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Birding Calendar of Events for:

     January 2019

Skagit Eagle Festival 2019
Every Weekend In January 2019 Concrete Washington

Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January.

See Schedule of Events Here

New Year’s Day Bird Walk at Greenway
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Greenway Park, London, Ontario

(Open to the public.) Meet the leader in the parking lot for the off-leash dog park in Greenway Park. It is located down behind and west of the water treatment plant. We will walk along the river looking for birds. 

For more information visit naturelondon.com

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

Measuring Turkey Population
Dec 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

I am a PhD student at Trent University studying wild turkey populations to investigate the usefulness of platforms such as eBird and iNaturalist in estimating wild turkey population size.  If you spot a wild turkey flock anywhere in Ontario from December 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019 please consider submitting your sightings to eBird or iNaturalist. The most important information to include is
     a) where you saw the wild turkey(s), and
     b) how many wild turkeys you saw
 
Your observations will be used to help estimate how many wild turkeys call Ontario home. You can add observations on your computer by following either of the links below, or through the eBird or iNaturalist mobile apps!    eBird: http://ebird.org  iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org
 
Thank you!   jenniferbaici@trentu.ca  B. Sc. MFC. PhD Candidate. Trent University, Environmental and Life Sciences.

Ontario Nature

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature this month, CLICK HERE. (Please change the date at the top of the page.)

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

WINGS OVER WILLCOX
January 17 - 20, 2019
Willcox, Arizona

Our festival is the perfect opportunity to see all the winter migrants that visit our area and to see the other wildlife and natural wonders of Southeastern Arizona. Our festival provides opportunities to explore nature in Southeastern Arizona through tours on photography, geology, history, botany, agriculture and the wonderful Sandhill Cranes and other birds of our area. We invite you to take advantage of these opportunities by signing up for tours and seminars. We hope you can join us!

For more information visit: http://wingsoverwillcox.com/

Everglades Birding Festival
January 17-21, 2019
Florida

Journey through south Florida searching for beautiful and rare birds in ancient moss-covered cypress swamps, everglades prairies that join the sky and brilliant marshes that sparkle with flashes of roseate wings. Scan across the tips of grass for searching hovering Snail kites and hear the squeal of the Limpkin.

Details here http://evergladesbirdingfestival.com/

North Shore Birding Festival
January 17 - 21, 2019
Mt Dora, Florida

The North Shore Birding Festival on Lake Apopka in Central Florida hosts birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. Add to your life list while exploring a unique birding hot spot. Most festival events are only 35–45 minutes from Orlando attractions.

Participate in field trips on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore property and other nearby sites, sponsored by Orange Audubon Society.  Trips will search for as many as possible of the 360+ species documented, plus recently sighted rarities.
126 species seen at the 2018 festival

More... http://www.orangeaudubonfl.org/festival/

Wings of Winter Birding Festival
January 18 - 20
Springville, Tennessee

This wide ranging birding festival will feature many areas on Kentucky and Barkley Lake. Keynote speakers include award-winning author and photographer Richard Crossley, and Passenger Pigeon historian and author Joel Greenberg. Expert guided birding field trips will be to Cross Creeks and Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Kentucky Dam area and Harmon Creek WMA, Land Between the Lakes, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Paris Landing State Park.

Springville, Tennessee

Festival Details... http://www.friendstnwr.org

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
January 18 - 21, 2019
Morro Bay, California

Every Martin Luther King weekend over 500 California bird festival lovers visit Morro Bay, California, a Globally Important Bird Area, to see, photograph, and learn more about birds.  Morro Bay is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Flyway. The area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, an excellent natural history museum, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, best of all, thousands of birds.  Over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend.

More Info... https://morrobaybirdfestival.org/

Rains County Eagle Fest
January 19, 2019
Rains County, Texas

The bus and barge tours to the lakes to see majestic Bald Eagles in their natural habitat are one of the main highlights of the festival. There will also be bird and animal exhibits and programs, animal encounters (including snakes), live entertainment and music, Aztec Dancers, vendors, food, educational speakers, and much more. Enjoy presentations from Last Chance Forever, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Teaming With Wildlife, and others.

