Birding Festivals and Events

If you’re wild about wild birds, birding festivals & events are the place to be!

With feathered fun for everyone, birding festivals are a wonderful way to learn about birds and connect with other birders. Meet fellow birding enthusiasts through guided tours, arts & crafts, educational seminars, talks from keynote speakers, children’s activities, vendors of bird feeders & birding products, and so much more! Fly to new heights with avian experts who answer your questions and give you birding tips & techniques to enrich your passion for birds!

Many birding festivals focus on bird species with plentiful populations in the local area, and attending festivals outside your region gives you the chance to see new birds & habitats beyond your own backyard. Your support helps birding festivals raise awareness about the importance of protecting & connecting with nature, because the more birders attend birding festivals, the more respect for nature, habitat, and the environment will spread to our communities.

So take flight, expand your horizons, and explore new worlds of birds!

Apr 1 to Apr 30, 2018 • A Celebration of Swans • Whitehorse, YT, Canada
Yukon’s premier birding festival brings residents and visitors alike out to great swan viewing areas to welcome spring to the North. The mass migration of tens of thousands of swans, ducks and geese is not to be missed. The Swan Haven Interpretive Centre, open daily in April, is the hub of the festival. Events include photography and art workshops, presentations, campfire storytelling, children’s activities and more. For more information, please contact 867-667-8291 or wildlife.viewing@gov.yk.ca.

Apr 5 to Apr 8, 2018 • Harney County Migratory Bird Festival • Burns, OR, USA
Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon’s high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you’ll see it all! The festival offers nonstop birding activities as well as historical and cultural information sure to entertain you and your family. So whether you’re a beginner or a life-long wildlife enthusiast, the festival has something for everyone! Keynote speaker to be announced. For more information, please contact the Harney County Chamber of Commerce at 541-573-2636 or info@migratorybirdfestival.com.

Apr 6 to Apr 8, 2018 • Mackinaw Raptor Fest • Mackinaw City, MI, USA
Come see hawks, owls, and waterbirds as they are studied by biologists. Along with outdoor birding, enjoy indoor programs on Saturday. Keynote speakers and break-out sessions about owl research, how data from hawk counts is compiled and used. Registration begins in early January. For more information, please contact Kathy Bricker at kathynaturelover@gmail.com or 231-627-4830.

Apr 6 to Apr 8, 2018 • Nebraska Prairie Chicken Festival • Burwell, NE, USA
Our festival celebrates prairie grouse species, the grasslands they inhabit, and the culture that surrounds them. A lek tour is in the early morning with cool temps. During the festival, you will visit both a Sharp-tailed Grouse and Greater Prairie-chicken lek, have 5 meals provided, enjoy speakers and entertainment, as well as guided daytime adventures. Lodging available, but book early. Lek tours are also available March 15-April 15. For more information, please contact 3083464697 or hbswitzer@ntc.net.

Apr 9, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018 • American Ornithology 2018 Meeting • Tucson, AZ, USA
Please join us for the 136th annual meeting of American Ornithology. Opportunities to share and discuss scientific research in all areas involving birds, with a special emphasis on research and conservation focused on our 2018 theme of Celebrating Connections: Birds Across Borders. Symposia, workshops, field trips, and plenary presentations. Open to the public: keynote address by Dr. Ron Pulliam and evening symposium on 40 years of birding and research in Southeast Arizona. Visit our website for more information and to register. Contact: 312-883-4645, AOS18AZ@gmail.com.

Apr 13 to Apr 15, 2018 • Olympic Birdfest 2017 • Sequim, WA, USA
The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching with a wide variety of bird species. Field trip locations include bays, fields, and wooded areas. The locations are part of the Olympic Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail and are known as Important Bird Areas (IBA). The Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim will become “Bird Central” for the festival. When you arrive we will have maps and information about the Sequim Dungeness Valley in addition to all the maps and information about the demonstrations and events offered during the festival. Keynote speaker to be announced. For more information, please contact info@olympicbirdfest.org or 360-681-4076.

Apr 13 to Apr 15, 2018 • 22nd Annual Great Louisiana BirdFest • Mandeville, LA, USA
For the past 21 years, the Northlake Nature Center has sponsored the Great Louisiana BirdFest during spring migration. This is the time when numerous migrant bird species come from Mexico and South America across the Gulf of Mexico and pass through south Louisiana on their way to their summer territories. Birders travel from all corners of the USA and from other countries to participate because our area is a prime bird-watching location, and the Great Louisiana BirdFest is considered one of the premier birding events in the country. Join us and enjoy what people travel long distances to see: this wonderful environment of Southeast Louisiana that is in our own backyard. Expert birdwatchers as well as novices are welcome to attend one or more of the available birding trips via foot, pontoon boat or paddled canoes; the social; and/or the photography workshop. For more information, please contact Rue McNeill at 985-626-1238 or birdfest@northlakenature.org.

