Five favorite birding events in early February

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Great Gray Owl in southern Ontario by newfoundlander61

Great Gray Owl in southern Ontario by newfoundlander61

Fun festivals in South Texas, Oregon, Idaho, and northern Minnesota — not to mention the annual Great Backyard Bird Count — make the first weeks of February one of our favorite times of the year.

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Watch eagles in February! Here’s a list of festivals and watches.

Laredo Birding Festival 165x214February 5-8
Laredo Birding Festival
Laredo, Texas

Each day of the festival, guides and members of the Monte Mucho Audubon Society will lead 10 full-day trips in search of White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Gray Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Brown Jay, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon, and Clay-colored Thrush. Frequent BirdWatching contributor Noah Strycker, author of the book Among Penguins, will deliver the keynote on Saturday. Laredo is on the Rio Grande in South Texas. Festival website.

Why the introduced Muscovy Duck is a protected species, sort of.

February 13-16
Winter Wings Festival
Klamath Falls, Oregon

Bird Watcher’s Digest editor Bill Thompson III, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon, and eBird project co-leader Brian Sullivan will deliver keynotes. Birdchick Sharon Stiteler will host a Birds-and-Brews get-together and lead digiscoping-related events. Festival website.

February 14-16
Hagerman Bird Festival
Hagerman, Idaho

This three-day event features speakers, guided walks, field trips, exhibits, workshops, and educational activities for children and adults. In Saturday’s keynote, five well-known Idaho birders will share humorous and inspirational stories of extraordinary birding encounters. Festival website.

February 14-16
Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival
Meadowlands, Minnesota

Sax-Zim Bog is a great place to see Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, and (possibly) Boreal Owl or Northern Saw-Whet Owl — not to mention Boreal Chickadee, Pine Grosbeak, Gray Jay, and Common and Hoary Redpolls. Or Spruce or Sharp-tailed Grouse or Snow Bunting. If you think these birds sound like fun, this festival is for you! Sandy Komito will give a presentation on Big Year birding, and Scott Mehus will talk about research conducted by the National Eagle Center. Festival website.

February 14-17
Great Backyard Bird Count
Backyards everywhere

The annual count is a fun four-day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Join in! GBBC website.

BW0214_Cover_171x223Festivals and events

We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Most of the events above appeared in our February 2014 issue.

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