13 fun festivals and other birding events in late May

5/9/2014 | 0

Kirtland's Warbler (male) in Michigan. Photo by Joel Trick of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters. Wikimedia Commons.

Kirtland’s Warbler (male) in Michigan. Photo by Joel Trick of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters. Wikimedia Commons.

May is a wonderful time, full of greening trees, warming temperatures, returning birds, and lots and lots of birding festivals. Below we list no fewer than 13 events taking place over the final three weeks.

View our calendar of events.

Add an event to our calendar of events.

May 14-18
Spring into Yellowstone Birding and Wildlife Festival

This five-day festival will feature a trade show, seminars, and guided fieldtrips to the Bighorn Basin, Shoshone National Forest’s Swamp Lake, McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area, Alkali and Beck Lakes, Yellowstone National Park, and other locations. At Cody, Wyoming. Festival website.

Chequamegon Bay_165x157May 15-17
Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival

Mark Peterson, executive director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute of Northland College, and Lizzie Condon of Project Passenger Pigeon will deliver keynotes. Condon and Joel Greenberg co-wrote an article on the Passenger Pigeon that appeared in our February 2014 issue. At Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, Wisconsin. Festival website.

May 15-18
Festival of Birds

Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River across the Sky, will talk about the life and legacy of the Passenger Pigeon, Sue Leaf, author of A Love Affair with Birds, will discuss the the life of Thomas Sadler Roberts, and Carrol Henderson will conduct a workshop on wildlife photography. At Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Festival website.

May 15-18
Kenai Birding Festival

Fieldtrips will visit area hotspots, the movie The Big Year will be shown, and a 24-hour big sit will be held. At Kenai Visitor Center, Kenai, Alaska. Festival website.

May 15-18
Leavenworth Spring BirdFest

Maria Mudd Ruth, author of the book Rare Bird, will discuss the secret life of the Marbled Murrelet, and humorist John Acorn will speak. At Leavenworth, Washington. Festival website.

Read our review of Rare Bird.

PrintMay 15-18
Tawas Point Birding Festival

Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, co-authors of The Warbler Guide, and Sharon Stiteler, a.k.a. Birdchick, will give keynote addresses. At Iosco County, Michigan. Festival website.

May 15-19
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

Fieldtrips during the festival will visit the best birding areas in northern Utah, and Tim Boucher, conservation geographer for the Nature Conservancy, will deliver the keynote, lead fieldtrips, and present a workshop. Read his blog posts. At Farmington, Utah. Festival website.

May 15-June 20
Kirtland’s Warbler Guided Tours

Daily tours begin at the Mio Ranger Station with a short video and presentation. Then participants follow a guide in their own vehicles to the field site, where the guide will lead a short walking tour in the jack pine habitat to view the Kirtland’s warbler and other wildlife. $10. At Mio, Michigan. Tour website.

May 15-July 4
Kirtland’s Warbler Tours

Michigan Audubon Society is working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct guided tours of the protected pine barrens where Kirtland’s Warblers nest. Tours will be based at Hartwick Pines State Park, just north of Grayling, Michigan. Free with state recreation pass. Tour website.

May 16-18
Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival

Enjoy walks along beaches and salt marshes, viewings of shorebird and horseshoe crab interactions along Delaware Bay, naturalist-led horseshoe crab night walks, opportunities to view and participate in shorebird tagging with the International Shorebird Research Team, live horseshoe crab demonstrations, and hands-on education and conservation-based activities and games. At Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Festival website.

NRF_Logo_165x132May 23 – 24
Kirtland’s Warbler and Whooping Crane Fieldtrip

See two of North America’s most endangered birds — Kirtland’s Warbler and Whooping Crane — with biologists involved in restoring them to Wisconsin’s landscape. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation. At Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Fieldtrip website.

May 23-26
Down East Spring Birding Festival

Festival goers will experience the great variety of habitats of Down East Maine — boreal and northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands, extensive tidal flats, and coastal islands. The festival includes a trip to Canada’s Machias Seal Island, the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in the Gulf of Maine. At Trescott, Maine. Festival website.

May 23-26 and May 29-June 1
Huron Fringe Birding Festival

This festival, at MacGregor Point Provincial Park and the nearby Bruce Peninsula, is held annually over two four-day weekends following the Canadian Victoria Day weekend. At Port Elgin, Ontario. 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.

Read about these and other events in our online calendar. You can reach the calendar from any location on our website. Just look for “PHOTOS & CALENDAR” in the black bar at the top of the page. From the pull-down menu, click on “Calendar of events” to view the calendar. Click on “Submit event” to add an event.

View our calendar of events.

Add an event to our calendar of events.

Interested in having Editor Chuck Hagner speak at your event? Send an email.