Apr 14 to May 13, 2018 • Atlanta Bird Fest 2018 • Atlanta, GA, USA
Birds, y’all! Enjoy a full month of bird & nature-centric activities during Georgia’s largest bird festival. Events include exclusive field trips at metro-Atlanta hotspots with expert guides, a weekend coastal trip, educational workshops, special guest speakers, and more. This year’s keynote speaker will be local Georgia writer, environmental activist and naturalist Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground. Registration will open March 1, 2018, for members of Atlanta Audubon and on March 8, 2018, for non-members. For more information, please contact Michelle Hamner at michelle@atlantaaudubon.org or 678-973-2437.

Apr 18 to Apr 24, 2018 • Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival • Arcata, CA, USA
Godwit Days is held at the peak of spring migration and celebrates the thousands of shorebirds that flock to the shores of Humboldt Bay. Arcata is nestled between Humboldt Bay and Redwood forest, providing access for day trips to see Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, Western Snowy Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Ruffed Grouse, and other North Coast specialties. Keynote Speakers and around 100 field trips to choose from! For more information, please contact 707-826-7050 or godwitdaysreg@yahoo.com.

Apr 18 to Apr 25, 2018 • Lek Treks & More: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival • Woodward, OK, USA
Join us in northwest Oklahoma to view Lesser Prairie-Chickens from blinds or vans. We offer an extended trip to view Greater Prairie-Chickens at the Tallgrass Prairie in northeast Oklahoma. Get both species of prairie-chickens in one trip! For photographers we offer special packages, with dedicated blinds and special access to the Selman Ranch. A unique feature of our festival is that everyone has an opportunity to participate in fence marking, a conservation action that is easy to do and critical to the survival of these birds. Additional field trips are scheduled to areas around northwest Oklahoma, including the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, Black Mesa at the end of the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains, and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, where we’ll see Black-capped Vireos. Other activities include star gazing, bat and owl watches, and workshops. Keynote speaker TBA. For more information, please contact John Kennington at 918-809-6325 or johnkennington@gmail.com.

Apr 19 to Apr 22, 2018 • 16th Galveston FeatherFest • Galveston Island, TX, USA
This event is the Island’s annual birding and nature photography festival held during spring migration. Galveston is one of the top locations in the country for birding because it hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small geographical area where some 300 species make their permanent or temporary home throughout the year. Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track! Well known speakers and regional experts lead memorable trips (including High Island), workshops, birding & photography events, with 200+ species. For more information, please contact Julie Ann Brown, GINTC, at 409-789-8125 or info@gintc.org.

Apr 19 to Apr 22, 2018 • South Texas Birdiest Festival in America • Corpus Christi, TX, USA
Named the “Birdiest City in North America” for a decade, Corpus Christi’s location in key spring migration pathways draws in birders from around America and around the world. General admission to the festival is included with Botanical Gardens Admission ($8 for vendors, Raptor Project, and Botanical Gardens self-guided tour). Education Upgrade ($20) allows access to all seminars and guided nature walk. Separately-priced field trips available with Premium Upgrade ($35), including seminars, Thursday BBQ Dinner, and Tour registration access. For more information, please contact wmwomack@stxbot.org or 361-852-2100 x225.

Apr 20 to Apr 22, 2018 • 14th Annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival • Pacific City, OR, USA
Visit Pacific City on the Oregon Coast for a weekend of birding and blues music. This nonprofit community festival aims to educate as well as entertain its participants. The three days include presentations from photographers, conservationists, and bird enthusiasts, live bird exhibitions, birding field trips led by regional experts and biologists, and one night of excellent blues music. Keynote speaker to be announced. Experience spring migration like never before from dawn until well after dark at the Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival on the Oregon Coast! For more information call us at 503-965-6247 or visit our website at www.birdingandblues.org.

Apr 20 to Apr 22, 2018 • 18th Annual Balcones Songbird Festival • Marble Falls, TX, USA
Migrating birds consider the Texas Hill Country a sort of freeway rest stop—a way station where they can relax, catch a good meal, and gather strength for the rest of their journey. Nestled in the hill country is the 24,000-acre Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge that provides critical habitat for 2 endangered songbird migrant species—the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. They not only stop to rest—they stop to nest! The Balcones Songbird Festival is a celebration of nature through a collection of interpretive events to experience both bird species and their habitat. Experienced guides help you add to your life list. For more information, please contact 512-965-2473 or Friends@friendsofbalcones.org.

Apr 20 to Apr 22, 2018 • Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration • Grand Isle, LA, USA
See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds & waders on beaches and in the marshes, and raptors overhead. Grand Isle is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico. The celebration is held annually to correspond with peak bird migration in April. For more information, please contact 985-787-2229 or email jlandry@tnc.org.

