Bird Fairs & Festivals

©British Bird Fair Website

This page carries links to various celebrations of our pastime and opportunities to join others of a similar bent, or to learn more about the order of animals we all love. There are many festivals and bird fairs listed below… scroll down the list for details. Please also look at your country or state page for local events – this page may not have the most up to date details of the festival.

I welcome contributions and updates for this page. When I know dates and venues of forthcoming events I will try to include those details in the link. I have included links on all the appropriate country and state pages and these are likely to be updated more frequently… let me know if any links no longer work.

Most fairs and festivals not only celebrate birds but also raise considerable sums toward their conservation; my experience is that they are very enjoyable events that are a fun way of raising cash and a good way to meet other birders or promote your club, cause or product.

The British Bird Fair has a website HERE and many local fairs and birding festivals can be found in a special section on each geographical page and this is where you should look for them, PLEASE report to Fatbirder about any forthcoming event…Birding For All shares a stand with Fatbirder and has done so every year since 2001

There are a wealth of Festivals and Fairs in the USA such as the San Diego Bird Festival in California

…or the Festival of Cranes in New Mexico

Festivals & Bird Fairs
  • ABA Directory of Birding Festivals

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    Details of upcoming events…
  • Canada - Ontario - Festival of Birds

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    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. Guided hikes, tours, workshops & evening presentations are designed for both novice and experienced birders. Local experts are your guides.
  • Canada - Ontario - Huron Fringe Birding Festival

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    22 May 2015 - 31 May 2015 - 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. Guided hikes, tours, workshops & evening presentations are designed for both novice and experienced birders. Local experts are your guides.
  • Colombia - Festival de las Aves de Medellín

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    En el País con mayor diversidad de especies de aves en el mundo la SAO se une a la celebración del Gran Día Mundial de la Observación de Aves...
  • Georgia (Europe) - Batumi Birding Festival

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    During this 7-day happening, you will get a unique chance to go birding during the massive migration of raptors and other birds on the East Black Sea shore. This year, we have chosen to organize the Batumi Birding Festival during the peak migration of Steppe Buzzards (over 100,000 on some days) and Eagles (flocks of 100+ including many Lesser Spotted eagles). But there is more than raptors: massive falls of waders and passerines are frequent in the coastal wetlands, and any eastern species can turn up.
  • India - Indian Bird Fair

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    The Indian Bird Fair (IBF) is held every year in the city of Jaipur (Rajasthan). It is the only event of its kind in India. Conducted on the shores of Man Sagar Lake (Jal Mahal), in the city of Jaipur, during winter when the migratory species are present, the Fair presents an opportunity for education and awareness activities that benefit the bird resource in India.
  • Israel - Eilat Birds Festival

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    15/03/2015 - 22/03/2015 - Organised by the Israel Ornithological Centre of the SPNI, the Eilat Birds Festival brings together birders from the world over for an unforgettable birding week during the peak of spring migration in southern Israel.
  • Mexico - Jalisco - Vallarta Bird Festival

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    Mission: To promote awareness, conservation and education of our tropical and migratory birds with hopes to benefit the locals and visitors from around the world...
  • South Africa - Gauteng - Sasol Bird Fair

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    The 2019 African Bird Fair will take place over the weekend of 14 & 15 September at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort.
  • Spain - Extremadura - Extremadura Birdwatching Fair

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    The Extremadura Birdwatching Fair (FIO) will celebrate their 14th anniversary in 2019. Don’t miss this meeting point for professionals and nature enthusiasts in Monfragüe National Park from February 22th to 24th. The past twelve years of this event have put Extremadura on the European map of birdwatching and it has become the largest fair of its kind in southern Europe.
  • UK - Norfolk - Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair

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    Pensthorpe Conservation Trust are hosting a Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair – showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’. The event is a celebration of nature-spotting in Norfolk and will bring together experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired art and crafts, books and wildlife and nature holidays.
  • UK - Rutland Water - British Bird Fair

