Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

Date: Second weekend in November annually; November 11-15, 2020 Location: The heart of the Rio Grande Valley: Harlingen, TX Summary: This festival has it all. First and foremost, the birding is phenomenal. Not only are there exciting speciality species (think Green Jay, Altamira Oriole, Common Paruaque, Least Grebe, Aplomado Falcon, and so many more), but this is also…

San Diego Bird Festival

Date: Late February/early March annually; February 26-March 1, 2020 Location: Guess! San Diego, CA Summary: Woah, west-coast birding. I haven’t had many opportunities to bird the extreme west of the US, so this was a ton of fun for me in 2019. The festival trips go far and wide to get a diversity of birders in one of…

Cape May Fall Festival

Date: Mid-October annually; October 15-18, 2020 Location: Cape May, New Jersey, of course! Summary: So. Many. Birds. That should say it all. Check back soon for more information about this festival.  My involvement: I first attended the festival in 2019. And I’ll be back, every year! Fun fact: This festival is the longest running birding festival in the country. Don’t…

The Biggest Week in American Birding

Date: Early May, annually; May 8-17, 2020 Location: Oregon, Ohio (Northwest Ohio) Summary: If there were ever a birding festival to call for no introduction, it’s Biggest Week. And if there were ever a time to use a “birders are flocking” pun, it’s now. The “Warbler Capital of the World” is right on the Magee Marsh boardwalk, where…