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.
1. Sparrow Fest
Marble Falls, Texas
2. Winter Wings Bird Festival
Klamath Falls, Oregon
3. Winter Bird Festival
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
5. Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
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.
6. San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
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
Port Aransas, Texas
8. San Diego Bird Festival
Marina Village Park, San Diego, California
9. Monte Vista Crane Festival
Monte Vista, Colorado
10. Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
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.
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