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    The Birdwatching Glastonbury – Dates for 2019 are 16th, 17th and 18th August. Birdfair, aka British Birdwatching Fair, aka the Birdwatching Glastonbury, is jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.
  • UK - Scotland - Edinburgh - Scottish Birdfair

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    Thousands of wildlife and nature lovers are expected to flock to the third annual Scottish Birdfair on the 10th and 11th May making it the biggest and best yet. Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/368213-scotlands-big-nature-festival-returns
  • UK - Spurn Migration Festival

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    Bird migration is one of the great wonders of the natural world and the Spurn Peninsula on Yorkshire’s East Coast is arguably the best place in Britain to witness this spectacle. This fantastic festival has something for everyone – walks, talks, stalls, the famous Hog Roast and hopefully lots of birds for you to see. The 2019 festival will take place on September 6th, 7th and 8th.
  • UK - WWT Martin Mere - North West Bird Watching Festival

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    The North West Bird Watching Festival at Martin Mere is on 24 & 25 November. Get your tickets now to see over 70 species of wild bird, take part in workshops, hear from guest speakers and much more.
  • USA - Alabama - Alabama Coastal BirdFest

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    The 16th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest: A Birding & Nature Festival. October 2–5, 2019
  • USA - Alaska - Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

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    Join birders from around the world for the state's largest wildlife festival, kicking off May 9-12th, 2019
  • USA - Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival

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    The Kenai Peninsula boasts pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, a fantastic wildlife refuge and, best of all, thousands of birds. This four-day festival is designed to showcase and celebrate peninsula birds for all ages and abilities. Suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced birder, the festival includes informative sessions, social gatherings and birding field excursions.
  • USA - Alaska - Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival

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    Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival August 23, 24 & 25, 2019
  • USA - Alaska - Yakutat Tern Festival

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    The Yakutat Tern Festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, Alaska. The festival is family friendly and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kid’s activities, evening banquets and other programs, a race, and art.
  • USA - Arizona - Santa Cruz Nature & Heritage Festival

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    The Santa Cruz Nature & Heritage Festival is an annual event held in Santa Cruz County, Arizona to celebrate and enjoy the rich history, culture and natural beauty of Santa Cruz County and the adjoining state of Sonora, Mexico....
  • USA - Arizona - Sedona Hummingbird Festival

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    3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
  • USA - Arizona - Southwest Wings Summer

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    Annual Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista, Arizona Home General Info Spring Fling Main Festival Local Info July 31 - August 3, 2019
  • USA - Arizona - Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival

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    We invite you to explore and enjoy the beautiful and fascinating Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. Join the fun at our fifth annual Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival. Get to know our friendly local birding and conservation community and the dazzling array of watchable wildlife experiences accessible from Tucson! We will offer field trips, workshops, and dinners. It will be the best year yet!
  • USA - Arizona - Wings Over Wilcox

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    Wings over Willcox is an event dedicated to birding and nature.Willcox has become a mecca for dozens of wintering birds. Truly an exciting event to attend!
  • USA - California - Galt Winter Bird Festival

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    The City of Galt in collaboration with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary and High School School District are pleased to bring you the annual winter bird festival
  • USA - California - Godwit Days

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    Come celebrate the Marbled Godwit and explore the lush Redwood Coast. Observe many bird species and wildlife through our selection of field trips, lectures, workshops, and boat excursions led by experienced local guides during our annual week-long festival each April. Tour the expansive mudflats, the wild river valleys and the rocky ocean coast of this sector of the Klamath bioregion in northwest California.
  • USA - California - Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

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    May 2016 - Each year a portion of the proceeds from the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua fund a small grant that supports continuing research and education connections. The grant is named in honor of Jeff Maurer, a dedicated field biologist, educator, and long-time Chautauqua presenter...
  • USA - California - Monterey Bay Birding Festival

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    Welcome to the home of one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America, The Monterey Bay Birding Festival. SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019
  • USA - California - San Diego Bird Festival

