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Say Hola To Our Feathered Friends in South Texas! Taking place Feb. 1-4 in part of the “birdiest” corridor in North America, the 11th Laredo Birding Festival is a three-day event offering birders a variety of full-day scenic trips to take part in. Planned by The Rio Grande International Study Center and escorted by professional field guides and members of the local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, bird watchers will have the opportunity to deepen their avian knowledge of South Texas and explore areas along Laredo’s riverfront, creek systems, nature trails, and private ranchland, some of which have never been birded before. With nearly 200 species of magnificent birds just waiting to be spotted, birding enthusiasts will fall in love with Laredo and the rich and diverse river eco-system that awaits along the Rio Grande.

Championing women in birding, the festival has enlisted an all-female lineup of guest speakers for 2023! Tiffany Kersten, 2021 ABA Big Year record for most bird identifications in the lower 48 states within a calendar year, will be the Keynote Speaker. Accompanying her as guest speakers will be Laura Keene, ABA record holder for a distinctive “Photographic Big Year” category, and Fabiola Baeza-Tarin, a Research Assistant in the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station.