You can enjoy lots of Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and other birds at the late-November events listed below.
Looking for a fun event taking place in early November? Act now and you can still make it to festivals in Texas, Alaska, even Israel. And you’re invited to take part in Project FeederWatch, which starts November 9.
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
Mission, British Columbia
This expansive festival celebrates the Bald Eagles that gather in the Fraser River Valley each year. Visitors hop from venue to venue, from Mission to Harrison Hot Springs, enjoying jetboat eco-river tours, eagle watching, displays by local artists, presentations, and other activities. Festival website.
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro, New Mexico
This year’s festival offers dozens of photography workshops and lectures and more than 50 birding tours, workshops, and lectures, but the real attraction is thousands of geese and Sandhill Cranes at one of our favorite national wildlife refuges. Festival website.
Central Valley Birding Symposium
Field trips will explore area hotspots, including Cosumnes River Preserve, Hotspots Near You No. 30. Jon Dunn will conduct workshop on identifying flycatchers, and Kimball Garrett, ornithology collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and Edward C. Beedy, Edward R. Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen, creators of the new book Birds of the Sierra Nevada, will deliver keynote addresses. (We featured Birds of the Sierra Nevada in the roundup in our December 2013 issue.) Symposium website.
Bird-a-thon Xoc ch’ich’
Lagartos, Yucatán, Mexico
In the Maya language, xoc means “count,” while ch’ich’ means “bird,” so Xoc ch’ich’ means “count bird.” Part of Bird Festival Toh 2013, the bird-a-thon offers local and visiting birdwatchers the chance to spend an enjoyable weekend traveling different routes in Yucatán trying to find the highest number of bird species in a limited time period. Bird Festival Toh website.
Chiloé Island Migratory Bird Festival
Chiloe Island, Chile
Participants at this festival enjoy birdwatching trips along coastal wetlands, conferences, scientific and photo exhibitions, local handcrafts, and more. Chiloé is located in the south of Chile and is home to thousands of Hudsonian Godwits, Whimbrels, and other migratory birds that use the island as their main wintering grounds.
Festivals and events
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.