Fall Birding Events

178522633Here are some great fall birding events between now and the end of the year.  So grab your trusty binoculars, your field book and some warm clothing and get birding!

Birding Festivals 2013

Credit: Larry Hitchens

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD, hosts an Eagle Festival on March 9, 2013

For a jaw-dropping natural spectacle, it’s hard to beat a bird festival. National wildlife refuges make great bird festival locales because they’re bird magnets; many protect important bird habitat along the country’s major fly routes. To see great masses of birds, look for festivals that coincide with spring or fall migration. Here are some major refuge-centered festivals scheduled for 2013, in the order they will occur.

Here are some major refuge-centered festivals in 2013:

Midwest Birding Symposium

Thursday, September 19- Sunday, September 22 — Lakeside, OH
The festival includes field trips to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Wings over Water Wildlife Festival
Tuesday, October 22-Sunday, October 27— Outer Banks, NC
Pick from scores of talks and trips on birding, paddling, wildlife photography and natural history.  Field trips will go to Pea Island andAlligator River National Wildlife Refuges. All proceeds go to the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, a nonprofit that supports national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival   
Thursday, November 7 – Monday, November 11 — Harlingen, TX
The festival includes field trips to Laguna Atascosa, Lower Rio Grande Valley and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges. Featured events include lectures, workshops, birding trips, boating on the Arroyo and other guided trips. Look for great kiskadees, green jays, Altamira orioles and chachalacas.

Festival of the Cranes
November 19 – 24 — Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Thrill to skiesful of sandhill cranes and snow geese at a world-famous birding festival. Enjoy tours, talks, workshops, field trips, dusk fly-ins and dawn fly-outs.

Repost from U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System Homepage

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