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Bird Festivals for Everyone

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by Laura Erickson
 

Rewarding experiences for birders of all levels

“I never thought I could see so many birds in one day!” “I learned so much from the field trip leaders!” “This was the best weekend ever!”

Local birding festivals help beginning birders master the basics of bird identification, learn what birds are found in various local habitats and where the local hotspots are, get tips about choosing and using binoculars and spotting scopes, and meet other birders of all experience levels. Local festivals provide more experienced birders with opportunities to share their expertise, pick up new tricks, and connect with the birding community.

Heading farther afield, attending birding festivals can maximize the number of species seen per dollar spent, since guides know the area and the birds so well. From Alaska to Florida, Maine to California, Mexico to Canada, birding festivals are a great way to explore new areas with knowledgeable guides and friendly participants.

ttending birding festivals is usually good for birds as well as the birders who enjoy them. By supporting the economy of areas with good habitat, we give local businesses and individuals a financial incentive for protecting wild birds and their habitats. The following birding festivals coming up in 2009 and 2010 supported the publication of this issue of BirdScope.

These are archived listings. For details on future events, please see our Upcoming Bird Festivals and Events page.

Upcoming Bird Festivals

Sponsored listings

2009

May 7–10, 2009

17th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Homer, Alaska 907-235-7740, 907-235-8766 (fax) Christina Whiting, shorebirdster@gmail.com www.homeralaska.org/shorebird.htm

May 14–17, 2009

Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival Cortez, Colorado 970-565-1151 info@cortezcultural center.org www.utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com

May 14–18, 2009

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Farmington, Utah 801-451-3286, 801-451-3281 (fax) www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com

May 15–16, 2009

Fifth Annual Birding Festival North Lakeland Discovery Center Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin 877-543-2085 register@discoverycenter.net www.discoverycenter.net/events.htm

May 15–17, 2009

Tawas Point Birding Festival East Tawas, Michigan 517-886-9144 Wendy Tatar programcoordinator@michiganaudubon.org www.tawasbirdfest.com

May 22–25, 2009

Down East Spring Birding Festival Trescott, Maine 207-733-2233, birdfest@thecclc.org www.downeastbirdfest.org

June 4–7, 2009

Roger Tory Peterson Birding Festival Jamestown, New York 800-758-6841 Jim Berry, jberry@rtpi.org www.rtpi.org

June 5–7, 2009

Wings Over the Big Sky Great Falls, Montana 406-443-3949 Loreene Reid, lreid@mtaudubon.org www.mtaudubon.org

Great Adirondack Birding Festival Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) Paul Smiths, New York 518-327-3376, Martha Van der Voort www.adkvic.org

June 7–8, 2009

Sussex Co. Birding & Nature Festival Sussex County, New Jersey 973-579-0500 Donna M. Traylor, dtraylor@sussex.nj.us www.sussex.nj.us

June 12–14, 2009

Acadia Birding Festival Mount Desert Island/Bar Harbor/Southwest Harbor, Maine Michael J. Good, 207-288-8128 www.AcadiaBirdingFestival.com

August 5–9, 2009

18th Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival Sierra Vista, Arizona 520-678-8237, info@swwings.org www.swwings.org

August 28–30, 2009

Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah Downtown Henderson, Minnesota 507-248-3824 Dolores Hagen, dhagen@closingthe gap.com www.hendersonmn.com/HHH/index.php

September 11–13, 2009

Hawk Weekend Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Duluth, Minnesota 218-428-6209 mail@hawkridge.org www.hawkridge.org

September 17–20, 2009

Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival Cape Charles, Virginia 757-787-2460 www.esvachamber.org/festivals/birding

Hummer/Bird Celebration Rockport, Texas 800-826-6441 Janie Ellis, tourism@1rockport.org www.rockporthummingbird.com

Midwest Birding Symposium Lakeside, Ohio 888-896-6927, 740-373-8443 (fax) mbsinfo@birdwatchersdigest.com www.midwestbirding.org

September 24­–27, 2009

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Watsonville, California 831-724-3900 montereybaybirding@hotmail.com www.montereybaybirding.org

October 15–18, 2009

The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest Baldwin and Mobile Counties, Alabama 251-621-1902 Fran Morley, 251-928-0987 franmorley@mac.com www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

October 18–24, 2009

“Ding” Darling Days J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Sanibel Island, Florida 239-472-1100 www.dingdarlingdays.com

November 6–8, 2009

Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival Lodi, California 800-581-6150 info@cranefestival.com www.cranefestival.com