More... https://www.emorytx.com/eagle-fest

Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway
January 23 - 27, 2019
Chico, California

Snow Goose Festival Headquarters
& Welcome Center
Chico Masonic Family Center
1110 W. East Ave. Chico, CA
Wildlife Education
Exploration & Birding Adventures
Informative & Hands-on Workshops
Wildlife Art Show
Free Nature Activities for the Entire Family
Our 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. Free nature activities are offered for youth as well as armchair adventures for all. View impressive art at our Wildlife Art Exhibit at our new venue, Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA).

Details here...

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival
January 23 - 28, 2019
Florida

One of the largest birding and wildlife festivals in the United States!


Discover why Florida’s Space Coast is your launch pad to incredible nature-based experiences. The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival features world class photographers, field trips, workshops and presentations.

22nd Annual Festival - read more...

17th Annual Eagles & Ag 2019
January 24 - 27, 2019
Nevada

We are ready to go! Our schedule for the 17th Annual Eagles & Ag celebration is set! Our falconers and their birds are coming, the buses are reserved, our expert birders and BS-ers are lined up and all we need is a bit of winter, the birds, and you!

Details and reservations click here.

Winter Wildlife Festival
January 25 - 27, 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals​. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings​​.

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Final Arguments in People vs. Planet
Featuring Gina McCarthy
Sunday, January 27, 2019 – 4:00pm  | 
Finger Lakes Community College
Canandaigua, New York

The 13th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for five years, our guest speaker, Gina McCarthy, was at the center of the continuing pitched political battle about the country's environmental policies and their relation to the challenge of global climate change. A strongly proactive EPA leader and a fierce critic of climate change deniers, she is currently the Director of Harvard University's C-Change - the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment. McCarthy is dedicated to the proposition that people and planet must work in concert to promote solutions on environmental health and clean air issues worldwide. Moderator: Evan Dawson, WXXI public radio host. 4 pm. $25/adult, free for college students with ID based on seating availability. Tickets available online or by phone: 585-785-1541. On March 24, 2019, 4 pm, the guest speaker is Dr. J. Drew Lanham (author, birder, and wildlife biology professor), "Coloring the Conservation Conversation (Birdsong)": "In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest sense, colored." Naturalist, songbird ecology expert, black man, Audubon Society Board member, Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Biology at Clemson University, Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a completely original voice, and he colors the conservation conversation with a message not to be missed about bridging divides - in ethnicity and in wildlife preservation. "Conserving birds and their habitat is a moral mission that needs the broadest and most diverse audience possible!" Moderator:John Van Niel, FLCC Professor of Environmental Conservation.

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Birding Calendar of Events for:

     February 2019

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

Ontario Nature

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature this month, CLICK HERE. (Please change the date at the top of the page.)

Beginning Birding - Humble Texas
Saturday, February 2

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

Laredo Birding Festival - Bird The Border
February 6 - 9

Each day, birders will have a chance to select from a variety of full-day scenic trips. Escorted by professional field guides and members of our local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, birders will have an opportunity to deepen their birding knowledge of South Texas, and explore areas along Laredo’s riverfront, creek systems, nature trails and private ranch land.

Details and registration...

High Plains Snow Goose Festival
February 7 - 10

Celebrate Birding and the Heritage of Southeast Colorado.

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!

Lots of details here.

Birds of a Feather Fest
February 7 - 10

It's almost time for the 2019 Birds of a Feather Fest – Feb. 7-10 in beautiful 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. Few places offer as many wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature while being so connected, accessible and clean. With a focus on families, beginners and experts alike, this festival offers something for everyone.
Our fun 4-day birding and nature festival invites everyone to enjoy a weekend of birding, photography, workshops, social events, and family activities. Join National Audubon Society’s David Ringer for a FREE keynote event. Also enjoy: free beginner bird walks every 2 hours on Saturday and join us Saturday Evening at the Community Center for the Meet the Experts event!

Details...

San Francisco Bay Flyway FEstival
February 8-10, 2019

Join us for our 24th annual celebration of the migration through San Francisco Bay of more than 1 million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks and other wildlife at the peak of migration.

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2019 Winter Wings Festival
February 14 - 17

Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech),

3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, Oregon

We welcome you to the 40th anniversary of the Winter Wings Festival.   Plan to register early for the best choices. We’ve added several documents to aid you in planning your weekend: a printable activity and schedule, a graphical schedule at a glance, and a registration guide to help you prepare for online registration. Make sure you have our most recent schedule as some changes were made in early. Dec.