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    Join us for the 2020 San Diego Bird Festival February 26 to March 1, 2020
  • USA - California - San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival

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    Join us for our 24th annual celebration of the migration through San Francisco Bay of more than 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and other wildlife at the peak of migration. February 8-10, 2019
  • USA - California - Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway

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    The Wild and Winged Wonders at the 2019 Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway in Chico, CA, was another success, although some unforeseen challenges occurred along the way. See you next year at the 21st Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, January 22–26, 2020!
  • USA - Colorado - CFO Annual Convention

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    Convention Montrose, Montrose County, June 13-17, 2019 Please join us for a long weekend of birding, field ornithology, and fun in the scenic and diverse Uncompahgre Valley of southwestern Colorado. We will be based out of the full-service small city of Montrose, and field trips will range near and far from our home base at the Holiday Inn Express–Montrose. We will be in the best place on Earth to see the astonishing Black Swift, and we will learn about some of the fascinating research on this iconic bird species.
  • USA - Colorado - Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival

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    The Annual Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival provides a popular venue for visiting southwestern Colorado during the second weekend in May. Nestled between alpine and mesa forests and scenic desert canyons, the Four Corner’s intriguingly diverse landscapes, and mild climate, have drawn people to the region for generations. Ancestral Pueblo farmers dwelled in places now known as Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, and Canyon of the Ancients. 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. May 8 - May 12, 2019
  • USA - Florida - Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival

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    Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival
  • USA - Florida - Big 'O' Birding Festival

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    Spotting the perfect Bananaquit or Golden Plover is a great way to enjoy your visit to Hendry County. Sign up for one of several birding trips sponsored by the Audubon Society, or go your own way to discover the beautiful wildlife that calls the area “home”.
  • USA - Florida - Bird Festival at Fairchild

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    Whether you are an experienced birder or just want to get in on the action as a beginner, the Annual Bird Festival at Fairchild is for you.
  • USA - Florida - Everglades Birding Festival

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    Everglades Birding Festival January 16-20, 2020 Journey through south Florida searching for beautiful and rare birds in ancient moss-covered cypress swamps, everglades prairies that join the sky and brilliant marshes that sparkle with flashes of roseate wings. Scan across the tips of grass for searching hovering Snail kites and hear the squeal of the Limpkin.
  • USA - Florida - Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival

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    Witness the magnificence of the Florida Keys’ spectacular fall bird migration during the 16th annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival...
  • USA - Florida - Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

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    One of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States! Discover why Florida’s Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival features world class photographers, field trips, workshops and presentations. January 22.27 2020
  • USA - Florida - Treasure Coast Bird & Nature Art Show

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    April, 2016 - The Cultural Council of Indian River County & the Pelican Island Audubon Society are partnering on this mini festival with an Owl Hoot, Sunset Wine and Bird pontoon ride to Pelican Island, Blue Cypress tour on Saturday, Ranch tour, Fl. Scrub Jay tour and canoe to a rookery on the Indian River. Lectures Saturday afternoon. Bird Art show from Friday afternoon to Saturday at 5pm.
  • USA - Hawaii - Hawai'i Island Festival of Birds

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    October 24 - 28 2019 Our 2019 theme, “Wanderers and Migrants: Hawaii’s Unique Avian Visitors” will be the topic of our esteemed speakers and the panel presentations throughout the day. Our famed Silent Auction, to benefit the Hawaii Wildlife Center and Hawaii Island Birding Trail is not to be missed.
  • USA - Idaho - Dubois Grouse Days

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    Doesn't seemed to still be going?
  • USA - Louisiana - Great Louisiana BirdFest

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    The Great Louisiana BirdFest is an annual event of the Northlake Nature Center. It is held each year in the spring when many species are migrating north through Louisiana from Mexico and South America. (See http://losbird.org/checklist.htm for a birding checklist.) Our location in southern Louisiana makes this an excellent time of year for birding. The weather is typically warm but not yet hot and the trees are usually leafing out, but still thin enough for improved visibility.
  • USA - Maine - Acadia Birding Festival