Apr 20, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018 • Hagerman Bird Festival • Hagerman, ID, USA
Located on the Pacific Flyway, Hagerman Valley is home to several important Bird Areas with an estimated 30,000 birds wintering over. With warmer temperatures, year-round open water, and a network of sheltered ponds and marshes, it’s possible to see as many as 100 bird species during the 3-day festival! Registration is now open, but tickets are limited! Tickets range from $99 for a single day to $298 for the entire festival. Saturday evening keynote speaker is award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick. Sunday evening, the keynote speaker is Nathan Pieplow, a renowned bird-sound expert and author of PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO BIRD SOUNDS. Both speakers, 11 other birders, and the World Center for Birds of Prey will offer hosted field trips, riverboat birding, interactive workshops, and special events, plus two catered dinners, early bird fly-outs, and late night owl prowls. Bird Festival net proceeds help fund the Foundation’s bird conservancy efforts in the Hagerman Valley. Contact: 208-352-3175 or HagermanBirdFestival@gmail.com.

Apr 20, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018 • Birds in the Hills Festival • Hocking Hills, OH, USA
Join Rural Action, the Athens Area Birders, and Camp Oty’Okwa for our family-friendly Birds in the Hills Festival April 20-22 at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills. This affordable three-day festival will feature activities for adults, families, and specifically for children. We welcome anyone with even a remote interest in birds and the outdoors, including those who have never picked up a pair of binoculars. Meals and camping are available Friday night through Sunday at Camp Oty’Okwa. Birds in the Hills Festival will feature field trips to Clear Creek Metro Park, Lake Logan, and bird walks through Camp’s extensive groves of Eastern Hemlock. Participants can expect to see and hear up to 20 species of warblers, including the Black-throated Green and Blackburnian Warblers that prefer the cool hemlock gorges of Camp. We are also likely to see Blue-headed Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and a plethora of other migratory songbirds. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to meet other nature enthusiasts, listen to a local band, and enjoy local beers. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kelly Williams from Ohio University, will speak about owls, including the Saw-whet Owls she studied for several years. Contact: Joe Brehm at joe@ruralaction.org or (740) 767-2225.

Apr 21, 2018 • Birding the Bay • Eastpoint, FL, USA
Day-long birding event on Apalachicola Bay for birders of all levels, from advanced to beginners. Professionally-led tours will focus on shorebirds, migratory birds, and/or woodland species. See colorful songbirds like Indigo Buntings and Summer Tanagers on St. George Island on their migratory stop over, view shorebirds in the shallow waters around St. George Island State Park, visit the pine woodlands where the Red Cockaded Woodpecker thrives, or learn the basics of birding with Audubon at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR). After a morning in the field, participants will return to the Nature Center for lunch and a lecture on how to photograph birds. The afternoon will feature educational booths, a bird banding demonstration, and more! For more information, please contact 850-670-7743 or Emily.A.Jackson@dep.state.fl.us.

Apr 25, 2018 to Apr 28, 2018 • Great Dismal Swamp Migration Celebration • Suffolk, VA, USA
Guided bird walks each morning at several locations on the refuge; bus tours and boat tours on Lake Drummond Thursday and Friday afternoon. All events are free but require advanced reservations. Full schedule available on website in February 2018. Contact: 757-986-3705, Deloras_Freeman@fws.gov.

Apr 26 to Apr 29, 2018 • Stikine River Birding Festival • Wrangell, AK, USA
Wrangell Stikine River Birding Festival provides an ideal opportunity for all ages to celebrate the spring migration of Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and thousands of shorebirds. Events are scheduled for all ages including art and photo contests, build-a-feeder, guest speakers, and of course – an opportunity to explore the surrounding islands and Stikine River flats for birds! For more information, please contact 800-367-9745 or fun@wrangellalaska.org.

Apr 26 to Apr 29, 2018 • Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival • Cottonwood, AZ, USA
Registration begins February 1. The festival includes field trips, workshops, guided walks, seminars, exhibit hall and vendors, and more. Registration fee is $15 plus additional fees for field trips. Saturday is the free “Family Nature Fair” with games and activities for children and parents alike from 10am to 2pm at Dead Horse Ranch State Park’s river day-use area. New trips are added each year. Returning trips include kayak trips down the Verde and the popular Cadillac Canoe Brunch. Favorite field trips to local birding hot spots and trips to explore the geology of the Verde Valley with a knowledgeable guide who will describe the processes that created this amazingly unique landscape. This is an extraordinary festival for everyone, from birding beginners to experts, lovers of nature, and lovers of learning. Keynote speaker to be announced. Events fill quickly, so register as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Barbie Hart at birdyverde@gmail.com or 928-282-2202.

Apr 27 to Apr 29, 2018 • Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival • Fredericksburg, TX, USA
All things wings in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Enjoy a variety of lecturers and birding field trips to many Hill Country hotspots with the opportunity to see Texas’ 2 endangered species: Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-Capped Vireo. Live raptor demonstration, Hummingbird banding field trips, a photography workshop, free children’s activities, and shopping at nature-themed vendor booths. For more information, please contact Jane Crone at 218-912-5920.

