Festivals and Events

Birding festivals and events are an exciting experience for many avid birder watchers.

These gatherings offer a variety of new experiences and a chance to connect with others who share a passion for wild birds. Festivals and events are also a great way to learn about all aspects of birding in general. Many festivals offer a whole host of activities for birders and include educational seminars and guided tours. Festival activities offer the chance to interact with and talk to a wide variety of people from all over the wild bird world.  Many birding questions can be answered by knowledgeable experts with tips and techniques to further improve the  birding experiences.

Droll Yankees has compiled a list of birding festivals and events:


Dec 14, 2016 to Jan 5, 2017 • Audubon Society’s 117th Christmas Bird Count • USA, Canada, et al. (various locations)

Please visit the CBC website in the fall of 2016 to learn dates for counts in the upcoming 117th CBC. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. All Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 to January 5, inclusive dates, each season. Your local count will occur on one day between those dates. Participate in as many counts as you wish!  To learn more, click here.


Dec 19, 2016 • The Balcones Christmas Bird Count • Marble Falls, TX, USA

1st Monday of CBC Season! Join us on Monday, December 19, 2016, for the annual Balcones Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This count has enjoyed steady growth in participation over the past few years, and as a result our species total has continued to climb as well. We would love to continue this trend – more eyes in the field give a better view of the bird life there. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife census in the world and provides critical data on bird population trends and movements. The Balcones CBC is sponsored by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The circle includes all the tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area (see the map on our website). We need many birders of all skill levels to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. We would especially like to have some feeder watchers this year, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate.  Thank you for participating in this important citizen-science project! Click for more information.