Sage & Songbirds
What is it?

nwf certificateAlpine, California made national history when it was designated as America’s FIRST Community Wildlife Habitat on May 1, 1998.

The certification, proclaimed by the National Wildlife Federation, was the result of the efforts of dozens of businesses and scores of residents who have each done a small part to provide habitats for hummingbirds, butterflies and songbirds. The project is known as "Sage & Songbirds."

Alpine gardens have been enhanced with beautiful berries, colorful sages and other nectar-rich plants to provide for the basic needs of area winged wildlife. Several of these gardens are featured during a three-day, self-guided tour, held the first weekend in May. Ticket-holders may visit gardens throughout the weekend (one visit per site.) Click here to see read about this year's gardens.

Each year, a “Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour & Festival of Gardens” is held the first weekend in May, and includes garden tours, educational seminars, specialty vendors, entertainment and much more. The 2015 event is set for May 1-3.

A highlight of each year's event is CHIRP's very popular butterfly release, held at Alpine Creek Town Center. Live native butterflies will be released at noon, both Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015. Admission is free and we welcome you to join us! Butterflies will also be released in the gardens, during the tour.

The Sage & Songbirds mission is to make Alpine a town unforgettable to visitors, and endlessly enjoyable to those who live here. Sage & Songbirds is a project of CHIRP.

We invite you to come celebrate with us! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THIS YEAR'S EVENT.


The Sage & Songbirds Festival is an annual celebration of Alpine's recognition by the
National Wildlife Federation as America's First Community Wildlife Habitat.


Butterflies eager to be released!
Each year during the Sage & Songbirds Festival,
hundreds of native butterlies are released as part of the celebration.




Garden afficionados tour bird-and-butterfly-friendly gardens.


A birds-of-prey talk is presented FREE (above) during the Festival,
and a raptor rehabilitation and education facility is a bonus site
for those with garden tour tickets (below) during all three days of that event.

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For additional Festival and/or Garden Tour information, please click here.