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    Acadia's birding community invites you and your family to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. May 30-June 2 2019
  • USA - Maine - Cape Cod Bird Festival

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    Seemingly last held in 2015
  • USA - Maryland - Eagle Festival

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    Eagle Festival Announcement: We wanted to share the news that the staff at Blackwater NWR have decided to cancel the 2019 Eagle Festival. They did it with heavy hearts, but a combination of events were too much to overcome. They're trying to catch up after the shutdown, and they also have some emergency water damage at the Visitor Center that will close parts of the building over the coming weeks, and finally the staff need to do some cross-coverage at Eastern Neck NWR, so that refuge can stay open (since they've lost their staff). The Blackwater staff tell us they hope to return bigger and better next year for the festival. And with a little luck, we might have a new Eagle Cam for you to enjoy as well! Thanks, as always, for your support.
  • USA - Michigan - Cerulean Warbler Weekend

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    Located in scenic Barry County, MI, Cerulean Warbler Weekend is the time and place to see the iconic Cerulean Warbler. June is a magical time to visit rural Barry County in southwest Michigan! Frogs drumming, dragonflies buzzing, and Cerulean Warblers singing in habitat — you won’t want to miss Cerulean Warbler Weekend. A unique birding and educational opportunity, Cerulean Warbler Weekend features guided bird walks, educational opportunities, and outdoor experiences. Species highlights include Grasshopper Sparrow, Alder, Acadian, and Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, and, of course, Cerulean Warbler. May 31-June 2, 2019, Barry County, Michigan
  • USA - Michigan - CraneFest

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    CraneFest, sponsored by Michigan Audubon in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek, focuses to raise awareness and appreciation of our natural heritage and to support the ongoing educational and conservation efforts of Michigan Audubon and it’s Bernard W. Baker Bird Sanctuary. The festival is held at the Kiwanis Youth Area in Bellevue, overlooking Big Marsh Lake. October 12-13, 2019
  • USA - Michigan - Leelanau Peninsula Birdfest

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    May 2016 seems to have been the last event
  • USA - Michigan - Midwest Birding Symposium

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    Due to the limitations of staff, time, funding, and the unbending Laws of the Physical Universe, the Midwest Birding Symposium has been indefinitely postponed. We share your disappointment in not having an MBS this year.
  • USA - Michigan - Tawas Point Birding Festival

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    The Biggest Little Birding Festival in the Midwest. Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend birding walks and tours, brush up on your bird identification skills, and support conservation efforts in the state of Michigan! May 16-18, 2019.
  • USA - Minnesota - Birding Bonanza Weekend

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    Birding Bonanza Weekend, June 7-9: Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • USA - Mississippi - Mississippi River Nature Weekend

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    August 23-25 2019 - Tara’s Mississippi River Nature Weekend is an exciting family festival for the outdoor adventurist, both young and seasoned. Whether you’re enjoying Tara’s new Self-Guided Nature Trails by foot or pedal, there’s always an outdoor adventure that awaits you. Relax around the Tara Lodge or enjoy Guided Birding Tours led by outdoor enthusiast as they interpret nature’s sights and sounds.
  • USA - New Mexico - Festival of the Cranes

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    Join us November 20th - 23rd 2019 for the 32nd annual Festival of the Cranes!
  • USA - New York - Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

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    June 2019 The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration is a 3-day birding festival held at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smith’s, NY every June. Friday includes 2 options for day-long birding workshops across the Adirondack region. Saturday and Sunday mornings offer 5+ options of locations near the VIC for a full morning of birding. Saturday all day includes a family-friendly bird festival at the VIC, with face painting, activities, naturalist programs, and more, finishing with a presentation from a Guest speaker.
  • USA - North Dakota - Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival

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    10 Jun 2015 — 14 Jun 2015 - Four days of amazing birdwatching at the best places for birding in the Missouri Coteau. Observe the American white pelicans at Chase Lake National Refuge, dancing sharp-tailed grouse at Arrowwood and grassland birds near Lake Juanita. Wonderfully informative and entertaining seminars offer new insights on bird identification among other topics.
  • USA - Oklahoma - Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival

