The days are getting shorter, but our events calendar is as full ever! We included the seven November festivals and conferences below (and lots more) in our events listing in our December 2013 issue. Add an event to our online calendar.
Looking for a fun event taking place in late October? If you hurry, you can still make it to festivals on Sanibel Island, the Outer Banks, the rice fields of Louisiana, and Cape May. Details are here.
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.
Sandhill Crane Festival
Watch the cranes fly in to flooded fields and go on field trips to Cosumnes River Preserve and other hotspots. Then enjoy a puppet show, a carving workshop, a native flute performance, and Japanese taiko drumming. Festival website.
Focus on Diversity III
The objective of this event is to promote effective outreach to more diverse audiences with birding opportunities, outdoor recreation, and conservation messages. Outreach specialists will assist participants in the development of realistic goals and simple action plans for promoting bird education and bird conservation in their own areas. Drew Lanham, Roy Rodriguez, Mary Gustafson, Paul Baicich, and BirdWatching contributing editor Kenn Kaufman are participating. Conference website.
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Enjoy field trips to Laguna Atascosa, Lower Rio Grande Valley, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges as well as lectures, workshops, birding trips, boating on the Arroyo, and other guided trips. Warbler Guide authors Whittle and Stephenson, tour leader Victor Emanuel, urban birder David Lindo, and BirdWatching contributing editors Kenn Kaufman and David Sibley will speak. Festival website.
November 9-April 4
Across North America
Operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada, Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Anyone interested in birds can participate. Project websites: Cornell, Canada.
Hula Valley Bird Festival
Kfar Blum, Israel
The week-long Hula Valley Bird Festival is an initiative of the Israel Ornithological Center (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel). Explore the birds of northern Israel, from the alpine summits of Mt. Hermon to the low-lying shores of the Sea of Galilee. Then enjoy talks and presentations every evening. Festival website.
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival
Daily buses and vans carry festival-goers to the Alaska Bald Eagle Preserve, where as many as 4,000 eagles can be found feeding on a late run of salmon. Enjoy photography workshops and live raptor presentations. Festival website.
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Most of the events above appeared in our December 2013 issue.