Apr 27 to Apr 29, 2018 • Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival • Hoquiam, WA, USA
Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed along the Washington Coast and in the Grays Harbor estuary during their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world’s greatest migrants. The concentration of birds during spring migration offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species. The shorebird spectacle happens every year at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and in other parts of the county. People from around the world come to view this event of hemispheric importance. The festival works to bring people together for this incredible natural phenomenon. For more information, please contact Jennifer Cutillo at 360-753-9467.

Apr 27 to Apr 29, 2018 • Owens Lake Bird Festival • Bishop, CA, USA
Join Friends of the Inyo for the Owens Lake Bird Festival on Owens Lake where water, vast open sky, the high rise of the Sierra Nevada, thousands of migratory birds, and the story of human presence come together to define the geography of a special place. Join local experts for birding and natural history outings on and around Owens Lake. Keynote speakers with dinner reception. Celebrate the return of thousands of migratory birds to a rejuvenated landscape at Owens Lake, a National Audubon Society designated Important Bird Area. Contact Ben Wickham, 760-873-6500, info@friendsoftheheinyo.org.

Apr 27 to Apr 29, 2018 • Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival • Point Reyes Station, CA, USA
This three-day event is a program of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) and allows attendees to experience one of the most ecologically significant areas along the Pacific Coast with experienced naturalists and biologists. Just outside the magnificent Point Reyes National Seashore, participants will enjoy the biological diversity of plants and animals of this area and the surrounding regional habitats of the rural landscapes of West Marin County. The Festival takes place at the height of spring migration with opportunities for over 184 bird species! Over 50 field events and indoor workshops focused on a variety of birds, habitat, plants, and mammals. Keynote speakers to be announced. For more information, please contact 415-663-9312 or events@eacmarin.org.

Apr 27, 2018 to Apr 29, 2018 • 18th Annual Balcones Songbird Festival • Marble Falls, TX, USA
Migrating birds consider the Texas Hill Country a sort of freeway rest stop—a way station where they can relax, catch a good meal, and gather strength for the rest of their journey. Nestled in the hill country is the 24,000-acre Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge that provides critical habitat for two endangered songbird migrants—the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. They not only stop to rest, they stop to nest. The Balcones Songbird Festival is a celebration of nature through a collection of interpretive events to experience both bird species and their habitat. Experienced guides help you add to your life list. Contact: 512-965-2473, Friends@friendsofbalcones.org.

Apr 28, 2018 • Thornapple Woodpecker Festival • Middleville, MI, USA
The Thornapple Woodpecker Festival, now in its eighth year, provides guided tours on a paved trail along the Thornapple River where there is an established population of Red-headed Woodpeckers and more common Eastern woodpeckers. The short trees on the trail’s south side give good views of warblers and swallows. Waterfowl are found in the ponds and marsh areas. Golf carts are provided for those that would rather ride. Speakers on nature-related topics are available throughout the day, as well as nature-related crafts. The 1922 Trail Depot will be open during the day to show the history of the railroad. Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Audubon Club. Contact: Jean Lamoreaux, 616-293-8666, or email at cal3jean@gmail.com.

Apr 28 to Apr 29, 2018 • Spring Fling • Paradise, MI, USA
Join us for Michigan Audubon’s annual celebration of bird migration at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. Spring Fling is held each year during the last weekend in April. Life listers, photographers, beginners, and birders of all ages will enjoy this weekend at the premier birding spot in Michigan. The event includes bird walks, informative workshops, a banquet with keynote speaker Josh Haas, pre- and post-event birding field trips, family-friendly activities, and more! For more information, please contact Lindsay Cain at 517-580-7364 or lcain@michiganaudubon.org.

Apr 29, 2018 to May 5, 2018 • 2018 Spring Birding Days • St. Simons Island, GA, USA
Celebrate the spring migration on Little St. Simons Island! Guest ornithologists join our staff naturalists on excursions highlighting the abundance of species that flock here during this special time. Availability is limited. Call 888-733-5774 between 9 am and 5 pm ET daily or visit our Reservations page for availability and reservations. Three-, four-, and seven-night packages, priced per couple, double-occupancy. Availability is limited. Call 888-733-5774 between 9 am and 5 pm ET daily, email Lodge@LittleSSI.com, or visit our website.

Apr 30 to May 5, 2018 • New River Birding and Nature Festival • Fayetteville, WV, USA
Since 2002, the New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place annually in and around the New River Gorge National River, in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology has identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson’s Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird-watching nature festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours. A friendly birding vacation for everyone, the week-long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival. Signature guided bird-watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world-class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit. Keynote Speakers to be announced. For more information or to contact us, please visit our website.

