Birding & Nature Festival Directory

People Birding The Biggest Week 2015 - © Laura Kammermeier

People birding The Biggest Week in American Birding, a festival in northwest Ohio that is famous for showcasing an influx of neotropical migrants each spring.  © Laura Kammermeier

Every season and in all corners of the world, birders come to together at festivals to celebrate birds as they migrate, breed, or simply preen and feed in wonderful places. Festivals offer education, companionship, insider tours of unique habitats, and a good excuse to travel for nature.

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SEPUSAMassachusettsCape Cod Bird FestivalCome explore Massachusetts bird life and marvel at the distinctive "Cape Cod" flavor during fall migration. The Cape Cod Bird Festival is centered at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, MA.
MayUSAErie, PAFestival of the Birds at Presque Isle Uncrowded, fun and BIRDY festival at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. Wide variety of habitat and species. Desirable migrants!
APRUSATexasBalcones Songbird FestivalThe Balconess Songbird Festival is a celebration of nature to experience birds, butterflies and wildflowers. These popular tours have brought over 1,000 participants out to see the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Registration opens in February. Located 30 miles NW of Austin.
MARUSAFloridaBig "O" Birding FestivalExplore with Us! Big '€œO'€ includes: Keynotes, Classroom Presentations, Workshops, Field & Boat trips with top birding talent plus plus other local talent.
FEBUSAUtahDelta Snow Goose FestivalDelta, Utah is privileged to be along the annual migration route of the Lesser Snow Geese on their long journey home to Canada's Northwest Territories. Starting in early February, Snow Geese stop by to rest, pick up snacks, and ready themselves for the rest of their long journey home. We'd like to invite bird lovers to come and enjoy the sites, sounds, and fun.
MAYCanadaOntarioPoint Pelee Festival of BirdsAn exciting festival located near famous migration hotspot Point Pelee National Park.
NOVUSATexasRio Grande Valley Birding FestivalThe Rio Grande Valley is a delta where the Rio Grande meets the sea. It has the single greatest concentration of unique, endemic avian species in the continental U.S., including eye-popping subtropical species. All day and half-day field trips by famous birders for beginner to advanced. A variety of field trips, including by boat and designed with minimal walking. Seminars, workshops, trade show, author signings, family programs, souvenir sales. Contact 209-227-4823, [email protected]
MAYUSAOhioEast Central Ohio District Birding WeekendSalt Fork State Park and Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center are proud to host the annual East Central Ohio (E.C.O.D.) Activities include: Guided Birding Hikes, Birding 101 for beginners, Birding by Ear, Birding by Kayak or Canoe, speakers, giveaways, and other events TBA. Guided birding hikes cover a variety of habitats, and are free/open to the public.
APRCanadaLa Riviere, ManitobaLa Riviere Raptor Festival
Come watch the spring migration of raptors in Manitoba's scenic Pembina Valley. Here's your opportunity to meet live raptors with educators from Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. Get up close and personal with them; look them in the eye! In addition to other educational displays is the ever-popular Raptor Festival Photo Contest. Enter your best photos of birds, raptors and non-raptors, for a chance to win some exciting prizes and show off your photography skills. There will be kids activities, art raffle, food concession, door prizes, draws and more.
OCTUSAWashingtonWashington BirdFestRidgefield's Birdfest Nature Festival. Just a short drive up I-5 from Portland, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for birds that make this their winter home. Birdfest is a celebration of the fall migration and an opportunity to experience wildlife of the region and local history firsthand, all set against the backdrop of Ridgefield's small-town charm.
MAYUSAWisconsinDoor County Festival of NatureThe Door County Festival of Nature is an opportunity to learn more about wildflowers, geology, birds and insects of Wisconsin through field trips and hands-on programs. Field trip leaders will guide you through some of the most pristine and unique natural areas in the county, some of which are not typically open to the public. Baileys Harbor is a Bird City Wisconsin.