November 17–22, 2009

Festival of the Cranes Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro, New Mexico 575-835-2077, friends@sdc.org www.festivalofthecranes.com

November 21–22, 2009

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Mission, British Columbia, Canada 604-826-7361 Jo-Anne Chadwick info@fraserriversafari.com www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca

2010

January 2010

Mazatlan Bird Festival Mazatlan, Mexico 011 52 (669) 940-8687 Carolyn Felderhof carolyn@mazatlanbirdfestival.com www.mazatlanbirdfestival.com

January 13–17, 2010

Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival Willcox, Arizona 800-200-2272 Connie Bonner chamberacct@vtc.net www.wingsoverwillcox.com

January 27–February 1, 2010

13th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Titusville, Florida 321-368-5224, 321-268-0921 (fax) Neta Harris neta@natureandspace.com www.nbbd.com/fly

February 5–7, 2010

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend Gloucester, Massachusetts 978-283-1601, 978-283-4740 (fax) Judy Caulkett judy@capeannchamber.com www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend

February 27, 2010

SW Florida 8th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival Cape Coral, Florida Katie Locklin, 239-549-4606 Pascha Donaldson, 239-980-2593 ed.pascha@att.net www.ccfriendsofwildlife.org

March 5–7, 2010

International Festival of Owls Houston, Minnesota 507-896-HOOT (4668) info@festivalofowls.com www.festivalofowls.com

March 3–7, 2010

San Diego Bird Festival San Diego Audubon Society San Diego, CA 92110 619-682-7200 David Kimball, birdfest@cox.net Karen Straus, kstraus@san.rr.com www.sandiegoaudubon.org

April 2–4, 2010

Olympic Birdfest Sequim, Washington Audrey Gift, agift@q.com, 360-681-2989 www.olympicbirdfest.org

April 15–18, 2010

Hawk Migration Association of North America Conference Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Duluth, Minnesota 218-348-2291 Julie O’Connor, joconnor@hawkridge.org www.hawkridge.org

April 16–21, 2010

Lek Treks & More: The Woodward Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival Woodward, Oklahoma 918-809-6325 John Kennington johnkennington@gmail.com www.okaudubon.org

April 17, 2010

Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival Blaine, Washington 800-624-3555 Debbie Harger, dharger@cityofblaine.com www.blainechamber.com

April 22–25, 2010

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival Barbie Hart, 928-282-2202 bhart@azstateparks.gov www.birdyverde.org

April 25–May 2, 2010

Great Texas Birding Classic 600 miles of Texas Coast 979-480-0999 Carol Jones, cjones@gcbo.org www.birdingclassic.org

April 26–May 1, 2010

New River Birding and Nature Festival Fayetteville and New River Gorge, West Virginia 304-574-4258 www.birding-wv.com

May 6–9, 2010

18th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Homer, Alaska 907-235-7740, 907-235-8766 (fax) Christina Whiting, shorebirdster@gmail.com www.homeralaska.org/shorebird.htm

May 12–16, 2010

Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival Cortez, Colorado 970-565-1151 info@cortezculturalcenter.org www.utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com

May 13–17, 2010

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Farmington, Utah 801-451-3286, 801-451-3281 (fax) www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com

May 14–15, 2010

Sixth Annual Birding Festival North Lakeland Discovery Center Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin 877-543-2085 register@discoverycenter.net www.discoverycenter.net/events.htm

May 14–16, 2010

Tawas Point Birding Festival East Tawas, Michigan 517-886-9144 Wendy Tatar programcoordinator@michiganaudubon.org www.tawasbirdfest.com

May 15, 2010

Kirtland’s Warbler Festival Roscommon, Michigan 989-275-5000 ext. 242 http://warbler.kirtland.edu

May 28–31, 2010

Down East Spring Birding Festival Trescott, Maine 207-733-2233, birdfest@thecclc.org www.downeastbirdfest.org

June 4–6, 2010

Great Adirondack Birding Festival Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) Paul Smiths, New York 518-327-3376, Martha Vander Voort www.adkvic.org

June 10–13, 2010

Acadia Birding Festival, Mount Desert Island/Bar Harbor/Southwest Harbor, Maine Michael J. Good, 207-288-8128 www.AcadiaBirdingFestival.com

August 4–8, 2010

19th Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival Sierra Vista, Arizona 520-678-8237, info@swwings.org www.swwings.org

October 14–17, 2010

The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest Baldwin and Mobile Counties, Alabama 251-621-1902 Fran Morley, 251-928-0987 franmorley@mac.com www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

November 5–7, 2010

Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival Lodi, California 800-581-6150 info@cranefestival.com www.cranefestival.com

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