Details and Registration

Matagorda Bay Bird Fest
February 15 - 17

THE MATAGORDA BAY BIRDFEST 2019 is an
educational event in Palacios, TX connecting people, birds and nature.
Just a few reasons to Flock and Stroll in the City by the Sea.

Much more too, see here...

Sax Zim Bog Birding Festival
February 15 - 17

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

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.

Whooping Crane Festival
February 21-24

CELEBRATE WHOOPING CRANES IN PORT ARANSAS
The Whooping Crane Festival is always a fan favorite here in Port Aransas Texas. Make sure to bring your binoculars and camera as you won't want to miss these spectacular creatures as they make their annual trip to Port Aransas. The endangered Whooping Crane can only be viewed up close here in the Coastal Bend. 

More info here...

14th Annual Eagle Expo & More
February 22-23, 2019

Morgan City, Louisiana

The American Bald Eagle is a common visitor on the Cajun Coast. Join us to view these majestic birds perched in a tree, soaring overhead, tending their young, or hunting for food. Our annual Eagle Expo includes boat tours into various waterways to view eagles, a Birds of Prey educational program, presentations on wildlife, a walking/hiking trail, photography workshop, and keynote addresses. Admission and registration required. Contact: info@canjuncoast.com, 800-256-2931, or 985-380-8224.

Delta Snow Goose Festival
February 22-23

Early each spring, thousands of Snow Geese begin their 3,000 mile voyage home to Canada's northwest territories. Starting from where they winter in Southern California & Mexico, these travelers navigate their way home with amazing precision and faithfulness. Delta, Utah is privileged to be situated along their annual migration route. Come join us for this year's annual Delta Snow Goose Festival! Bring your camera and be ready to join the fun.

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24th California Duck Days
February 23

Department of Fish and Wildlife, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, Davis, California
California Duck Days is an annual northern California wetlands and wildlife festival, from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, February 23. It’s a terrific day for people of all ages. Families with young children tend to stay at the headquarters, enjoying many workshops and activities, while adults often like to go on half- or full-day field trips to sites around the region. These include an educational trip to a rice farm, tour of the Knaggs Ranch fish project in the Yolo Bypass, as well as many birding trips. Workshops throughout the day, including dog training, wood duck box building, fly tying for young anglers, and learning about bats. A falconry demonstration will be held. The Duck Days Exhibit Hall will have interactive displays from area environmental organizations and will feature the crowd-pleasing Mallard ducklings, as well as live birds of prey from the California Raptor Center, including Sullivan the Golden Eagle. One of the most popular events at Duck Days is the kids’ fishing activity sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Children may fish for trout in the demonstration wetlands and then have their fish cleaned and refrigerated to take home. There will be a large mobile aquarium filled with local fish, including many native species, Please pre-register due to limited space on field trips. Contact Yolo Basin Foundation, 530-7573780, DuckDays@yolobasin.org

Burrowing Owl Festival
February 23

5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Coral is home to the largest known population of the Florida Burrowing Owl, a State of Florida threatened species. These pint-sized birds burrow underground where they nest from early February through mid-July and are the official city bird of Cape Coral. Festival highlights include environmental and wildlife organizations with educational exhibits and live animals, bus tours to local owl burrows, demonstrations on owl burrow maintenance and starter burrows. There will be on-site speakers with wildlife presentations, live birds of prey, and tours through the live interactive butterfly house. Artists, photographers, and craft vendors of all things natural, native, and wild will have lovely items for sale, plus there will be music and food vendors. Admission is $5 donation for ages 16 and older with free parking. Event proceeds will go toward local wildlife protection, preservation, and education. Contact: Carl Veaux, 239-246-8303, cveaux@aol.com.

Stanwood-Camano Snow Goose & Birding Festival
February 23 & 24, 2019

Come see why the shores and waters of Puget Sound surrounding our community are internationally recognized as crucial habitat for countless birds of sea, shore and land.
Tours and guides will help you experience one of Western Washington’s most spectacular natural events – the annual winter gathering of thousands of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. In addition we have flocks of wintering seabirds and shorebirds along with many raptors that call Stanwood and Camano home.
Festival headquarters is the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood, WA.  Space is limited for bus tours – registration will be open soon. 

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San Diego Bird Festival
February 27 - March 3

It is our pleasure to welcome you to beautiful San Diego. As always, we are celebrating  the wild birds and habitats of our county, which truly offers some of the best birding in  the U.S. The Festival supports the education, conservation and sanctuary programs of  San Diego Audubon Society, so by joining us, you get to see the birds and help them too. We thank you for your support, and hope to meet you at the Festival! Chris

Over 40 field trips • Skill-building Workshops • Optics and Birding Expo • Birds Birds Birds!