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    The 2019 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival will be held April 10-17, 2019
  • USA - Oregon - Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

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    The 2019 Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival will be held May 30 - June 2.
  • USA - Oregon - Mountain Bird Festival

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    The award winning Mountain Bird Festival celebrates the natural wonders of southern Oregon and northern California. The Mountain Bird Festival is hosted by Klamath Bird Observatory and held in Ashland, Oregon.
  • USA - Oregon - The Biggest Week in American Birding

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    May 8-17 2020
  • USA - Oregon - Tualatin River Bird Festival

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    Tualatin River Bird Festival -- MAY 16, 2020
  • USA - Oregon - Winter Wings Festival

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    Save the dates Feb. 13-16 for the 2020 Winter Wings Festival.
  • USA - Pennsylvania - Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle

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    2019 Festival of the Birds MAY 10, 11 AND 12, 2019
  • USA - South Dakota - South Dakota Birding Festival at Fort Randall

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    We are not scheduling the South Dakota Birding Festival at Ft Randall. We are thankful for seven good years. Loss of staff and the resulting additional workload have made it difficult to plan for the festival. We may be able to hold it again in the future.
  • USA - Texas - Balcones Songbird Festival

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    April 26-28, 2019 April - The Balcones Songbird Festival is committed to providing small group focus tours, with leaders of distinction that will provide you with a quality and fun-filled experience. This leads to sell-out tours very quickly, so please plan accordingly. Looking forward to seeing you at the Refuge!
  • USA - Texas - Galveston FeatherFest & Nature PhotoFest

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    April 11-14 2019 Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. The island has a rich variety of natural habitats within its 32 miles. The beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds, and bays are home to many common year-round bird species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year. The area is truly one of the best places in the country to bird because the Texas coast is on the Central Flyway, a broad, hourglass-shaped migratory flight path that extends from Alaska to South America. More than three hundred species of birds stop here on their way south or north, and the best months to see them are March and April.
  • USA - Texas - Whooping Crane Festival

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    The 2019 Whooping Crane Festival was a Success! Make plans to join us next year February 20-23, 2020 This festival is a one of a kind event, focused on the Whooping Crane-the rarest of cranes and one of the most endangered birds in the world. The festival is open to birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities.
  • USA - Texas - Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival

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    Seems not to be running currently
  • USA - Utah - Delta Snow Goose Festival

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    Early each spring, thousands of Snow Geese begin their 3,000 mile voyage home to Canada's northwest territories. Starting from where they winter in Southern California & Mexico, these travelers navigate their way home with amazing precision and faithfulness.
  • USA - Utah - Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

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    21st Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival May 16-19, 2019
  • USA - Virginia - Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival

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    Last festival seems to have been 2017
  • USA - Washington - Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

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    May 3-5, 2019 Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hoquiam Washington
  • USA - Washington - Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest

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    May 2020 Celebrate the return of migratory birds in the midst of peak wildflower season while enjoying field trips, events and free family activities for all ages and abilities in Leavenworth, Washington and throughout the Wenatchee River valley!
  • USA - Washington - Olympic Peninsula BirdFest

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    ave the date April 17-19 2020! Online registration starts January 1, 2020
  • USA - Washington - Puget Sound Bird Fest

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    SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2019 Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. It is listed as one of Seattle's best events on events12.com, the web site of events currently over 12 months in major cities.
  • USA - Washington - Wings Over Water NW

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    Join us for our 18th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival: March 20-22, 2020
  • USA - Wisconsin - Door County Festival of Nature

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    May 23-26 2019
  • USA - Wisconsin - Northwoods Birding Festival

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    May 31 - June 1, 2019 Annual Northwoods Birding Festival - The Northwoods Birding Festival is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin.
  • USA - Wyoming - Spring into Yellowstone Birding and Wildlife Festival

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    May 2015 seems to have been the last event

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