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
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!
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
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 Landlord
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

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! .
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!
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 page!
Calling all Bird enthusiasts,
Young and .....Not so Young!
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 MRBO at BIV!
Learn about a new "Young Birders Club" for
Missouri as well as MRBO'S other educational
NO Reservations required! Simply
join us at BIV for refreshments and a great
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 Mid-Missouri during the
winter months, nesting far North of us.
Check out other Birds-I-View
Educational Seminars

OVER 130 folks attended our 2018 Bluebird/Purple
Martin Seminar Series!
Thank you all and good luck with your Bluebirds and Martins this year.
Keep us posted!
Birds-I-View presents…
“Bluebirds & Purple Martins!”
Saturday, March 10th….  9 am
Monday, March 12th…. 6 pm
AND then….one week later:
“Advanced Bluebirding!”
Saturday, March 17th…. 9 am
Monday, March 19th…. 6 pm
Complimentary YUMMY refreshments at every Program!
The Birds-I-View Annual
Christmas Open House!
December 7th- 9th, 2018
Each year the BIV Elves
make hand-made Gifts for Open House
Check out
Gifts from past Christmas Open
House Events
A very special thank you to the BIV Elves who helped to
put together all those gift bags and our 2018 feeder
ornaments. Merry Christmas!
Learn MORE about
our FREE Bluebird
and Purple Martin
Please obtain written
permission from
Steve or Regina Garr
using any of the images or
materials on this site.
Educational Brochures may be used
for educational programs and
presentations as long as they are
Take our Bluebird /Purple Martin QUIZ!
(It's just for Fun- no pressure)
Check out our
The 2018 Missouri Bluebird Conference!
July 13th - 15th    Jefferson City, MO
Thank you to our experts from across the Midwest for wonderful
programs, PLUS...  entertainment by
Andy May, a  super field
trip, and great Bluebirder fellowship!!
Check out these pictures
from the 2018 Missouri
Bluebird Conference!
Many THANKS to our good friends from the Missouri River
Bird Observatory  for the bird banding in the BIV Bird
Sunday, Dec. 9th, 1:00 - 3:30 pm. THANKS for the
Close Up looks at some of our favorite Backyard Birds!
Please obtain written permission from
Steve or Regina Garr
before using any of the
images or materials on this site. Educational
Brochures may be used for educational programs
and presentations as long as they are
Steve and Regina Garr
Owners, Birds-I-View
Thanks for joining  the
"Birds-I-View Birders"
for another fun day of Bird Watching and
2018 Big Sit
Bird Count!
Saturday, October 13th
10 am - 6 pm
Over  a dozen birders and 35 different bird
species Participated! A few Highlights were
Golden- crowned Kinglet, Nashville
, and Common Nighthawk
See More HERE

Often described as a "Tailgate Party for Birders!"
this event involves lots of snacking while bird
Learn more about
PAST Big Sit events here at
  • FREE Bird Watching Fun
    with other Birders of all
    skill levels!
  • Win PRIZES by competing
    with YOURSELF and with
  • Bird Watching Snacks!
  • Please bring a chair if you
    plan to stay long
See the Complete
2018 Big Sit
Species List
for the Birds-I-View
Birders Circle!
Check out how fun our
Annual Christmas
Open House is
BIV In-Store
"Flash Sale"!!
One day only
November 17, 2018
Alice's Cottage
Promotion" !  

January 21st and January 26th, 2019
Join us for our
"Selective Bird Feeding"
Learn More HERE and then Register to Attend HERE!
February 2019 Special EVENTS!

  • Saturday, February 23rd: SNACK, SAVE and LEARN! Coffee and Tea Tasting with
    BIV and Jim Rathert Photography! We sampled several of our delicious Shade
    Grown Coffees by Birds and Beans AND introduced  a new line of Organic Herbal
    Teas. Plus,  Jim Rathert was here with NEW designs and products ....Plenty of
    Sales and Refreshments. Find out MORE about the Sales, Snacks, and Educational
    videos. We'll do this event again- it was fun!

  • February 8th - 10th: Birds-I-View will once again participate in the Midwestern
    Herb and Garden show in Mt. Vernon, IL! Back for our 25th year at this show, BIV
    will have a vendor booth PLUS present one workshop on Bird Identification and
    one on "Bluebirds Year-Round".  Join us at the Times Square Mall in Mt.Vernon,
    IL .
THANKS for attending:
"Things you didn't Know
about your Backyard
Presented by the Missouri
River Bird Observatory.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Learn More HERE!
We had FUN  at our Coffee and Tea Tasting at
BIV Saturday, February 23rd!!
In addition to our Shade grown coffees by Birds
and Beans we  introduced a NEW line of organic
Herbal Teas.
Jim Rathert was here  with
NEW Coffee Mug designs. MANY THANKS to all
who joined us!
Birds-I-View's annual Bluebird and Purple Martin Seminars!
120 folks attended our 2019 Bluebird and Purple Martin
classes- we hope you were one of them!
Bluebird Basics
Saturday, March 9th & Repeated Monday, March 11th
Advanced Bluebirding & Enjoying Purple Martins!
Saturday, March 23rd & Repeated Monday, March 25th
Attendees received a FREE nest box portal
of their choice, an Educational Packet,
Money-Saving Coupons, Super discounts on
Live Mealworms, and MORE!!
of Spring and Summer!
Saturday, April 13,
2019     9 am
repeated  Monday,
April 15, 2019       6 pm
LEARN more about the
for attending our  
"Colorful Birds"
It is Baby Bird Season!
Please join us for these FREE Seminars:
"Birds: Their First Year!" and
"Water Features for Backyard Birds"
Saturday, June 22nd ...9- 11 am
both programs repeated:
Monday, June 24th ...6-8 pm
  • Door Prizes
  • Refreshments
  • Educational
  • Coupons!
for Registering in
Register HERE
or Call
Missouri Bluebird
July 12th - 14th , 2019

Learn More HERE