Register Here



Birding Calendar of Events for:

     March 2019

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

Ontario Nature

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature this month, CLICK HERE. (Please change the date at the top of the page.)

The Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival
March 1-2, 2019

community-based event timed to coincide with the peak Sandhill Crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County, Indiana. Festival headquarters are at Humphrey’s Park in the nearby city of Linton. The Festival takes place in early March. Events include a kick-off banquet, craft fair, live birds of prey on display, informational and educational presentations, bus tours, self-guided tours, kids activities, and much more.

Get the details here.

The International Festival of Owls
March 1-3, 2019

The International Festival of Owls is a fundraiser for the International Owl Center and the Center’s biggest event of the year.

Special screening of "The Secret Life of Owls" by Make Believe Media, which has not aired in the USA. It features a segment with our own Alice the Great Horned Owl and Karla Bloem. If all works out, cinematographer Neil Rettig and his wife and raptor vet Laura Johnson will attend to talk about the making of the film.

More info...

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

Coloring the Conservation Conversation (Birdsong)
Featuring J. Drew Lanham
Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 4:00pm  |  Finger Lakes Community College

On March 24, 2019, 4 pm, the guest speaker is Dr. J. Drew Lanham (author, birder, and wildlife biology professor), "Coloring the Conservation Conversation (Birdsong)": "In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. I am, in the deepest sense, colored." Naturalist, songbird ecology expert, black man, Audubon Society Board member, Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Biology at Clemson University, Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a completely original voice, and he colors the conservation conversation with a message not to be missed about bridging divides - in ethnicity and in wildlife preservation. "Conserving birds and their habitat is a moral mission that needs the broadest and most diverse audience possible!" Moderator:John Van Niel, FLCC Professor of Environmental Conservation.

Details here...



Birding Calendar of Events for:

     April 2019

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

Ontario Nature

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature this month, CLICK HERE. (Please change the date at the top of the page.)

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

Spring Chirp
April 24 - 27, 2019

Come on down to Weslaco, Texas, the place to be in the Spring for an excellent variety of wild birds, butterflies and even dragonflies which is unlike anywhere else in the USA. The Lower Rio Grande Valley is the home of many great birding sites,

Details here...

Florida's Birding & Photo Fest
April 24 - 28, 2019

Learn the foundations of photography from SHIV VERMA in his workshops and do some great birding.

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The Birdiest Festival in America
April 24 - 28, 2019

The 2019 Festival will feature optional guided field trips to regional birding hot spots and private ranches, Nature Photography, vendor trade-shows, bird walks, The Raptor Project presentations, and lots of South Texas hospitality.  The inaugural year (2017) had 246 species and (2018) had 257 species.

Details here...

Delmarva Birding Weekend
April 25 - 28, 2019

164 species were tallied during the 2018 event.

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Stikine River Birding Festival
April 25 - 28, 2019

Wrangell is the gateway community for the Stikine River Delta, where the arrival of thousands of bald eagles creates the largest springtime concentration in North America. The festival is the perfect opportunity for adventurous birdwatchers to observe millions of shorebirds, which migrate to the delta each spring. The Stikine River and its tributaries are located within the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area of the Tongass National Forest.

Get the details...

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
April 25 - 28, 2019

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.

Details here...

Balcones Songbird Festival
April 26th-28th, 2019

The Balcones Songbird Festival is a celebration of nature through a collection of interpretive events to experience both birds and their habitat.

More here...

Birds in the Hills Festival
April 26 - 28, 2019

Join Rural Action, Camp Oty’Okwa, and the Athens Area Birders for our family-friendly Birds in the Hills Festival April 26-28 at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills. This affordable three-day festival will feature activities for adults, families, and specifically for children. We welcome anyone with even a remote interest in birds and the outdoors, including those who have never picked up a pair of binoculars.

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Hatchie BirdFest
April 26 - 28, 2019

Unique outdoor adventures and over 200 species of birds await you on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge. 


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Spring Fling
April 26 - 28, 2019

This year will mark the 31st Annual Spring Fling: WPBO’s Celebration of Bird Migration when members and their guests “migrate” to Paradise, Michigan and the Whitefish Point area to visit with old friends, both human and avian. Many activities are being planned for another refreshing weekend of birding experiences.

