The end of October is a great time for birding festivals and conferences. Fun events will take place on Sanibel Island, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in Louisiana, at Cape May, and, the first weekend of November, on Long Island.
We’ll be looking for you at the Cape May Autumn Birding Festival. If you’re there, too, please say hello!
Looking for a fun event taking place in early October? If you hurry, you can still celebrate birds in Miami, meet with ornithologists in Georgia, and watch cranes in Michigan. Details are here.
“Ding” Darling Days
Sanibel Island, Florida
Kenneth Meyer of the University of Florida will talk about Reddish Egret (pictured above with Roseate Spoonbill), Mark Westall and Claudia Burns of the International Osprey Foundation will give a presentation on Ospreys, and Federal Duck Stamp winner Robert Steiner will talk about his award-winning portrait of a Common Goldeneye on Conservation Art Day, Saturday. Festival website.
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Look for birds on Bodie Island, along South Pond, around the Old Oregon Inlet Coast Guard Station, on Cape Hatteras, at the abandoned village on Portsmouth Island, and at other hotspots. Greg Miller, described in Mark Obmascik’s well-read book The Big Year, will give the keynote on Saturday. Festival website.
Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
The primary goal of this one-of-a-kind festival is to provide attendees with a unique venue to view Yellow Rails while bringing birders and farmers together to realize the value to birds of the area’s working wetlands, but you can also take a pre-festival tour of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, enjoy a morning kayak tour of Lacassine Bayou, and take in a jambalaya cooking demo. Festival website.
Cape May Autumn Birding Festival
Cape May, New Jersey
Enjoy a variety of field trips as well as hawk, seabird, and morning-flight watching, hawk-banding and monarch-tagging demonstrations, workshops, and special programs with Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson, authors of The Warbler Guide, Cameron Cox, co-author of the new Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching, and John Kricher. Be sure to stop by our booth in the convention hall! Festival website.
New York Birders Conference
Uniondale, New York
Enjoy field trips to Jones Beach SP, Alley Pond Park, Kissena Park, Robert Moses SP, Francis Purcell Preserve, and other locations. Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, authors of The Warbler Guide, will conduct a workshop. Kimberly Bostwick, curator of birds and mammals at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, will speak about birds and climate change. Lloyd Spitalnik will conduct a photography workshop. And James Currie, host of Birding Adventures TV, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday. Conference website.
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Most of the events above appeared in our October 2013 issue. You can read about future events in our calendar of events.