With the holiday season upon us, birding festivals are less common in December. However, there are still several great events taking place, offering birders a chance to see eagles, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and more!
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Loess Bluffs Eagle Days
The 40th annual Eagle Days at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City, Missouri, will include live eagle shows, staffed spotting-scope stations, guided bus tours, exhibits, activities, videos, and more! Festival website
Wings Over Water Encore
Whether you missed October’s Wings Over Water Festival or are looking for a reason to go birding again in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina, the Encore Festival is your chance. Festival website
Swan Days Festival
The Swan Days Festival is a celebration of the return of the Alaskan Tundra Swans to Lake Mattamuskeet on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. Festival website
Holiday with the Cranes
For a unique holiday experience, spend a winter weekend in Galveston, Texas, celebrating the return of the island’s wintering Sandhill Cranes. The weekend will be chock-full of indoor and outdoor nature activities. Festival website