Apr 30 to May 21, 2018 • Festival of Birds • Leamington, ON, Canada
Point Pelee is located at the crossroads of two major migration routes, extending into the western basin of Lake Erie. It is one of the first migration stops when birds cross Lake Erie at night. By the end of April, the first wave of songbirds arrives. 42 of the 55 regularly occurring warbler species in North America have been recorded at Point Pelee. All festival programs are included with Point Pelee National Park admission. Workshops, programs, and bird walks for beginners to experts: birding 101; sparrow, warbler, shorebird, waterbird, and raptor ID; photography; introduction to eBird; digiscoping and photography; seawatching; 100 Species Challenge. Birder breakfast and lunch. Reserve your birding hike online or call 519-326-6173, 888-707-3533. Birding hikes limited to 12 participants.

May 2 to May 4, 2018 • Southwest Wings Spring Fling & Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival • Sierra Vista, AZ, USA
Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival is entering its 27nd year in 2018. This is the premiere nature festival in Arizona, voted one of the top 5 birding and nature festivals in the country. Due to the abundance and variety of wildlife species we offer two birding events. May is our Spring Fling with field trips only. August is our larger festival, Southwest Wings, with Keynote Speaker, Wildlife exhibits and Vendors with birding paraphernalia. Both events offer field trips to all the birding hotspots in Southeast Arizona. We offer small group birding with a limit of ten people plus a guide. We are very proud of our guiding roster that we have developed in the last quarter century. Many come to see our 15 species of hummingbirds, but many other rarities show up on our event bird list. For more information, like lists of birds seen last year, please visit our website, or contact 520-266-0149 or admin@swwings.org.

May 4, 2018 to May 6, 2018 • 5th Annual Deep Creek Lake State Park Birdfest • Swanton, MD, USA
Early May is the perfect time to see birds migrating through the area. Most migrants have returned, but the leaves haven’t grown enough to block your view of the birds in the treetops. Join us for one or more walks during the weekend. This birdfest was created to help fairly new but very interested birders become more accomplished at this challenging sport. We spend a lot of time listening to and learning bird songs. You may develop a new and lifelong healthy obsession. $5/trip, 6 and under free. Call 301-387-7067.

May 4, 2018 to May 13, 2018 • The Biggest Week in American Birding • Oregon, OH, USA
The “Biggest Week” is a 10-day birding festival organized and hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory and features some of the best birding in North America. In mid-May, you won’t want to be anywhere else but Northwest Ohio. With a myriad of workshops, guided birding activities, half-day birding bus tours, keynote speakers, and more, The “Biggest Week” has something to offer beginner and seasoned birders alike. Learn photography skills and bird identification tips from leading experts, take a sketching class with a local artist, or join one of our daily walks at the world famous Magee Marsh boardwalk. If it is bird related, you can find it at The Biggest Week In American Birding! Keynote speakers to be announced. Contact: 419-898-4070, biggestweek@bsbo.org.

May 5, 2018 to May 8, 2018 • Red Slough Birding Convention • Idabel, OK, USA
The Red Slough Birding Convention showcases marsh birds, wading birds, songbirds, dragonflies, wildflowers, and champion trees at three top birding areas within the central region: Red Slough WMA, Little River NWR, and the McCurtain County Wilderness Area. See species, such as Swainson’s Warbler, White Ibis, Purple Gallinule, Scarlet Tanager, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, King Rail, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Painted Bunting, Least Bittern, and many more. The keynote speaker is Greg Lasley. Contact: Robert Bastarache, 580-494-6402 x107, rbastarache@fs.fed.us.

May 9, 2018 to May 13, 2018 • Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival • Cortez, CO, USA
Today’s meadows, pastures, cultivated fields, historic orchards, stock ponds, and reservoirs establish habitat for a wide-spectrum of migratory and resident birds. Some species, such as Lucy’s Warbler, are found no place else in Colorado. Hosted by the Cortez Cultural Center, the UMMV Birding Festival draws upon the expertise of regional wildlife specialists who volunteer as tour guides and guest lecturers. Each year new tours, and repeat favorites, explore an array of birding hotspots that attract avian species from loons and grebes to sparrows, grosbeaks, and finches. Keynote speakers are Emily Davenport and Amelia Gazzo (“Caring for Pint-Sized Predators: An intimate look into rehabilitating Colorado’s injured and orphaned swallows.”). Overnight tours within easy driving distance offer different environs and the prospect of encountering species not found within the Cortez area. Tours combine birding with regional archaeology, ecology, and history. The festival’s birding tally has climbed to 180 species. The UMMV Birding Festival designs activities and tours to fit a gamut of abilities, ages, and interests. Early evening lectures, keynote speaker, social hours, a bird-themed art show, and banquet. Contact 970-565-1151 x14, diane.cherbak@gmail.com.

May 11, 2018 to May 13, 2018 • Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest • Ellensburg, WA, USA
Come bird with KEEN for 3 days during the second weekend of May and discover the natural beauty of Central Washington State! Kittitas County features diverse and spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains, thousands of acres of public forest, lush riparian corridors, and endangered shrub-steppe open space. The Yakima River Canyon is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with some of the highest densities of passerines and birds of prey in the State, some of them obligate to the shrub-steppe habitat. The Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will offer expert-led field trips, keynote speakers, vendors, extended field trips, social events and music, and a plethora of early spring bird watching! Contact: Jill Scheffer, kittitasee@gmail.com, 509-551-8807.

