2015 Bird Festivals

Image: Osprey with fish.  Source: Nathan Winters

Image: Osprey with fish.  Source: Nathan Winters

There is an unrivaled elegance and grace displayed by birds in flight. Nesting birds, mating season, flocks and migrations are all awesome in their own right. Come experience some of the country’s most spectacular birds in all their glory at our hand-picked best of the 2015 Bird Festival calendar!  These events give you the unique opportunity to view these exquisite creatures first hand, and you might even learn a call or two.  Enjoy!

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration:
June 5–7 Paul Smiths, New York

Join in the 13th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration; the longest running boreal birding festival in the Northeast.  The three-day event will offer a wide variety of activities designed to appeal to both experienced and beginning birders!  Activities include two all-day birding field trips, and morning field trips on the weekend to boreal birding hot spots.

17th Annual Acadia Birding Festival
June 10–13 Mount Desert Island/Bar Harbor/Southwest Harbor, Maine

There is no other birding event in Maine that offers the variety of birdwatching experiences that the Acadia Birding Festival does.  See some of Mount Desert Island’s birding hot spots!  For some birds, Mount Desert Island is a summer destination, while others pass through to breeding habitats still farther north.

Potholes & Prairie Birding:
June 10-14 Carrington, ND

Celebrate by exploring remote prairie, wetland, and meadow birding hot spots.  Enjoy four days at some of the state’s best and most remote birding spots.  Join your peers, bring your lists, and be ready for four full days of guided tours, hands-on workshops, wonderful people, distinctive culture and wild country!

Yampa Valley Crane Festival:
September 10-14 Yampa Valley, CO

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species in the Yampa Valley.  This year, the 4th annual festival will include daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more in celebration of the flock joining local birds to feed and rest as they journey south.

Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival:
July 29–August 1 Sierra Vista, Arizona

Come check out the 24th Annual Birding and Nature Festival.  Enjoy a few days of fun for the entire family including guest speakers, field trips, and free programs.

Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah:
August 15 Downtown Henderson, Minnesota

Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah, a celebration of the ruby-throated hummingbird sponsored by Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter, is a birding festival offering a variety of attractions such as: learning about the amazing little birds, attracting them, keeping them happy and much more.

October 10-11 Bellevue, Michigan

The major attraction of the festival is the spectacle of thousands of Sandhill Cranes descending on the expansive, shallow wetland in the evening.

Wings over Water Wildlife Festival:
October 20-25 Outer Banks, NC

Attend the 19th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival!  Plan your days with many talks and trips on birding, paddling, wildlife photography and natural history. Field trips will go to Pea Island and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges. All proceeds go to the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, a nonprofit group that supports national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina. 

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival :
November 5-9  Harlingen, TX

“Awesome fest. Absolutely ace. Hands down the single best bird fest experience in the states” Jen Brumfield. The festival includes field trips to Laguna Atascosa, Lower Rio Grande Valley and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges. Featured events include lectures, workshops, birding trips, boating on the Arroyo and other guided trips. Come to look for great kiskadees, green jays, Altamira orioles and chachalacas. 

Festival of the Cranes:
November 17-22 Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM

Enjoy skies full of sandhill cranes and snow geese at this world-famous birding festival. Enjoy tours, talks, workshops, field trips, dusk fly-ins and dawn fly-outs.

For even more on where to engage with your favoriate species, please visit our friends at Cornell Labs, for their All About Birds festival map


Image: Sandhill Crane, Bosque, NM Source: Erni