Birding festivals in May 2018 (part two)

4/25/2018 | 0


American Avocet. Photo by Brent Bremer

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Last week, we posted a list of 18 birding festivals slated for the first part of May. Guess what? The second part of the month offers 20 more festivals taking place throughout North America. Find one near you from the list below!

View the first group of festivals here.

May 16-19
Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds

More than 275 species of birds can be found in the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, area because of the variety of ecosystems in the region. Noah Strycker, author of Birding Without Borders, will be the Saturday night keynote speaker. Festival website

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May 17-19
Tawas Point Birding Festival

Come to Michigan’s Sunrise Coast to enjoy spring birding at its best, attend presentations, hone your birding skills, and more. Species highlights have included Kirtland’s, Cape May, and Golden-winged Warblers, kinglets, raptors, shorebirds, and more. Festival website

May 17-19
Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival

The 12th annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival offers three days of birding and nature activities on Wisconsin’s south shore of Lake Superior. Festival website

May 17-20
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

With its rich biodiversity, varying habitats, and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Indiana Dunes is a hotspot for migrant birds. Festival website

May 17-20
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest

Celebrate the return of migratory birds in the midst of peak wildflower season in central Washington State while enjoying field trips, events, and free family activities for all ages and abilities. Festival website

May 17-20
Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival

This four-day festival on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is designed to showcase and celebrate peninsula birds for all ages and abilities. Suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced birder, the festival includes informative sessions, social gatherings, and birding field excursions. Festival website

May 17 -21
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

Field trips, workshops, and activities will highlight Northern Utah’s exceptional bird life. The spotlight species for this year’s festival is American Avocet. George Archibald of the International Crane Foundation will give the keynote. Festival website

May 18-20
Baltimore Birding Weekend

Welcome back warblers, orioles, tanagers, flycatchers, and more during the second annual Spring Baltimore Birding Weekend. No fewer than 18 field trips are planned. Festival website

May 18-20
Cape May Spring Festival

Celebrate spring migration at Cape May, New Jersey, “the center of the birding universe.” The keynote speaker is John Kricher, author of many books, including The New Neotropical Companion. He’ll discuss the subject of his March/April BirdWatching cover story, “Trade Off,” which explains why migratory birds leave the tropics while their close relatives stay behind. Festival website

May 18-20
Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle

Visit Presque Isle State Park, in Erie, Pennsylvania, for a weekend full of a field trips, workshops, and a keynote address from J. Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Festival website

May 18-20
Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is an uncrowded, non-competitive birding opportunity for the whole family. More than 200 species of birds either visit or live year-round at Ladd Marsh, in northeastern Oregon. Festival website

May 18-20
Wings, Waves, and Woods Festival

This three-day event in two island communities in Maine offers birding by foot, by boat, and even by plane. Species that can be seen include Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common Murre, Black Guillemot, and Northern Gannet. Festival website

May 19
Tualatin River Bird Festival

This event, held at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Oregon (Hotspot Near You No. 91), offers guided bird walks, a live bird show, and other fun activities. Festival website

May 19-20
Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend

View Whimbrels, many warbler species, and other birds at Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Ontario (Hotspot Near You No. 164). Enjoy guided nature walks, bird-banding, and evening programs. Festival website

May 25-27
L.L.Bean Birding Festival, in partnership with Maine Audubon

At this event in Freeport, Maine, take a boat trip to explore the birds of Casco Bay, join guided walks, see live bird presentations, or participate in kid’s activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a variety of workshops. Festival website at L.L. Bean / Maine Audubon events page

May 25-27
Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills

With New York’s Catskill Mountains hosting 27 different breeding warblers, the third annual Taking Flight Conference is all about them. Serving as keynote speakers will be Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson, co-authors of The Warbler GuideFestival website

May 25-28
Down East Spring Birding Festival

The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival in eastern Maine provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season: four days of guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations, all led by local guides with local knowledge. Festival website

May 25-28 & May 31-June 3
Huron Fringe Birding Festival

The Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists, and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound, and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Festival website

May 31-June 3
Acadia Birding Festival

Experience the birding wonders of Maine, from boreal forest to ocean – warblers, puffins, and more. This event offer field trips, pelagic trips, paddling adventures, workshops, social gatherings, and evening presentations. Festival website

May 31- June 3
Yakutat Tern Festival

Yakutat, Alaska, is home to one of the largest and southernmost known breeding colonies of Aleutian Terns, and this annual festival celebrates the species. Festival website


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