FEBUSACaliforniaSan Francisco Bay Flyway FestivalCelebrate the migration of over 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and other birds that visit San Francisco Bay every year. The Wildlife Expo and most outings are free and there is no preregistration required.
FEBUSATexasSparrowFestThe ever-popular Sparrow Workshop returns to Balcones Canyonlands!
MAYUSAColoradoUte Mountain Mesa Verde Birding FestivalTours, lectures, banquet, silent auction and art show all set in the archaeological hotspot of the Four Corners. Small, personalized tours led by birding experts.
JANUSAArizonaWings Over WillcoxA celebration of Arizona's Mecca for wintering Sandhill Cranes and Raptors.
MAYUSAMaineAcadia Birding FestivalExperience the birding wonders of Maine, from boreal to ocean -- warblers, puffins, boreal rarities, and more. We offer field trips, pelagic trips, paddling adventures, workshops, social gatherings, and evening presentations. Join celebrity birders on these adventures around Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and beyond. By land or by sea, we'll find some exciting birds for you to see.
JUNUSALake Pleasant, NYAdirondack Boreal Birding FestivalJoin us for a festival celebrating the Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks. This 3-day event features hikes, canoe trips, walks, safaris, outings and seminars throughout the county. All field trips are free, but registration is required for each outdoor event.
MAYBrazilSao PaoloBrazilian Bird FairAvistarBrasil is a bird celebration in S‹ao Paulo Brazil, and takes place every 3rd weekend in May in a nice urban park in S‹ao Paulo. Avistar includes Avisar Congress as well as the Brazilian Bird Fair. The main focus is to spread out the birding culture among Brazilian people and raise awareness of nature and bird conservation. There are short field trips and several post festival options for attendees. Our event attracts international speakers.
FEBUSAFloridaLake Apopka Wildlife Festival & BirdapaloozaHosted on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, with well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. A full-day trip and two half-day trips led by well-known local birding guides are offered.
JUNUSACaliforniaMono Basin Bird ChautauquaThis celebrated event is among the best of the nature festivals blending science, art, music, and great food into one 3-day event; workshops, field trips and auditorium presentations. Subjects offered include birds, flowers and plants, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, geology, nature awareness, photography, storytelling, art, and kids' events. Not your ordinary bird festival!
AUGUSAEnglandBritish BirdfairThe British Bird Fair, which takes places near Rutland Waters Preserve north of London, is the first and largest birdfair in the world. More than 20,000 keen bird watchers attend the fair to shop for birding gear, optics, and tours and to visit with old friends. Speakers and bird programs offered all day.
OCTUSAWest VirginiaNew River Fall Birding WeekendNew River Birding & Nature Center's exclusive Fall Birding Weekend is limited to a small number of guests. This up-close, hands-on, small-group weekend offers a unique opportunity to enhance your birding skills in raptor and fall warbler identification and cultivate new friendships. Go to for full details.
JUNUSANorth DakotaPotholes & Prairie Birding FestivalFour days on a prairie wild with wetlands and wavy, open meadows. Here is your chance to visit some of the world's most remote birding hotspots. 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. Don't miss the next Pothole & Prairie Birding Festival!
MARSpainMonfrague National ParkExtremadura Birdwatching FairThe Extremadura Birdwatching Fair is a meeting point for professionals in the tourism sector, manufacturers and suppliers of optical devices and other equipment and accessories, mainly related to birdwatching but also to other outdoor activities. Professionals and amateurs interested in ornithology and birdwatching. Monfrague National Park has the biggest breeding colony of Monk Vulture or Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), the worldwide biggest concentration of Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) and one of the biggest colonies of Black Storks (Ciconia nigra). It is considered as the main refuge of the European Mediterranean fauna.
MARUSAWashingtonWings Over Water NW Birding FestivalParticipants in Wings Over Water NW will observe and learn about a variety of migratory birds found along the many miles of shoreline in Blaine, WA. Enjoy guided tours, expert speakers, workshops, live raptor displays, arts & crafts, kid's birdhouse building & free prize drawings.