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Owens Lake Bird Festival
April 26 - 28, 2019

The Owens Lake Bird Festival showcases the migration of birds through the Mojave desert, along the historic Owens Lake. This festival merges magic of the historic west and ancient tribal histories at the Alabama Hills with the stark natural beauty at the edge of Death Valley. 30+ outings highlight the birds, photography, botany, geology, and history of this important location. LADWP’s unique dust management engineering restored the lakes important bird habitats where saltwater and freshwater interact to host a huge number of traveling bird species.

Learn more about the outings, schedule, and more

Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival
April 26th-28th, 2019

Grab your brood and come celebrate our 10th Anniversary of the Festival with keynote speaker Kenn Kaufman. Kaufman is a lifelong naturalist, and the the originator and editor of the Kaufman Field Guides series. His fascination with birds developed at the age of six, and he went on to become one of the world's best-known bird experts, but his interests extend to every area of nature. Learn more and stay tuned for our special Kaufman dinner, walk and keynote programming in 2019.

Point Reyes National Seashore provides the backdrop for our festival, where the Pacific Flyway, Pacific Ocean, and other influences provide an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. In fact, the area was named the #1 birding hotspot in 2017, where over 54% of all North American bird species have been recorded.

Over the three day weekend attendees choose from 50+ educational field outings and classroom-based events based in Marin and Sonoma counties, and focused on birds, wildlife, plants and marine life + hiking, biking, kayaking, art and field photography, and led by some of the Bay Area’s award-winning naturalists and birders. The festival engages birders, artists, and nature lovers by providing quality birding and nature experiences and workshops. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of birds and the habitat unique to Marin-Sonoma counties. The festival is open to a variety of ages and experience levels. Additionally, the festival features Friday and Saturday evening programs with keynote speakers to for adults to meet, mingle, eat, drink and enjoy keynote presentations by top biologists and naturalists! Learn more: http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/

Marin-Sonoma, CA, USA

Migration Celebration
April 27 - 28, 2019

The Migration Celebration is held during peak bird migration season at the San Bernarnd National Wildlife Refuge. The two-day event includes several free activities for children including: archery, fishing, BB gun range, bug sweeping, microscopes, touch tanks and reptiles.

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Spring Birding Days
April 28 - May 4, 2019

Celebrate the spring migration on Little St. Simons Island! Guest ornithologists join our staff naturalists on excursions highlighting the abundance of species that flock here during this special time.

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Birding the Hills
April 29 - May 3, 2019

FREDERICKSBURG — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Birding the Hills program in Gillespie County from April 29-May 3.

“We decided to plan this program after the success of Birding the Border in Val Verde and Kinney counties last year,” said Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde. “Gillespie County is in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and this program allows for three full days of birding in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion.”

Program attendees will learn about the area and its bird species during a welcome dinner upon arrival.

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New River Birding & Nature Festival
April 29 - May 4, 2019

Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours.

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Birding Calendar of Events for:

     May 2019

Ontario Nature

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature this month, CLICK HERE. (Please change the date at the top of the page.)

World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday May 9, 2020

In 1993, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center created International Migratory Bird Day.

Details about 2020 coming!

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Spring Birding Days
April 28 - May 4, 2019

Celebrate the spring migration on Little St. Simons Island! Guest ornithologists join our staff naturalists on excursions highlighting the abundance of species that flock here during this special time.

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Birding the Hills
April 29 - May 3, 2019

FREDERICKSBURG — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Birding the Hills program in Gillespie County from April 29-May 3.

“We decided to plan this program after the success of Birding the Border in Val Verde and Kinney counties last year,” said Dr. Maureen Frank, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde. “Gillespie County is in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and this program allows for three full days of birding in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion.”

Program attendees will learn about the area and its bird species during a welcome dinner upon arrival.

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New River Birding & Nature Festival
April 29 - May 4, 2019

Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours.

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Hillman Marsh Shorebird Celebration
May 1 - 19, 2019

The Annual Hillman Marsh Shorebird Celebration, featuring migrating birds and Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) helping to identify them, takes place at the Hillman Marsh Conservation Area.

Experts from Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) will be at the Shorebird Viewing Shelter from 3pm – 5pm, six days per week, to help guests identify these stunning creatures. OFO will not be on site on Mondays.

