February offers 13 birding festivals taking place throughout the country, and each provides birders the opportunity to see a variety of different species including eagles, sparrows, Whooping Crane, Florida Scrub-Jay, and Burrowing Owl.
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South Florida Exotics Tour
Guides will lead birders in search of parrots, bulbuls, mynas, swamphens, and other introduced species in this all-day van trip in Miami. Festival website
The central Texas Hill Country is one of the best locations in the U.S. to study native sparrows in late winter, and SparrowFest focuses on field identification of 20+ species. Festival website
Laredo Birding festival
Birders will have an opportunity to deepen their birding knowledge of South Texas and explore areas along Laredo’s riverfront, creek systems, nature trails, and private ranchland. Festival website
High Plains Snow Goose Festival
The annual Snow Goose festival in Lamar, Colorado, includes tours and presentations. This year’s keynote speaker is Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine and author of five bird books. Festival website
San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
The 24th annual festival celebrates the migration through San Francisco Bay of more than 1 million shorebirds, and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, hawks, and other wildlife at the peak of migration. Festival website
Winter Wings Festival
Celebrate the largest wintering population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states as well as the many other birds that make the Klamath Basin, in Klamath, Oregon, their home at the 40th annual Winter Wings Festival. Festival website
Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival
This three-day festival in Meadowlands, Minnesota, is a weekend full of field trips, good food, and world-class speakers. Festival website
Whooping Crane Festival
The Whooping Crane Festival invites birders, photographers, and families to Port Aransas, Texas, to celebrate the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Festival website
Meet with birders, watch a live raptor presentation, and take boat tours around Morgan City, Louisiana, for a chance to see eagles at the 14th Annual Eagle Expo. Festival website
Florida Scrub-Jay Festival
The festival will include guided nature walks through Jupiter, Florida, kids’ activities, music, a keynote presentation, and Q&A with a panel of experts, live animals, and more. Festival website
Burrowing Owl Festival
Celebrate Cape Coral, Florida’s official city bird during the 17th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival. Programs include nature walks, live animals, and hands-on activities for children. Festival website
California Duck Days
California Duck Days is a family-oriented, community-based outdoor festival with activities for people of all ages. Field trips around Davis, California, are led by some of the region’s most experienced birders and naturalists. Festival website
February 27-March 3
San Diego Bird Festival
This festival celebrates the wild birds and habitats of San Diego County, which offers some of the best birding in the U.S. Festival website
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