NOVUSAVirginia, Del Marva PeninsulaDelmarva Nature and Wildlife Photo SummitThe Delmarva Peninsula is a wildlife and nature photographer's paradise. This three-day conference presents full days of creative and professional education providing an exciting line up of workshops, comprehensive field sessions, photo tours, portfolio critiques, and social and networking opportunities.
FEBUSACaliforniaGalt Winter Bird FestivalThe Winter Bird steering committee and volunteers hope that you will find this festival to be an exciting and educational opportunity to celebrate the Winter Birds and habitat we all call home. Free admission, local food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, free children's activities, tours to various local preserves including specialty tours, wild animal presentation, and guest speakers.
FEBSouth AmericaColombiaColombia BirdFair
Colombia Bird Fair pays homage to birds as symbols of peace and conservation and as a bridge of brotherhood and fraternity among peoples. International speakers, daily field trips, and a birders bazaar!
MAYCanadaOrillian, ONCarden Nature FestivalThe Carden Nature Festival features a variety of field trips, workshops, and presentations, all lead by expert guides. Birding, alvar plants, reptiles, insects, night skies, and more. The festival also showcases the uncommon beauty of the Carden Plain, an expanse of limestone plains, known as an alvar -- a globally-rare landform which is also an Important Birding Area.
NOVUSACaliforniaCentral Valley Birding SymposiumJudged by many as one of the premier birding events in the West, the CVBS is hosted by the Central Valley Bird Club. We have well-known speakers, multiple field trips, artists' displays, vendors and birders. The number of participants usually reaches near-capacity so plan to register early if you want to attend.
OCTUSAFloridaDing Darling DaysLocated in the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the festival starts off with Family Fun Day on Sunday, with a week of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and more. The Endangered Species and Wildlife Parade will highlight the day, Birding, boating, and kayaking tours fill the week with environmental activities for all ages.
MAYUSAWisconsinNorthwoods Birding FestivalCelebrate the peak of spring bird migration and learn about birds through workshops, hikes, paddles and field trips. Including a reception and presentation with various events including field outings which highlight a number of birding hotspots, as well as a keynote presentation.
MAYUSAMaineDowneast Spring Birding FestivalDowneast Spring Birding Festival Memorial Day Weekend. Hikes, boat tours (puffin trip to Machias Seal Island), presentations @ Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Quoddy Head State Park, & others. See Atlantic Puffins, Bald Eagles, nesting waterfowl & much more during spring migration & breeding season. For advanced, intermediate, & beginning birders.
JANUSAFloridaEverglades Birding FestivalExplore South Florida hotspots for Snail Kite, Limpkin, Short-tailed Hawk, Painted Bunting and up to 160 species. Trips to Everglades N.P., Corkscrew, Keys, STA 5, South Dade and more. Daily mini-workshops, applied in the field, help birders gain information and skills. Top Guides offer small group, full day field trips with transportation, lunch and hand outs.
OCTUSAFloridaBird Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenVisit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the weekend's events which will include lectures, expert-led bird walks, vendors offering bird-attracting plants, kids activities and more. Off-site birding field trips and presentations.
NOVMexicoMerinda, MexicoYucatan Bird Festival "Toh" and BirdathonEvery year, from April to November, the Festival hosts many activities related to the incredible bird diversity of Yucatan, like birdwatching tours, photo and drawing contest, conferences, workshops, etc.

​The pinnacle of the festival, the bird-a-thon xoc ch'ich' (“bird count”) occurs in November.
DECSpainExtremaduraCommon Crane Festival in ExtremaduraThey have flown 4,000 kilometers to get to Extremadura and birds here are going to celebrate it. Extremadura is the main wintering area for those European Common Cranes that follow the westerly migration route. Some 80,000 individuals choose our region to spend the winter, 30-40% of the Western European population and more than half of the Spanish population, estimated at slightly more than 150,000 Common Cranes.