May 11, 2018 to May 13, 2018 • Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Spring migration in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and El Paso County, where the short-grass prairies rise to meet the majestic top of Pikes Peak, offer diverse bird life. Join us for the 4th annual Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival; search for Flammulated Owls or visit an 87,000 acre working cattle ranch to learn how ranchers and birders partner to preserve critical bird habitat. Stroll around a mountain lake looking and listening for returning summer residents or enjoy a hike in the aromatic junipers and scrub oaks of a foothill riparian area. We also offer workshops and seminars for all ages. Contact: 719-282-7877, Rise Foster-Bruder, riserefb@comcast.net.

May 11, 2018 to May 20, 2018 • Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities • Twin Cities, MN, USA
The Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities is an opportunity for novice birders and experienced birders alike to explore and learn! Festival activities are held at a variety of locations across the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Contact: Emma Wise, urbanbirdingfestival@gmail.com.

May 12, 2018 • American Falls Birding Festival • American Falls, ID, USA
Bring your friends and family for a fun day of learning about birds. Field trip to Massacre Rocks St. Park and lunch at Bay Restaurant with speaker and prizes. Owls and shorebirds at the American Falls Reservoir. Fun for the whole family.

May 12, 2018 • Mine Kill State Park First Annual Bird Festival • North Blenheim, NY, USA
Grab your binoculars; it’s time to go birding! Join us at the Mine Kill Pool Complex for a fun-filled day of feathered friends. Browse local vendors and exhibitors and pick the brain of some local birders. Featuring NY Wildlife Rescue, as seen on Nat Geo with their birds of prey, Intro to Birding by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon, and a birding competition! Admission to this event is FREE! Contact: (518) 827-8690, mineKillSP@parks.ny.gov.

May 12, 2018 • Migration Celebration • Cadiz, KY, USA
World Migratory Bird Day, the second Saturday in May (May 12), honors the spectacle and struggles of bird migration between North America and the tropics. Join us to be part of the celebration! Peek in on baby birds, enjoy kid-friendly crafts, games, and special programs throughout the day. Visit our website for the full day’s schedule! Contact: Arrianne Byrum, 270-924-2299, abyrum@friendsoflbl.org.

May 12, 2018 • World Migratory Bird Day and 75th Anniversary of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge • Chincoteague Island, VA, USA
“Year of the Bird” is the conservation theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day celebration. It complements well, the 75th Anniversary of Chincoteague NWR, originally established May 13, 1943, to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving Greater Snow Geese). On Saturday, from 10 AM to 3 PM, Chincoteague NWR teams up with the Chincoteague Natural History Association to offer visitors a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities. The historic Assateague Lighthouse opens for climbs at 9 AM. Come build a bird house or enjoy a special movie, shown throughout the day. At noon, we’ll conduct the Children’s Art Contest Award Ceremony. Be in the refuge auditorium at 1 PM, where staff from Assateague State Park will present the ever popular “Scales and Tales,” live raptors and reptiles program, followed by a taste of the anniversary cake at 2 PM in the classroom. Thanksgiving Weekend, November 22-25, 2018, join us for the Waterfowl Weekend at the same location. Fall heralds the return of thousands of snow geese from their northern tundra breeding grounds to the milder climate of Chincoteague NWR for the winter. Also enjoy a variety of ducks and swans as well as flocks of visitors who celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in this special place. The Wildlife Loop Trail will be open during Waterfowl Weekend for extended access. Visitors can drive around the trail from 9 AM until dusk from November 22 to 25, 2018. Please drive cautiously as this trail is also a hiking and biking route. To access the special drive along the Service Road, visitors must enter the Wildlife Loop Trail from 12 to 2 PM and follow the one-way traffic pattern to the road’s entrance. This may take 10 or 15 minutes, due to high volume. All vehicles are expected to completely exit the Service Road by 4 PM. Contact: 757-336-6122 or fw5rw_cnwr@fws.gov.

May 12, 2018 to May 21, 2018 • Prince Edward Point Spring Birding Festival • Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada
Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory invites you to our annual Festival during peak migration of Boreal songbirds in the heart of the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area – waterfowl, raptors, grassland species and dozens of warbler species. Go on guided walks with expert birders, contribute lists to our Big Week in the IBA, and view banding demonstrations. See full details on our website. Contact: Peter Fuller, info@peptbo.ca, 613-968-4643.

May 16, 2018 to May 19, 2018 • 21st Annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds • Detroit Lakes, MN, USA
Migration celebration in Minnesota’s unique transition zone of tallgrass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests, and wetlands. Presentations, socials, and morning field trips. Friday night keynote Carrol Henderson, Saturday night keynote Noah Strycker. Wednesday evening show For the Birds at Holmes Theatre. Thursday social at Hub 41 and bird by pontoon. Online program/registration at https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/events/festival-of-birds. Contact: Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, 218-847-9202, dlchamber@VisitDetroitLakes.com.

