Four fun summer birding festivals

8/4/2017 | 0


An Elegant Trogon at Patagonia Lake State Park, in southeastern Arizona. Photo by Jim Turacek

The summer birding festival season is in full swing. Here are three events happening in August and one in September that will be great fun.

August 10-13
Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

Attendees at this Tucson-based festival will look for Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail, and more. Full- and half-day expert-led field trips explore canyon, mountain, and wetland habitats, and even a ghost town. Photographer and conservationist Paul Bannick will deliver the keynote. Festival website

August 18-20
Plumas Audubon Society Grebe Festival
At this three-day event in Chester, California, participants can witness the “rushing” displays of Western and Clark’s Grebes and get close views of adults and hatchlings during nesting season through field trips on Lake Almanor. Festival website

August 19
Swift Fest at Jonestown
The city of Jonestown, Texas, about 15 minutes northwest of Austin, hosts Swift Fest to celebrate migratory Chimney Swifts. It’s a great event for families and anyone with an interest in birds, wildlife and nature. The highlight of the festival is the swifts’ evening return to their cistern home located downtown, a tornado-like sight that is fascinating to see. Held from 4:30-10 p.m. in downtown Jonestown. Festival website

September 15-17
Hawaii Island Festival of Birds
Attendees will have opportunities to see endemic birds during field trips along the newly created Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail, and in guided boat trips. Guest speakers include author and BirdWatching Contributing Editor Kenn Kaufman, president of the American Birding Association Jeff Gordon, and eBird project leader Brian Sullivan. Festival website


Festivals and events

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