November 2018 birding festivals

birding festivals
Bald Eagle in British Columbia. Photo by Tony Joyce

November offers birding festivals that celebrate two abundant, beloved North American birds: Sandhill Crane and Bald Eagle. This month, you can also attend excellent festivals in Texas, California, Israel, and Mexico. Check out the details in the roundup of eight festivals below!

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November 2-4
Sandhill Crane Festival

Join thousands of birders in Lodi, California, to celebrate the return of Sandhill Cranes at the end of their migratory journey. Festival website

November 7-10
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

Haines, Alaska, is known as the Valley of the Eagles due to chum and Coho salmon attracting between 2,000 and 4,000 Bald Eagles annually. The festival is your chance to witness this marvel. Festival website

November 7-11
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

Head to Harlingen, Texas, for the 25th annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, which offers great birds, excellent guiding, educational seminars, rousing socials, and fun. Festival website

November 14-17
Festival of the Cranes

The Festival of the Cranes is a great way to celebrate Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, New Mexico, and the return of Sandhill Cranes to the area. Festival website

November 15-18
Central Valley Birding Symposium

Considered one of the premier birding events in the West, the Central Valley Birding Symposium in Stockton, California, offers well-known speakers, multiple field trips, artists’ displays, vendors, and more. Festival website

November 17-18
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates the beauty and biodiversity of the Fraser River Valley of Mission, Brittish Columbia, by honoring the Bald Eagle and its prey — salmon. Festival website

November 22-28
Hula Valley Bird Festival

The combination of great weather, fantastic birds, wildlife, and memorable migration moments offered by Kfar Blum, Israel, makes this a top international birding event. Festival website

November 23-25
Bird-a-thon Xoc ch’ich’

The Bird-a-thon Xoc chi’iich’ is the pinnacle of the Yucatan Bird Festival “Toh,” and celebrates the bird diversity of Yucatan, Mexico, with birdwatching tours, workshops, and more. Festival website

Find more festivals and events in our calendar!