Birding festivals scheduled for December 2018

Sandhill Cranes
Photo by Jerry Goldner

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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December 1-2
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

December 7-9
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

December 8
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

December 8-9
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