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Birding Calendar of Events


Find out about birding events and activities that you can participate in from our Birding Calendar below. You will find activities you can do from your own home as well as great birding adventures that may require a road trip.


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     September 2018

Ontario Nature
September

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature CLICK HERE.


First Saturday Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, September 1

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones

Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration
September 7 - 9

Come to the 19th annual Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration, one of the Southeast's biggest nature festivals. Highlights include renowned guest speakers, guided nature walks, live animal shows, kids activity zone, wagon rides, nature-themed arts & crafts vendors, native plant sale and up-close views of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds being banded and released.

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Mississippi Get the details...


Whooping Crane Festival
September 7 - 9

CraneFest in Princeton, Wisconsin, provides programming for all ages with David Stokes, educational workshops, field trips, and more. The organizer, Operation Migration, is closing later this year, so this will be its final festival. More info here...


Audubon Society of Rhode Island Raptor Weekend
September 8 - 9

Owls, hawks and falcons are descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Nature Center and Aquarium for Raptor Weekend, September 8 and 9, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm.

New England's Largest Celebration of Raptors

More info...


HummerBird Celebration
September 13 - 16

Join us for the 30th Annual Hummerbird Celebration September 13 - 16. This year we are back and better than ever, featuring over 75 vendors more than 14 speakers and a variety of nature inspired field trips on land and see. The Celebration is fun, educational and inspiring. It is designed for those who enjoy bird watching as well as those who follow the migration patterns. If you enjoy nature, birds or some aspect of them, then this event is for you. Help us remember the year and tag us on social media! #RFHummerBird

More details...

Migratory Bird Festival of the North Shore
September 13 - 16

The 10th edition of the Migratory Bird Festival, in Tadoussac, Quebec, will offer enhanced programming, more excursions, photo workshops, public lectures, and superb documentaries.

Read about it here...

Puget Sound Bird Fest
September 14 - 16

Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington, is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land- and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.

More details on website...

Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds
September 14 - 17

The Hawai’I Island Festival of Birds is dedicated to celebrating the role of birds in Hawaiin culture and to help preserve threatened native species.

See website...

Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration
September 15

The Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration promotes the unique breeding habitat found in the St. Francisville, Louisiana, area. The event provides the opportunity to observe hummingbirds up close.

See details...

Festival of Hawks
September 15-16 and 22-23

Join experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory in Amherstburg, Ontario, to watch thousands of birds of prey fly overhead. There will also be free programs hosted by local experts, and participants can see hawks and owls up close.

More info...

Manomet’s Bird-a-Thon
September 15 & 16

Manomet’s Bird-a-Thon is a 48-hour birding competition and fundraiser that supports Manomet’s Landbird Conservation Program. The format is similar to a walk-a-thon, except the goal is to see the most birds possible. Since this is our 40th annual Bird-A-Thon, this year we are upping the competition by introducing several different prize categories.

See details...

American Birding Expo
September 21-23

The third annual American Birding Expo will occur September 21-23, 2018, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania (NW of Philly).

More info...

Hawk Weekend Festival
September 21-23

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota, is one of North America’s best places to experience fall bird migration. The festival will include field trips, hikes, programs, and other activities.

More info here...

Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania
September 21-23

Learn more about the natural wonder of migration by attending the Lower Keys Migration Mania Birding & Nature Adventure. It is sponsored by the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden and features early bird walks, bird and butterfly ID sighting tours, children’s programming, and more.

Visit the website...

Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 21-23

This three-day event will be headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon, which is adjacent to Coos Bay in southwestern Oregon. Participants will take field trips in search of shorebirds, waterbirds, and seabirds to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Coos Bay, and other sites. Photographer Tim Boyer will give two presentations during the event.

Read about it here...

Migration Fest
September 22

Experience fall migration at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, Pennsylvania, through a variety of different events, including a field rip to the Bake Oven Knob Hawk Watch, live reptile/amphibian, raptor, and monarch butterfly programs, guided nature walks, and more.

Read more...

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
September 28 - 30

This event, in Watsonville, California, is designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers. The festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument.

More info...

Wings Over Willapa
September 28 - 30

The inaugural Wings Over Willapa Festival offers experienced birders or first-timers a weekend full of classes, workshops, guided tours, and more. It will take place at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on Long Beach Peninsula, Washington. The keynote speaker is Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon’s Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology and its former director of bird monitoring.

