nest Box
Learning Series"

Thanks for attending Birds-I-View's:  
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
9:00 am
and repeated at 2:00 pm
We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Of Spring and Summer!
Learn about the
Missouri Bluebird Society

Watch for info about the 2018 Conference!
MANY THANKS to all who
participated in the 2017 River Bluffs Audubon  
Bird Seed Booking Program hosted by
The Booking program is now over and ALL
those pallets of seed have been picked up!! On behalf of River
Bluffs Audubon and Birds-I-View: THANK YOU for your
We also thank everyone who joined us for the
sales at BIV on Nov. 9th - 11th ---EVERY purchase those
days benefited River Bluffs Audubon!!
What is a "Big Sit"?
Well, it is a Free,  international birding event open to EVERYONE who enjoys birds and the company of
birders! We think the Best description is :
"A Tailgate Party for Birders"!! We sit within a defined "circle" and
see how many different species of birds we can count from that location in one day (all while enjoying Yummy Food and
Terrific Company!
SO....Drop by and help us watch for as long or as little as you'd like! Learn from other
Birders and share your knowledge. Feel free to bring your favorite  Bird Watching Snack and if you can bring a chair that
would be helpful too! .
Thanks to our  "Birds-I-View Birders"
for participating in the
2017 Big Sit Bird Count!
Saturday, October 7th     10 am - 6 pm
See our OFFICIALLY registered "Team Report", including our species list,
Photos, and Team Notes ..
Past Big Sits in the BIV Garden have produced from 27- 43
different species of birds!
Check out species lists, pics, and
more from previous Big Sits
HERE (follow the links to other
years) or visit the Bird Watchers Digest website and look for us
under Big Sit registered circles in Missouri!
         Thanks for attending!! We had a super turn out and a great time!!
Dec. 8th - 10th, 2017
Birds-I-View's Annual
Christmas Open House!
December 10th, 2017   1:30- 4 pm
Public Bird Banding demo by the
Missouri River Bird Observatory!
Thank you for attending  our
August 2016 Free Seminar Series
A Wonderful Free Gift Bag included:
  • A Unique ornament /bird feeder handcrafted just for you
    by Steve and Regina and the BIV Elves!
  • bird food to fill your new feeder!  
  • "Recipes and Wishes"
  • Flying Reindeer Treat
Refreshments, Door
Prizes, SALES... Find out
The BIV Elves made EXTRA wishing well
ornament/feeders as a fund-raiser for the Missouri
River Bird Observatory...learn more on our facebook
Calling all Bird
Young and .....Not so
Friday, February 16th
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Public Bird Banding Demo
Join us as the Missouri River Bird Observatory
bands birds in the BIV Bird Garden! MRBO has
banded over 190 birds in our garden over the with us as they (hopefully) catch and
band their
200th bird at this location. We just
might do something special to celebrate!
Friday, February 16th
5:30 pm
a special Presentation by
Learn about a new
"Young Birders Club" for Missouri as well as
MRBO'S other educational projects.
NO Reservations required! Simply
join us at BIV for refreshments and a
great Program!
A Tale of Two Little
Gray Birds.....
As a part of their "Winter Backyard Bird Banding" Program, the
Missouri River Bird Observatory banded two beautiful  
Dark-eyed Juncos in the BIV Bird Garden on
Dec. 12th, 2014.
The first (pictured left with a green band and white band on its
right leg) was not re-sighted in the garden in all of 2015, 2016,
or 2017. Suddenly, on
January 16, 2018  it appeared! And on
February 6th 2018 Steve took it's picture.
The second Junco (pictured above with a pink band on one leg
and a blue band on the other) also was not re-sighted at all in
2015, and only once in 2016. However, this bird was re-sighted
three times in 2017 and again on February 6th of 2018!
Where were these birds in the "absent" years?  And what
brought them back to Ellis blvd this year?
 Juncos are only in
Missouri during the winter months, nesting far North of us.