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Point Pelee Festival Of Birds
May 2019

Point Pelee is part of a peninsula, located at the crossroads of two major migration routes, extending into the western basin of Lake Erie. It is one of the first points of land spring migration reach in the pre-dawn hours when crossing Lake Erie at night.

By the end of April, the first wave of songbirds arrives. The best time to see the greatest diversity of songbirds is the first three weeksof May. Forty-two (42) of the 55 regularly occurring warbler species in North America have been recorded at Point Pelee.
 

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Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival
May 2 - 5, 2019

"5 million shorebirds can't be wrong"

We invite you to join the mass migration of Pacific shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl and songbirds.  Their shoreside respite is framed against the pristine backdrop of coastal glaciers and mountains, the breathtaking vista that we call home.  Come outfitted with your binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, sketch pads and pencils and leave with a heart full of memories.  Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival, Alaska's original bird festival.

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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

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
May 17 - 19, 2019

The 5th Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival promises to be a special event! Spring migration along Colorado’s Front Range is often full of surprises. The Pikes Peak region has much to offer, with the shortgrass prairie rising to meet the forested foothills and deep canyons of the southern Front Range, and rich, riparian forests providing for countless birds, insects, and other wildlife.

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World Bee Day
May 17 2019

Learn the value of bees around the world.

World Bee Day United Nations May 20

World Bee Day from WorldBeeDay.org!

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
May 11 & October 12, 2019

This year’s theme − “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” − will put the spotlight on the negative impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

Find an event near you to participate in or start your own!

World Migratory Bird Day



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     June 2019

Ontario Nature

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Birding Calendar of Events for:

     July 2019

Ontario Nature

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Birding Calendar of Events for:

     August 2019

Ontario Nature

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Thames Talbot Land Trust
“Passport to Nature” Events in August

Forest Immersion Walk
(by reservation only – www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca)

Sunday August 18th, 1 to 4 pm
Joany's Woods, 32549 Boot Hill Road, Thedford, ON
(directions available at registration)
 
Journey into Joany's Woods with a small group to nourish a deep appreciation for the natural world. This will be a gentle, slow-pace walk that includes a series of sensory oriented invitations to relax and connect to the forest. Your guide, Katie, will share her passion for forest walks and nature connections, and is offering this hike in partnership with the Global Institute of Forest Therapy. Please dress for the weather - will take place rain or shine. This walk is intended for adults.
 
Summer Wildflowers (by reservation only – www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca)
Sunday August 25, 1 to 3 pm.
Newport Forest, 22130 Fleming Line, West Elgin, ON
Please note: This property is not open to the public.
(directions available at registration)
 
Do you know the native wildflowers of summer? Learn what flowers are blooming at Newport Forest with Will Van Hemessen, botanist and ecologist, as we hike through this unique Carolinian floodplain forest. Biting insects and ticks are possible and participants should take appropriate precautions. 

Sedona Hummingbird Festival
August 2-3-4, 2019

Tickets will go on sale April 1 at 12:00 noon, MST; all ticket purchases must be made online.

We Love Hummingbirds!

Stay tuned for the details from the HummingbirdSociety.org HERE!

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival
August 7-11, 2019

Tucson Audubon Society's 9th annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, presented by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is the region’s premier birding experience.

Registration opens March 15 at  tucsonaudubon.org/festival

Birding Calendar of Events for:

     September 2019

Ontario Nature

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Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration
September 6 - 8, 2019

Join us for the 20th 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!

Mississippi Get the details...

Birding Calendar of Events

Whooping Crane Festival
September 13 - 15, 2019

An exciting fun-packed weekend full of festivities along with exploring nature at it's finest are all part of the 2018 Whooping Crane Festival held September 13 & 14, 2019. Bringing a full array of activities to the Princeton and surrounding area, Cranefest is a one-of-a-kind event families and festival goers and nature lovers do not want to miss.  The event is held at the Princeton Public School on Saturday September 14th and is open to the public.

The festival celebrates and supports the ongoing efforts to save the endangered Whooping crane from extinction.

Check out the 2019 event brochure for all the details.

Puget Sound Bird Fest
September 13-15, 2019

Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. It is listed as one of Seattle's best events on events12.com, the web site of events currently over 12 months in major cities.

Our three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects.