Details here...



     October 2018

Ontario Nature
October

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature CLICK HERE.

First Saturday Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones

eBird Big Day
Saturday, October 6

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding each of the past four Mays. This massively international collaborative birding event has been so great that we’re having another worldwide eBird Big Day! From hundreds of Ross’s Gulls in northern Alaska to springtime in Australia, South Africa, and southern South America, October brings fun birding to the whole world. Mark your calendar for the first October Big Day: 6 October. Let’s see what we can find together on the first October Big Day!


Stay tuned for more information in coming weeks, and start planning your October 6 birding!


Hawk Migration Association on of North America (HMANA)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 12 - 14

HMANA, Detroit, Michigan

The Hawk Migration Association on of North America (HMANA) is excited to present its 2018 conference, “Soaring Toward the Future: New Challenges in Raptor Migration.”


A stellar lineup of speakers and presenters includes keynote presentations speeches by Kate Davis, founder of the education project Raptors of the Rockies, and Todd Katzner, a pioneering researcher on Golden Eagles. Featured presenters are Rob Bierregaard, Dr. David Bird, and Bill Clark.


We’ve assembled an exciting program that explores emerging topics of interest, including: Click here to read topics.

Cape May Fall Festival
October 18 - 21

Perhaps you have heard of all the legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, such as the Cape May Point State Park, Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy's South Cape May Meadows (aka "The Meadows"), and TNC's Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek. Then, north over the canal you will find Cox Hall Creek WMA to the west, and the Avalon Seawatch and Stone Harbor Point on the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The best way to experience them all is to immerse yourself into the Cape May Fall Festival!

See website for details...



     November 2018

Ontario Nature
November

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature CLICK HERE.

First Saturday Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones

Project FeederWatch Needs Your Help!
November 10, 2018 to April 2019

At regular intervals from November to April, thousands of FeederWatchers count the kinds and numbers of birds at their feeders, then submit their observations to us. This information helps scientists study winter bird populations.

Project FeederWatch participants receive a full-colour bird poster and calendar, a FeederWatch Handbook and Instruction Book, access to the data entry portion of the FeederWatch website, and the chance to contribute to a continent-wide bird research project.

Project FeederWatch is a joint program of Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

For more information and to participate...

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bird Studies Canada



     December 2018

Ontario Nature
December

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature CLICK HERE.

First Saturday Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones

Christmas Bird Count
December 14 and January 5

Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. They are organized, usually as group efforts, at the local level, often by a birding club or naturalist organization.

How to Partcipate:

In Canada - Contact Bird Studies Canada




     January 2019

Winter Bird Count - Humble Texas
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Volunteer guide Al Barr will lead birders on a hike to document and identify our resident and overwintering birds. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Birders ages 12+.

Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones




     February 2019

Beginning Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Novice birders join Al Barr, JJPV member and birding expert, to learn about the basic birding equipment, including field guides, binoculars, songs and calls, followed by an outing to catch a glimpse of some of the park’s bird life.  Birders ages 10+. Reservations required beginning Jan. 23, 2019.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 8:30 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones

The Great Backyard Bird Count
February 15 - 18

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a joint partnership between Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages across North America in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It's free, fun, and easy - and it helps the birds!

It's as simple as counting the birds at a location near you, estimating how many birds you saw of each species, and filling out an online checklist on the Great Backyard Bird Count website. As the count progresses, you can visit the GBBC website to view results and share photographs. You can also enter the photo contest, win prizes, and share your experiences on the Facebook and Twitter social networks. Email gbbc@birdscanada.org for more information.


BSC is seeking Great Backyard Bird Count Ambassadors. If you are interested in promoting the GBBC in your area, please contact the Canadian Great Backyard Bird Count Coordinator, Kerrie Wilcox, at gbbc@birdscanada.org or 1-888-448-2473 ext. 134.




     March 2019

First Saturday Birding- Humble Texas
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones




     April 2019

First Saturday Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones




     May 2019

First Saturday Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Birders and nature lovers of all experience levels are invited to come out for this guided walk.  Jones Park Volunteer and birder Al Barr will lead visitors on a hike to see and document the birds of the park.  Binoculars are recommended. Ages 10+.


Host Organization Name: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center
Location Where Event Takes Place: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338
Event Time: 7:45 am
Cost of Entry (if any): FREE
Event/Organization Phone: 281.446.8588
Event/Organization Website: www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones



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