NOVUSANew MexicoFestival of the Cranes Festival of the Cranes is considered one of the premiere birding and photography festivals in the country. 158 event sessions in six days at one of the best wildlife refuges in the country, Bosque del Apache NWR.
MAYSpainSpainExtremadura Birdwatching Festival (Spain)The Extremadura Birdwatching Fair takes place in one of the most popular bird watching regions in Europe, and is headquartered at Monfrague National Park. Thanks to the massive concentration of birds in MonfraguŸe, birds here can be spotted very easily. The festival features field trips, presentations by expert ornithologists and naturalists, and more.
MAYUSATexasBirdFest TexomaBirding & nature festival North Texas style! Featuring birding's top talent. Free shows by The Raptor Project. Field trips, talks, wine-tasting, children's activities and more! Based at Hagerman NWR, one hour north of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, on Lake Texoma.
MAYCanadaOntarioHuron Fringe Birding FestivalMacGregor Point Provincial Park is located at the base of Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, a natural migration corridor. The Bruce is known for diverse and unique botany, landforms and shoreline habitats and provides an ideal backdrop for our birding festival. Guided hikes, tours, workshops & evening presentations are designed for both novice and experienced birders. Local experts are your guides.
APRUSATexasFeatherFestExperience birding and nature photography at its best during FeatherFest each April. Unique outdoor adventures amid some 200 species of birds are in store at Regional experts lead trips to beach, bay, Bolivar Flats, High Island & more! Experience area charm, history and hospitality.
DECUSATexasBreakfast with the CranesFun, interactive workshops that will teach you to recognize juveniles and subspecies, distinguish between dancing and aggression, and discover the many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate Sandhill Cranes. Following the presentation, participants will visit pre-scouted crane hotspots where expert birders will be on hand to answer questions.
APRUSACaliforniaGodwit Days Spring Migration Bird FestivalExtraordinary birding awaits you at the Annual Godwit Days, held two days each April (with pre- and post-festival events that extend the core dates to six days). The program consists of over 100 field trips, workshops, lectures, boat trips, a banquet, and social events.
APRUSAIdahoDubois Grouse DaysThe small town of Dubois lies in the heart of the high sagebrush desert in Eastern Idaho. This area contains some of the best Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in Idaho. Every spring, Sage Grouse congregate on traditional breeding sites (leks). Males attract females with an incredible display. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view and photograph this amazing courtship ritual!
MAYUSAAlaskaKachemak Bay Shorebird FestivalAlaska will experience a special celebration of spring when the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, the state's largest wildlife festival, kicks off in early May. Festival participants can choose between over 50 different events, from advanced ornithology workshops, beginning backyard birding presentations, field trips and boat tours to arts events and children's activities.
MAYUSAAlaskaKenai Birding FestivalA birding MUST! The Kenai Birding Festival is full of activities designed for birders of all levels, including young birders. Local and national birding experts will be on-hand. Guided birding tours, films, lectures, field trips. This 3-day event showcases the beautiful state parks, fantastic wildlife refuge and pristine beaches that draw thousands of birds to the Kenai Peninsula each year.
MAYUSAWashingtonLeavenworth Spring Bird FestJoin us for a unique celebration on the east slopes of the Cascades in WA state. Explore spectacular habitats ranging from sunny Ponderosa pine forests to flower-covered hillsides to lush shorelines. Enjoy birding by foot, boat, bicycle, van or wheelchair, led by expert guides. Activities also include workshops, concerts, and art shows. Fun for experienced and novice birders of all ages.
APRUSAOklahomaLek Treks & More: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken FestivalJoin Oklahoma Audubon Council in northwest Oklahoma for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival, where this enigmatic species will be viewed from blinds or vans. The festival offers a trip to view Greater Prairie-Chickens at northwest Oklahoma's Tallgrass Prairie.
