12 birding festivals on tap for June 2018

5/22/2018 | 1

Kirtland Warbler

A Kirtland’s Warbler photographed near Tawas, Michigan. Photo by Paul Poronto

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June offers birders a dozen festivals to meet fellow birdwatchers, learn more about birds from around North America, and of course, add species such as Kirtland’s Warbler (pictured above) to their life lists. Learn more about each one and find links to their sites here:

May 31-June 3
Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival in Sisters, Oregon, offers birders a chance to see up to 11 different species of woodpecker and about 200 different bird species in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Festival website

June 1-3
Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay (soon to be known as Canada Jay), and other boreal species are the stars of this three-day festival. It’s held at the Paul Smith’s College VIC in Paul Smith’s, New York. Festival website

June 1-2
Kirtland’s Warbler Festival

This event in northern Michigan will include tours of Jack pine forests (Kirtland’s Warbler habitat), nature presentations, a craft and vendor show, and the official opening of the Ausable Birding Trail. Festival website and Facebook page

June 1-3
Hatchie BirdFest

See birds at Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge in Brownsville, Tennessee, and enjoy speakers, demonstrations, hikes, and exhibitors. Perfect for seasoned birders or beginners. Festival website

June 2-3
Cerulean Warbler Weekend

Located in scenic Barry County, Michigan, Cerulean Warbler Weekend is the time and place to see the iconic Cerulean Warbler as well as Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, Alder, Acadian, and Willow Flycatchers, Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireos, and Hooded Warbler. Festival website

June 8-10
Wings Across the Big Sky Bird Festival

This festival provides birders with plenty of opportunities to take field trips in northwest Montana. Plus, hear from conservationist Stuart Stahl, the keynote speaker, who will present “Birds, People & Communities: Charting the Future of Conservation.” Festival website

June 13-17
Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival

This is your chance to spend four days of birding in a prairie wild with wetlands and wavy, open meadows. The headquarters is in Carrington, North Dakota. Highlight species include Baird’s, LeConte’s, and Nelson Sparrows, Upland Sandpiper, and Franklin’s Gull. Festival website

June 16
Camrose Purple Martin Festival

This event in Camrose, Alberta, will include panel discussions for martin landlords and bus tours to Purple Martin sites in the city. Featured speakers include photographer Don Delaney and Corey Scobie, assistant curator of ornithology at the Royal Alberta Museum. Festival website

June 15-17
Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua

The Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua, in Lee Vining, California, brings birders together to enhance appreciation and understanding of the Mono Basin’s diverse and abundant bird life and to educate the public about the area’s value to birds and people. Festival website

June 17

Celebrate summer with live birds of prey and live music at RaptorFest, at the base of Snow King in Jackson, Wyoming. Festival website

June 22-24
San Francisco Bay Osprey Days

Join fellow birdwatchers in celebrating the relatively new phenomenon of Osprey nesting in San Francisco Bay. The festival includes guided hikes, driving tours, and boat trips to see nesting Osprey. Festival website

June 24
Lake Tahoe Bird Festival

Learn about bird research happening in the Lake Tahoe area, take a guided bird walk with local experts, and see live birds of prey as falconers will be on hand the entire day. It’s all happening at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe, California. Festival website


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  • Jean Lamoreaux

    Thornapple Woodpecker Festival, Middleville Michigan is April 27, 2019. Sponsored by Grand Rapids Audubon. There was one on April 28, 2018.