May 17, 2018 to May 19, 2018 • 12th Annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival • Ashland, WI
Three days of birding and nature activities on Wisconsin’s south shore of Lake Superior at the peak of spring migration. Among the best birding destinations in the Midwest, the Chequamegon Bay region encompasses a wide variety of habitats home to nearly 300 species. Abundant public lands and extraordinary natural beauty provide visitors with unparalleled nature-watching opportunities in this exceptional area of northern Wisconsin. This highly anticipated weekend event features guided field trips, hands-on workshops, educational programs, exhibits, speakers, and more than 100 activities from which to choose. Keynote speaker to be announced. For registration information, visit our website or contact us at 800-284-9484 or prchamber@centurytel.net.

May 17, 2018 to May 19, 2018 • 13th Annual Tawas Point Migration • Tawas City, MI, USA
Spend an amazing weekend witnessing a spectacular spring migration in northeastern Michigan along Lake Huron. View a wide variety of migratory birds as they rest and feed at Tawas Point State Park. From waterfowl to songbirds, you’ll see it all! The Tawas Point Migration 2018 celebration offers nonstop birding activities and interesting information sure to entertain everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong wildlife enthusiast, this is for you! For more information about bird viewing options and event reservations go to www.ausablevalleyaudubon.org or contact Jim at 847-381-8663. We are also on Facebook at AuSable Valley Audubon.

May 17, 2018 to May 20, 2018 • Indiana Dunes Birding Festival • Chesterton, IN, USA
The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival occurs along the shores of Lake Michigan to celebrate the area’s rich biodiversity and bird-watching opportunities. Activities include nearly 60 guided carpool and van tours to view migrating birds, vendor marketplace, more than 50 bird-related programs, from live raptor talks to species ID workshops, and special workshops for new bird watchers and educators. In the evening there are excursions for owls, woodcocks and whip-poor-wills and family-friendly “birds and brews” social events. The Saturday keynote presentation includes dinner, silent auction, and vendor marketplace. General early-bird registration begins in mid-February. Contact Brad Bumgardner, Indiana Audubon Society, 219-928-6905, bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org.

May 17, 2018 to May 20, 2018 • Leavenworth Spring BirdFest • Leavenworth, WA, USA
Come bird with us the third weekend in May and celebrate the 16th Annual Leavenworth Spring BirdFest! Enjoy the unforgettable experience of witnessing the vast array of returning migratory birds in the midst of the peak wildflower season in the incomparable natural beauty of North Central Washington’s Wenatchee Valley. The Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, lush riparian zones to shrub-steppe. Educational and recreational opportunities abound with field trips led by area birding and wildlife experts and professionals. While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, art events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for birders and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Contact: Wenatchee River Institute Programs programs@wenatcheeriverinstitute.org 509-548-0181, x4.

May 17, 2018 to May 21, 2018 • Great Salt Lake Bird Festival • Farmington, UT, USA
Come join us at the 20th Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Farmington, Utah! Bird watching is a great family activity, and Utah is the place to see birds. Just think—5 days of field trips to the best birding areas in northern Utah, and 2 days of workshops, vendors, and youth activities. Field trips include ‘Behind-the-Gates’ trips to areas not normally open to the general public. Keynote Speaker to be announced. Register online for dinner and field trips. Contact: Neka Roundy, 801-451-3286, neka@daviscountyutah.gov.

May 18, 2018 to May 20, 2018 • Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle • Erie, PA, USA
Enjoy peak songbird migration as well as opportunities to see waders, raptors, and shorebirds at Presque Isle State Park, a Lake Erie hotspot in northwestern PA. Enjoy small group field trips to distinct habitats, including lagoons and palustrine sand plains, workshops for all skill levels, plenty of social festivities and keynote speaker Drew Lanham. This is perfect choice for those seeking an intimate birding experience, as the festival is limited to 150 attendees. Contact info@presqueisleaudubon.org.

May 19, 2018 to May 20, 2018 • Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend • Brighton, Ontario, Canada
Presqu’ile, a peninsula sticking out into Lake Ontario, acts as a magnet for north-bound birds crossing the lake. Its many habitats support a wide variety of species, from songbirds to shorebirds. Numerous guided walks during this weekend allow visitors an excellent chance to view and study these jewels of nature. All activities are free, although a valid park pass is required for vehicles entering the park. Camping available. Contact: david.bree@ontario.ca, 613-475-4324 ext 225, for more details.

May 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018 • Freeport Birding Festival with L.L. Bean and Maine Audubon • Freeport, ME, USA
Join L.L.Bean and Maine Audubon for the Freeport Birding Festival. Maine Audubon guides will lead outings to several local bird-watching hotspots. We’ll track bird species identified throughout the weekend. Binoculars and spotting scopes available for participants to demo. Contact: 800-441-5713.