SEPTUSACaliforniaMonterey Bay Birding FestivalThe Monterey Bay Birding Festival is home to one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America. From soaring Golden Eagles to effortlessly gliding California Condors, cheeky Bushtits to gorgeous Townsend's Warblers, flocks of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters, few places can match the diversity of habitats of the Monterey Bay region.
APRUSALouisianaGreat Louisiana BirdFestBird watchers travel from all corners of the U.S. and from other countries attend The Great Louisiana BirdFest each year to take advantage of what they consider to be one of the premier birding events in the country. Even if you are a novice birder, you should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity in your own backyard.
MARUSAWashingtonOlympic Peninsula BirdFestA bird watching vacation for beginners to experts, from leisurely strolls to active hikes. Bird for a few hours, or all day -- from the dawn chorus to the evening owl prowl. Enjoy the show from guided birding trips, boat tours, an auction & raffle, banquet, totem tour, and many other events. Our festival has a full slate of extraordinary offerings awaiting
FEBUSACaliforniaSan Diego Bird FestivalHeadquartered just steps from San Diego's famous "Mile of Birds" river estuary near the scenic Mission Bay, the San Diego Festival includes field trips, pelagic trips, workshops, Birding & Optics EXPO, and a Big Sit.
MAYUSAArizonaSanta Cruz Nature & Heritage FestivalThis annual event held in Santa Cruz County, AZ blends the history, culture and natural beauty of Santa Cruz and its neighbor Sonora, Mexico. Participants gain knowledge of indigenous and migratory species with choices of birding tours in Santa Cruz or Mexico locations. Visit the gardening workshop to learn how to grow plants that will attract hummingbird and butterflies to your home garden! Visit the website for information on event scheduling!
MAYUSASouth DakotaSouth Dakota Birding Festival at Fort RandallJoin us for a weekend of fine birding along the Missouri River in south-central South Dakota. There will be speakers, evening programs, workshops, children's activities, and guided field trips to the area's two National Wildlife Refuges: Lake NWR and Karl E. Mundt NWR. The Mundt Refuge is usually closed to the public for protection of the Bald Eagle, but will be open for one of our field trips.
APRUSAWashingtonGrays Harbor Shorebirds FestivalGrays Harbor is a major stopover site for shorebirds migrating up the Pacific coast to their summer breeding grounds. For some, this is the last refueling stop before they reach the tundra. Here, 30+ species are observed, numbering in the tens of thousands of individuals. Many raptors and other coastal birds are abundant. Photography opportunities abound. Events include guided field trips to rocky headlands, sandy beaches and our rainforest, the beautiful coast of Washington awaits you!
JANUSACalfiorniaSnow Goose Festival of the Pacific FlywayThe Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway in Chico, California proudly offers birders, nature enthusiasts and families a unique blend of opportunities to learn about and experience the Pacific Flyway's wintering waterfowl and wildlife with over 65 events and activities to choose from. We offer Field Trips for all ages and abilities. Our educational and entertaining workshops and presentations offer something for everyone. Bring the family and enjoy exhibits and a variety of free activities.
OCTUSALouisianaYellow Rails and Rice FestivalThe festival is based in the heart of the Cajun Country in Louisiana's SW prairie region, known for great birding, local cuisine, and rich history and culture. Participants will enjoy a unique venue to view Yellow Rails that brings birders and farmers together to value the birds of the area's wetlands. The festival schedule is casual, and participants can attend all field days (weather permitting) or come and go at their leisure. Leaders/facilitators are positioned at field sites and help participants spot birds as well as answer questions. In addition to visiting rice fields, participants can explore nearby birding areas, join trips to local points of interest, or venture farther afield to search for specialty birds in other Louisiana habitats, such as the pineywoods or Cameron Parish coast. Open reception and banding workshop. Visit the YRARF Events Schedule page to see this year's activities and find links for additional information.
JANUSAFloridaSpace Coast Birding and Wildlife FestivalThe Birding & Wildlife Festival is held at Eastern Florida State College -€“ Titusville Campus. This premier event offers opportunities 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. Named a Top 20 Festival by SE Tourism Society.
