10 birding events at wildlife refuges in February and March

1/30/2017 | 0

Bald Eagles make great birding events. This pair was in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Bald Eagles make great birding events. This pair was in Pike County, Pennsylvania, January 5, 2008. Photo by Alex Westner.

National wildlife refuges are great places to look for birds. And because many refuges are located along migration routes, they’re also locations for great birding events. Below are 10 fun festivals to put on your calendar in February and March.

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1. Sparrow Fest
February 4
Marble Falls, Texas

This popular sparrow workshop features a single-day workshop and morning and afternoon field trips at Balcones Canyonlands NWR. Sparrow Fest is celebrating its 13th anniversary in 2017.

2. Winter Wings Bird Festival
February 16-19
Klamath Falls, Oregon

The four-day festival offers visitors the chance to visit nearby Lower Klamath NWR, Tule Lake NWR, Crater Lake NP, and other Klamath Basin birding hotspots.

3. Winter Bird Festival
February 11
Burbank, Washington

Discover McNary NWR’s abundance of ducks, swans, geese, and other birds. Enjoy a live-bird program by Blue Mountain Wildlife, wildlife-photography presentations, waterfowl tours, and Sketchout, an art activity for all ages. The Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuge is the host of this festival.

4. Eagle Watching Day
February 11
Brussels, Illinois

Learn about Bald Eagles at Two Rivers NWR, then venture out to watch for eagles with a refuge ranger. Experienced eagle watchers will have spotting scopes at various locations during the day.

5. Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
February 18
Jonathan Dickensen SP, Jupiter, Florida

The festival celebrates the only bird species unique to the Sunshine State. Florida Scrub-Jays are found at Hobe Sound NWR, Lake Wales Ridge NWR, and Merritt Island NWR. Enjoy live music, guided nature walks, live-animal displays, children’s crafts, and environmental exhibits.

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6. San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
February 10-12
Vallejo, California

This event celebrates the one million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, plus hawks and other wildlife, that pass through the bay area. The festival includes field trips to San Pablo Bay NWR.

7. Whooping Crane Festival
February 23-28
Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas, two hours from Aransas NWR, bills itself as “America’s birdiest small coastal city.” Attendees at this festival have a chance to see Whooping Cranes in their winter habitat.

8. San Diego Bird Festival
February 23-26
Marina Village Park, San Diego, California

Field-trip destinations during this festival include San Diego NWR, San Diego Bay NWR, and Tijuana Slough NWR. Also featured are workshops, seabird trips, and cultural activities.

9. Monte Vista Crane Festival
March 10-12
Monte Vista, Colorado

Thrill to the sight of thousands of migrating Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl that stop here each spring. This year’s festival includes bus tours to Monte Vista NWR. Enjoy workshops and birding tours.

10. Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
March 24-26
Othello, Washington

Experience the beauty and wonder of the natural world, highlighted by the return of Sandhill Cranes to the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. Columbia NWR is one of many field-trip destinations. This three-day community event includes wildlife tours, lectures on the area’s natural and cultural heritage, an art contest, and children’s activities.

See more birding events taking place in February.

Birding events taking place in March.

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