The end of May and the first weeks of June are a great time for birding festivals and other fun events. You can’t go wrong at the dozen listed below.
May 29-June 1
Acadia Birding Festival
Explore Mount Desert Island (called the “warbler capital of the world” by Roger Tory Peterson) and enjoy the birds of Acadia National Park and the Gulf of Maine. Jeffrey Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, and birder Greg Miller, portrayed in the movie The Big Year, will deliver keynotes. At Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Maine. Festival website.
May 30-June 1
Door Islands Bird Festival
Enjoy the migrant and resident birds of beautiful Washington and Rock Islands, part of the chain of islands and reefs connecting Door County, Wisconsin, to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. At Washington Island, Wisconsin. Festival website.
May 30-June 1
Eat Sleep Bird Event
The Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association has hosted a birdwalk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park for 60 years. Terry Lincoln, director of the Dakota Zoo, will talk about raptor rehabilitation on Friday. Naturalist and writer Stan Tekiela will speak on Saturday. And the birdwalk will take place, rain or shine, on Sunday morning. At Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota. Event website.
May 30-June 1
Mountain Bird Festival
This neat festival combines a celebration of the region’s spectacular mountain birds with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every attendee will receive an attractive conservation stamp for acting as a steward of the science that drives bird conservation. At Ashland, Oregon. Festival website.
May 30-June 1
Turtle Mountain Birding Festival
Search for Swainson’s Hawk, Franklin’s Gull, Black Tern, Western Grebe, Bobolink, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Upland Sandpiper, American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, and other birds at J. Clark Salyer NWR and other hotspots in the prairie pothole region. At Bottineau, North Dakota. Festival website.
Canaan Valley Birding Festival
Steve Huy, co-founder and director of both Project Owlnet, an organization devoted to the study of migrant saw-whet owls, and Project SNOWstorm, a study focused on the 2013/14 irruption of the Snowy Owl, will deliver the keynote on Saturday. At Davis, West Virginia. Festival website.
Cerulean Warbler Weekend
Tours on public and private land will target Cerulean and Hooded Warblers, Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, Arcadian, Willow, and Alder Flycatchers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, and other high-interest species. At Barry County, Michigan. Festival website.
Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
Look for Bicknell’s Thrush, Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, and migrating warblers at the 3,000-acre Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, New York. Noah Strycker, associate editor of Birding magazine and author of the new book The Thing with Feathers, will deliver the keynote. Festival website.
Wings Across the Big Sky Festival
Choose from 39 field trips in the spectacular Gallatin Valley. John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington and the co-author of Gifts of the Crow, In the Company of Crows and Ravens, and other books, will deliver the keynote on Saturday. At Bozeman, Montana. Festival website.
Birds of Southern Wisconsin Summer Course
Learn about the breeding birds of Wisconsin and the habitats in which they are found. Instructors are William Mueller, director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory; Owen Boyle, state coordinator for the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network; and Tim Vargo, manager of research and citizen science at Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center. At UW-Milwaukee Field Station, Saukville, Wisconsin. Workshop website.
Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival
Artist, naturalist, and author Julie Zickefoose and Erik Bruhnke, tour leader and count interpreter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota, will conduct seminars and guide specialty tours. At Carrington, North Dakota. Festival website.
Adirondack Birding Festival
This three-day event features birding hikes, walks, safaris, and outings in Hamilton County, which includes over a million acres of the Adirondack State Park. More than 60 percent is classified as Wilderness or Wild Forest. At Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, New York. Festival website.
Festivals and events
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Many of the events above appeared in our June 2014 issue. Subscribe.
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