Birding Festivals

A few days ago, I wrote a post about my trip to California to attend the Monterey Bay Birding Festival.  This morning, I thought I would google “birding festivals” to see what I could find, with the idea of looking for a birding festival to attend next year.  What I found was an overwhelming number of festivals.  Hard to decide where to go.  There are so many to choose from.

Here is a list of some of the festivals:

ABA Birding Rally in San Diego – Oct. 12-16/13

ABA Birding Rally in Plymouth, Mass. – Jan 31 to Feb. 3, 2014

ABA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas – April 22-26, 2014

Festival of the Cranes, New Mexico – November 19-24, 2013

Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival – Sept. 25-29, 2013

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival – Nov. 6-10, 2013

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – Nov. 16/17, 2013

Huron Fringe Birding Festival (MacGregor Point Provincial Park) – toward the end of May 2014

Tofino Shorebird Festival – Vancouver Island – in  May 2014

Central Valley Birding Symposium, Stockton California – Nov. 21-24, 2013

Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival – in August 2014

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival, Sierra Vista, Arizona – in May 2014 and again in July 2014

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, in central Arizona – April 24-27, 2014

Winter Wings Festival, Oregon – Feb. 13-16, 2014

Everglades Birding Festival – Jan. 16-20, 2014

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival – Jan. 22-27, 2014

To find out more about any of these festivals, just use your google search tool.  Attending a festival is a great way to travel and see interesting localities.  You don’t have to be an “experienced” birder to enjoy a festival.  New and inexperienced birders are always welcomed.   Now is a good time to begin thinking about vacation and travel plans for 2014.  Perhaps a birding festival is in your future.


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