Upcoming Events

26th Annual Wings Over Willcox

Dates: Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019
Location: Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart Street, Willcox, Arizona

From the rugged peaks of the Dos Cabezas and Chiricahua Mountains to the Dragoon Mountains, stretches the Sulphur Springs Valley, home to a great variety of plant and animal life. This bio-diverse area from grasslands to sky islands is home to a unique mix of flora and fauna and nearly 500 avian species. The Magic Circle of Cochise, which begins and ends in Willcox, offers the outdoor nature enthusiast the opportunity to visit some of the best birding and wildlife attractions in Southeastern Arizona. Guest speakers, seminars, workshops, birding tours, evening programs, the Nature Expo (vendors, activities for kids), and Southeastern Arizona cuisine and hospitality. Call 520-384-2272 or visit our website for more information.

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Lake Apopka Birding Festival

Dates: Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 21, 2019
Location: McDonald Canal Pavilion, 24600 CR 448A, Mount Dora, FL 32757

The Lake Apopka Birding Festival is perfect for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from knowledgeable birding guides. Add to your life list at an amazing birding area, the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, where 360+ species have been sighted, more than any other inland location. Four full-day trips and 16 half-day trips are offered, along with keynotes and dinners. For details and registration, call 407-637-2525 or visit our website or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lakeapopkabirdingfestival/.

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Everglades Birding Festival

Dates: Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 21, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn Express, 2540 Davie Road, Davie, Fl. 33324

Explore the Everglades ecosystem while searching for 150 plus species, such as Snail Kite, Painted Bunting, Limpkin, Short-tailed Hawk, Red-whiskered Bulbul, and more. Full day field trips to E.N.P., Corkscrew, Keys, STA 5, and South Florida Hotspots with lunch. A focus on gaining advanced birding skills with mini-workshops, small groups, and expert guides. Keynotes, Dinners and Evening Programs. Contact: Paddy Cunningham, 754-201-1141, birdpaddy@yahoo.com.

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Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

Dates: Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 21, 2019
Location: Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay, California.

Morro Bay, California, is a Globally Important Bird Area, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Flyway. Over 200 bird species have been seen during the festival weekend! Keynote speakers, field trips, bazaar, and more (TBA). Registration opens early November. Contact: 805-234-1170, registrar@morrobaybirdfestival.org.

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Wings of Winter

Dates: Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019
Location: Paris Landing State Park, 16055 US-79, Buchanan, Tennessee 38222

The festival headquarters will be in Paris Landing State Park, with field trips to Cross Creeks and Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges, Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area, Fort Donelson National Park, Kentucky Dam, and Harmon Creek Wildlife Management Area. Keynote Speakers to be announced. Workshops will include Wildlife Photography, Beginning Birding, and Journaling/Poetry Writing with Ornithology. Early bird deadline: October 31. Registration deadline: December 1. Registration Fee: $25. All-day field-trip fee $25; half-day $12. Lots of free activities, very affordable birding festival! Contact: Joan Howe, 731-642-2091 x303, Joan_Howe@fws.gov.

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20th Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway

Dates: Jan 23, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019
Location: Chico, California

This action-packed 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. Choose from over 70 field trips and workshops that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of interests. Our workshops offer something for everyone! Free nature activities are offered for youth as well as armchair adventures for all. Keynote Speaker to be announced. For more information visit our website or contact Jennifer Patten, Event Coordinator, info@snowgoosefestival.org, 530-592-9092.

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22nd Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival

Dates: Jan 23, 2019 - Jan 28, 2019
Location: Eastern Florida State College, 1311 US-1, Titusville, Florida 32796

The festival is a premier event that offers opportunities for participants to explore world-renowned natural areas of Florida’s Space Coast, home of the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in the continental United States. Field trips and outdoor workshops; offshore birding boat trip; nature-based exhibits; art show and competition; classroom presentations; and informal opportunities to meet national authorities on birds, plants, photography, optics, and technology. The festival has been named for many years as a "Top 20 Event" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. For more information, call 321-268-5224, or visit our website.

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7th Annual Laredo Birding Festival

Dates: Feb 6, 2019 - Feb 9, 2019
Location: Laredo, Texas

Come bird on the border! We invite you to join us for our 7th annual Laredo Birding Festival, as we bird Laredo hotspots along the Rio Grande and riparian creek systems, as well as thousands of acres of brush land at dozens of scenic South Texas ranches. The Laredo Birding Festival offers birders an opportunity to explore and observe hundreds of species of birds, with a professional field guide on our small and intimate custom-tailored trips, with several specialty trips not to be missed. Keynote Speaker to be announced. Registration opens in mid-August. Contact 956-718-1063, laredobirdingfestival@rgisc.org.

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The High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival

Dates: Feb 7, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019
Location: Lamar, Colorado

This one-of-a-kind festival is celebrating 17 years and is sponsored by the Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kiowa County Economic Development, and Canyons and Plains. Join avid birders and historians for this three-day festival that offers amazing field trips, engaging speakers, and informative programs. Hundreds of bird species migrate through Southeastern Colorado each year, with the migration of tens of thousands of snow geese the most breathtaking of all. Showcase your talents and highlight the beauty and culture of Southeast Colorado in the Photography Contest! Submissions will include beginner to expert images from adults and youth in the following categories: Wildlife, Landscape, Birds, Historical, and the Committee's Choice category, Raptors. Make plans now to spend a fantastic weekend in Southeast Colorado with birders from across the U.S. Event registration is free, however, field trips range from $10 to $50, depending on length and the provision of meals. Numerous programs are also offered at no charge. Stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page ("High Plains Snow Goose Festival") or visit our website: www.highplainssnowgoose.com.

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Birds of a Feather Fest

Dates: Feb 8, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019
Location: Palm Coast, Florida

With more than 125 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, miles of coastline, varied habitats and more than 200 identified species, Flagler County is a birder’s paradise. Along with such biodiversity and recreational opportunities comes something that sets our community apart: Accessibility. Few places offer as many wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature while being so connected, accessible, and clean. Our parks and trails make the perfect place to host a Birding and Nature festival. Contact: Jason Giraulo (event coordinator) at 386-986-2484 or jgiraulo@palmcoastgov.com.

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