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Festival Of Hawks
September 14-15 & 21-22, 2019
from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Holiday Beach Conservation Area, 6952 County Road 50, Amherstburg, Ontario, N0R1G0

Join experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory for this natural spectacle. Watch thousands of birds of prey flying overheard. Take in free programs hosted by local experts and see live hawks and owls up close. A great family event for experts and amateurs alike.

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HummerBird Celebration
September 19 - 22, 2019

Birders Paradise

Join us for the 31st Annual Hummerbird Celebration September 19 - 22. 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 #HummerBird2019

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Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds
September 25-28, 2019

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.

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Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration
September 14, 2019

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.

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Manomet’s Bird-a-Thon
September 15 & 16, 2019

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.

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Birding Calendar of Events


American Birding Expo

DEAR EXPO FANS AND FRIENDS,

As you may have heard, American Birding Expo founder and Bird Watcher’s Digest editor/publisher Bill Thompson, III, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2019.

While the team at Bird Watcher’s Digest is well-equipped to keep this birding lifestyle company moving right along, we recognize the need for each Expo to be the most successful one yet. This year, it would be difficult to pull off a record-breaking Expo without Bill’s dynamism and connections. There will be no 2019 American Birding Expo, although Bird Watcher’s Digest, Watching Backyard Birds, BirdWire, Reader Rendezvous, Redstart Birding, and all our other endeavors will continue. We invite you to learn more about these publications and programs at birdwatchersdigest.com.

We are in the earliest stages of planning an American Birding Expo in future years. Stay tuned for information about it and all the exciting things we have in store.

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Hawk Weekend Festival
September 20 - 22, 2019

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.

CHECK BACK IN JULY 2019 FOR FESTIVAL DETAILS

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Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania
September 20 - 22, 2019

For the 11th year, learn as you enjoy the wonders of the annual migration at 2 iconic bird and butterfly hotspots in the lower keys.  Join the flock and explore more about the natural wonder of migration by attending one of the the Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania Birding & Nature Adventure offered by the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on College Road, Key West , FL,  in partnership with the National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida.

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Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 2019

More Information Coming

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
September 20-22, 2019

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.

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Wings Over Willapa
September 27-29, 2019

join us for the second annual Wings Over Willapa Festival! We’re celebrating Willapa National Wildlife Refuge with a weekend full of classes, workshops, guided tours and more. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages are sure to find plenty to do.

Details here...



Birding Calendar of Events for:

     October 2019

Ontario Nature
October

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

October Big Day
Saturday, October 19, 2019

From eBird

October Big Day is back! Can we beat last year’s total of 6,331 species on a single October day? Even if you only have 5 minutes free on 19 October, you can join the fun.


Stay tuned for more information in coming weeks, and start planning your October19 birding!

Kelly Stanton Environmentally Significant Area Field Trip
Sunday, August 25 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

99 Prince of Wales Gate, London, Ontario

(Open to the public) Meet the leader at the turnaround area at the south end of Prince of Wales Gate (Prince of Wales Gate runs south off of Gainsborough Rd, west of Hyde Park Rd) in northwest London. We will be observing open field and prairie plants and birds. Call 416 729 0544 if more information is required.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
May 11 & October 12, 2019

This year’s theme − “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” − will put the spotlight on the negative impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

Find an event near you to participate in or start your own!

World Migratory Bird Day

Cape May Fall Festival
October 17 –  20, 2019

NJ Audubon’s Fall Festival is the longest running birding festival in the country.

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory has its finger on the pulse of fall migration and you are invited to be a part of it. Four official migratory counts take place during the fall: the Monarch Monitoring Project, the Avalon Seawatch, the Morning Flight Songbird Count, and of course the celebrated Cape May Hawkwatch.

See website for details...



Birding Calendar of Events for:

     November 2019

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



Birding Calendar of Events for:

     December 2019

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

Ontario Nature

To see what is going on at Ontario Nature this month, CLICK HERE. (Please change the date at the top of the page.)

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

Azores Birdwatching Arts Festival
December 11 - 22   

Pico Island hosts the second annual Azores Birdwatching Arts Festival with events between December 11 and 22. Talks, photography exhibit and an expedition, as well as children’s events are part of the program.

December 11 @ 5:00 pm - December 22 @ 9:00 pm   

Event Categories: Art exhibitions and contests, Bird Walks, Exhibits, Festivals and Fairs, Lectures and Workshops

Website for more information: http://www.azoresbirdwatching.com

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



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