APRUSAFloridaTreasure Coast Birding Mini Festival & Bird Art ShowThe Cultural Council of Indian River County & the Pelican Island Audubon Society are partnering on this mini festival with an Owl Hoot, Sunset Wine and Bird pontoon ride to Pelican Island, Blue Cypress tour on Saturday, Ranch tour, Fl. Scrub Jay tour and canoe to a rookery on the Indian River. Lectures Saturday afternoon.
AUGUSAArizonaTucson Bird & Wildlife FestivalImmerse yourself in the unique biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands during southeast Arizona's lush Second Spring. Featuring guided field trips to famous hotspots like Madera Canyon, California Gulch, Mt. Lemmon. Renowned experts will help you find and identify regional specialties, a variety of migrants, and a dazzling array of hummingbirds plus herps, mammals, butterflies, and more. Enjoy informative natural history programs and workshops and a vendor expo at the Riverpark Inn.
MAYUSAMinnesotaDetroit Lakes Festival of BirdsThe annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds is held in a transition zone of tallgrass prairie, hardwood and conifer forests, which records nearly 200 birds annually. Presenters, workshops, vendors. Online program/registration.
FEBUSATexasWhooping Crane FestivalThe Whooping Crane Festival is a celebration of the return of the endangered Whooping Cranes to their winter home on the Texas Gulf Coast.
JANUSAArizonaWings Over WillcoxHeld in Sierra Vista, tours include views of more than 25,000 Sandhill Cranes€“ up close and personal, southwest mountain birds, wildlife photography, and beginning birdwatching.
APRUSATexasWings over the HillsThe last weekend of April marks the annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival held in the beautiful Texas Hill Country of Fredericksburg, Texas. "A Celebration of Natural Flight," the festival is an opportunity for the whole family to experience the abundance of regional winged wildlife including birds, bats, butterflies and dragonflies. The program features many educational presentations by noted nature specialists, an activity area just for kids, guided field trips on the park's nature trail and tours of the area. Visitors can enjoy the festival trade show featuring the best products geared to birding, nature and outdoor activities. Springtime is also one of the best times to visit the Texas Hill Country and the wildflower trails.
FEBUSAOregonWinter Wings FestivalWinter Wings Festival is one of the longest-running bird festivals in the nation. Explore the Klamath Basin, a major stop on the Pacific Flyway and host to the largest congregation of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48. Keynote presentations, Guided field trips, workshops, free family activities.
MAYUSAAlaskaYakutat Tern FestivalThe Yakutat Tern Festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, Alaska. Yakutat boasts one of the largest and southernmost known colonies of Aleutian Terns. Events include art exhibits and workshops, youth activities, field trips, cultural activities, and evening dinners and other events. Activities are offered for all ages and birders and non-birders alike.
MARUSAMaryland13th Annual Eagle Festival at Blackwater National Wildlife RefugeJoin the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge as they celebrate birds of prey with live raptor programs, children'€™s activities including a kids'€™ archery range, exhibits, Eagle Prowls and more. Free for the whole family!
NOVEurope/PortugalAzores Island ChainAzores Birdwatching Arts FestivalIn the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there are 9 islands, sanctuary for sea and land birds. Now there is a festival dedicated to birders and culture avids. From arts to birdwatching events, talks and more, it is a great excuse to visit these paradise islands. Event in Pico island runs in English and Portuguese.
JANUSA - FloridaLake ApopkaLake Apopka Bird and Wildlife FestivalAdd to your life list while exploring a unique birding area. The Festival is only 35–45 minutes from Orlando attractions.
FEBUSA - OregonKlamath Falls Winter Wings FestivalWinter Wings brings together birders and photographers of all stripes to learn and explore with top notch professionals and enthusiastic local guides. The Klamath Basis is renowned for its winter raptors and its stunning abundance and diversity of waterfowl.
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