May 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018 • Taking Flight 2018: Birding in the Catskills • Mt. Tremper, NY, USA
Come join Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson for a Warbler Weekend in the Catskills! 3 days and 2 nights of bird walks with regional experts, workshops by engaging presenters, a morning BITH hike on nearby Hunter Mountain. Bird Conservationist Tod Winston will present Friday night’s Keynote. Saturday night Keynote by Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson. A Beginning Birder Workshop and walk will be offered on Friday afternoon. On and off-site lodging options are available for the weekend. Information at catskillcenter.org. Contact: Michael Drillinger, The Catskill Center, 845-586-2611.

May 25, 2018 to Jun 3, 2018 • 21st Huron Fringe Birding Festival • Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada
Held on two weekends, 5/25-5/28 and 5/31-6/3, MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located at the base of Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula, a natural migration corridor. The Bruce is known for diverse and unique botany, landforms, and shoreline habitats and provides an ideal backdrop for our birding festival. Over 80 guided hikes, tours, workshops & evening presentations are designed for both novice and experienced birders. Local and well-known Ontario experts are your guides. Keynote Speakers to be announced. Some family-friendly and reduced mobility programs are planned. Online registration opens February 1, 2018. Contact: 519-375-1889, huronfringebirdfest@gmail.com.

May 31, 2018 to Jun 3, 2018 • Acadia Birding Festival • Bar Harbor, ME, USA
Experience the birding wonders of Maine, from boreal to ocean – warblers, puffins, and more. We offer field trips, pelagic trips, paddling trips, talks, social events, and evening presentations. Our Keynote Speakers are Marshall Iliff, Laura Erickson, and Raymond VanBuskirk. Join these keynotes and other expert guides on adventures around Acadia National Park and beyond. Don’t miss our PELAGIC SEABIRD TRIP, Sat June 2. Please pre-register online. Contact: 207-233-3694, Becky Marvil, beckym@acadiabirdingfestival.com.

May 31, 2018 to Jun 3, 2018 • Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival • Sisters, OR, USA
Festival participants have a choice of 20 guided tours in search of eleven different species of woodpeckers (including White-headed, Black-backed, and American Three-toed) as well as over 200 other bird species who make their homes in the spectacular forests, burn areas, and diverse habitat of central Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and high desert. Sponsored by East Cascades Audubon Society (ECAS), this festival offers a fun, friendly, casual atmosphere that is all about the birds. The trips are affordable and guided by two local volunteers with the proceeds supporting the many ECAS projects fostering bird conservation. Online registration opens April 2, 2018, at 9 am, PDT, and tours fill quickly. Contact: Dhwf2018@gmail.com or Ken Hashagen at khashagen@outlook.com.

Jun 1, 2018 to Jun 2, 2018 • Kirtland’s Warbler Festival • Roscommon, MI, USA
The festival begins Friday at 6 pm with wine and brew tasting followed by a keynote speaker. Guided Kirtland Warbler tours begin on Saturday morning at the CRAF Center to Meridian Wildfire Sites and Leather Leaf Bog. Activities at the CRAF center begin at 10 am with the very popular kid’s tent, lots of animals from the Roscommon Zoo, Roscommon’s Historic Model Trains Club display, and Nature Discovery’s live collection of all 9 species of Michigan’s native turtles, as well as many vendors including arts and crafts and displays from community organizations. Afternoon programs to be announced. Contact: Abby Ertel, Huron Pines Gaylord, Michigan, 989-448-2293.

Jun 1, 2018 to Jun 3, 2018 • Hatchie BirdFest • Brownsville, TN, USA
Experience birding at its best during the Hatchie BirdFest, weekend following Memorial Day. Unique outdoor adventures and over 200 species of birds await you on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge. Events include special speakers and demonstrations, hikes, and vendors. Perfect for seasoned birders or beginners. Contact: 731-779-9000, info@hatchiebirdfest.com.

Aug 4, 2018 to Aug 5, 2018 • 22nd Annual Hummingbird Festival • Cadiz, KY, USA
August brings peak numbers of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds as they migrate through our area. You can see as many as 200 in a single day at our Nature Station during this time! Join us August 4-5 to celebrate these backyard beauties as they buzz around our gardens fueling up for the next leg of their journey. Enjoy watching hummingbird banding demonstrations as biologists catch, tag, and release hummingbirds as part of a long-term research project. Discover how you can help hummingbirds and other wildlife, such as monarch butterflies, bats, songbirds, and bees right at your own home. Stroll through our gallery of local wildlife artists, stop by the native plant sale, and enjoy programs, demonstrations, a hummingbird gift shop, and kids’ crafts & games. Full event details will be available on our website by July 1. Spend the whole day by bringing a picnic or stopping by our on-site food vendors. Contact: John Pollpeter, 270-924-2299, jmpollpeter@hotmail.com.