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Birding festivals happening in May 2022

American Redstart by Michael Rossacci - Birding festivals happening in May 2022
American Redstart. Photo by Michael Rossacci

With the worst part of the pandemic behind us (fingers crossed!), we’re excited to see that so many birding festivals are taking place this spring. This list includes 37 festivals taking place in May. (Some of them begin in late April, and one takes place the last weekend of May and the first weekend of June.)

Gulf Coast Spring Fling


Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana, Texas


Migratory Bird Fest and Birdathon


San Antonio, Texas


Stikine River Birding Festival


Wrangell, Alaska


Georgia Bird Fest


Atlanta, Georgia


Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

Hybrid festival with virtual presentations and resources for self-guided shorebird viewing.


Hoquiam, Washington


Mountain Plover Festival


Karval, Colorado


International Festival of Owls


Houston, Minnesota


Point Pelee Festival of Birds


Point Pelee National Park, Ontario


New River Birding & Nature Festival

MAY 2-7

Fayette County, West Virginia


Southwest Wings Spring Fling

MAY 4-7

Sierra Vista, Arizona


Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

MAY 4-8

Homer, Alaska


Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

MAY 5-8

Cordova, Alaska


Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

MAY 6-8

Horicon, Wisconsin


Biggest Week In American Birding

MAY 6-15

Oregon, Ohio


Arrow Rock Birds & Bees Festival


Arrow Rock, Missouri


Wings Over the Rockies Nature Festival

MAY 9-15

Invermere, British Columbia


Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

MAY 12-15

Indiana Dunes National Park, Chesterton, Indiana


Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

MAY 12-15

Farmington, Utah


Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle

MAY 13-15

Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania


Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest

MAY 13-15

Ellensburg, Washington


Creston Valley Bird Festival

MAY 13-15

Creston, British Columbia


Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills

MAY 13-15

Route Top, New York


Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

MAY 13-15

Fountain, Colorado


Tawas Point Migration

MAY 13-15

East Tawas, Michigan


Brew City Birding Festival

MAY 14-21

Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Prince Edward Point Spring Birding Festival

MAY 14-23

Prince Edward, Ontario


Derby Hill Bird Festival

MAY 15

Derby Hill Bird Observatory, Mexico, New York


Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds

MAY 19-21

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


Cape May Spring Festival

MAY 19-22

Cape May, New Jersey


Leavenworth Spring BirdFest

MAY 19-22

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Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities

MAY 20-22

Bloomington, Minnesota


Wings, Waves & Woods Festival

MAY 20-22

Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine


Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

MAY 21

La Grande, Oregon


Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival

MAY 21

Stone Harbor, New Jersey


Tualatin River Bird Festival

MAY 21

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, Oregon


Huron Fringe Birding Festival

MAY 27-30 and JUNE 2-5

MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin, Ontario


Down East Spring Birding Festival

MAY 27-29

Trescott, Maine


Find a list of late April festivals

Check back soon for more festival listings in upcoming months, or view our calendar of events.


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