February birding festivals celebrate Whooping Cranes, Burrowing Owls, other birds

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Burrowing Owl in Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida, by snooked.

Burrowing Owl in Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida, by snooked.

Late February is the time for fun festivals celebrating Whooping Cranes, Burrowing Owls, and migrating waterfowl and other birds.

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

February 20-23
High Plains Snow Goose Festival
Lamar, Colorado

Greg Miller will be the guest speaker. Festival website.

February 20-23
Whooping Crane Festival
Port Aransas, Texas

George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, frequent BirdWatching contributors Noah Strycker and Larry Ditto, and Joan Garland, ICF’s education outreach coordinator, are featured speakers, but everyone knows the real stars of this long-running show are the famous Whooping Cranes. Festival website.

February 22
Southwest Florida Burrowing Owl Festival
Cape Coral, Florida

Highlights will be lectures about the Burrowing Owl and other nature-orientated topics, hikes to observe the varied habitats and wildlife at Rotary Park, and guided bus tours to observe Burrowing Owls. Festival website.

February 22
California Duck Days
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, California

Participants will enjoy a dozen field trips to sites around the region; workshops on identifying waterfowl, building Wood Duck boxes, and training dogs; falconry demonstrations; and a large mobile aquarium filled with local fish. Festival website.

February 27-March 2
San Diego Bird Festival
San Diego, California

James Currie, host of Nikon’s Birding Adventures, will deliver Friday’s banquet keynote, and Denver Holt, founder and president of the Owl Research Institute, will lead two owling trips and present a luncheon talk. Festival website.

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 February 2014 issue.

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