If you want to learn more about the birds in your wildlife garden, one of the best things you can do is to attend birding festivals near you to learn more about birds in their natural habitats.
One of the big things on my bucket list is to travel around the country going from birding festival to birding festival.
Combine that with another item on my bucket list: to travel around the country attending all of the native plant conferences, and I can assure you that I would be a very happy person!
Actually, to be totally living the dream, I’d love to sell my house and buy an RV and drive around the country for native plant conferences and birding festivals, like my friend Dawn Fine is doing.
Because of my dream to attend all of the birding festivals, I’m creating a new calendar of birding events to help me dream of birding bliss. It would be so much fun to spend a year traveling to each of these birding festivals.
In the meantime, I thought you’d find this list helpful to find a birding festival near you:
Great Texas Birding Classic: Held annually in April, this festival is a celebration of birdwatching in Texas and is one of the largest birding competitions in the country. Participants can compete in categories such as Big Year, Big Day, and Big Sit, and can also attend workshops, presentations, and field trips led by expert birders.
Cape May Birding Festival: This festival is held annually in May in Cape May, New Jersey and is one of the oldest and largest birding festivals in the country. The festival features guided birdwatching trips, workshops, and presentations by leading birders, as well as opportunities to see the many bird species that pass through Cape May each year.
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival: This festival is held annually in November in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and is one of the largest birding festivals in the country. Participants can attend guided birdwatching trips, presentations, and workshops, and can also explore the many birding hotspots in the Rio Grande Valley.
Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count: This festival is held annually from December 14th to January 5th and is one of the oldest citizen science projects in the country. Participants count birds in their local area and submit their data to the Audubon Society, providing valuable information about bird populations and distribution.
Oregon Shorebird Festival: This festival is held annually in September in the Pacific Northwest and is focused on the many species of shorebirds that pass through the region each year. Participants can attend guided birdwatching trips, presentations, and workshops, and can also explore the many birding hotspots along the Oregon coast.
Great Backyard Bird Count: This festival is held annually in February and is a global event that encourages people to count birds in their own backyards. Participants can submit their data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, providing valuable information about bird populations and distribution.
These birding festivals provide a great opportunity for birders of all levels to learn, explore, and connect with other bird enthusiasts. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’re sure to have a great time and gain new insights into the world of birds.
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