HAGERMAN -- A new festival is planned in south-central Idaho as a way to protect bird habitat and help the local economy.

The Times-News reports that the Hagerman Bird Festival in Hagerman Valley is planned for Feb. 14-16.

Organizers say the festival will include speakers, field trips, family events and a wine and cheese social.

Workshops are also planned involving bird identification, photography and conservation.

Mary Austin Crofts came up with the idea for the festival after seeing so many birds in the area last winter.

Experts say the area attracts thousands of waterfowl in the winter because it's at a lower elevation and stays warmer.

Wallace Keck is park superintendent for City of Rocks National Reserve. He says about 75 to 100 species of birds arrive each winter.

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