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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023, the Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival is Arizona’s premiere winter birding festival. Each year, during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, birders and nature lovers gather in Willcox to take part in tours, attend seminars, and participate in the Nature Expo which includes live animals, nature-related vendors, informative exhibits, and activities for kids. Willcox is known as The Mecca for Wintering Sandhill Cranes, Raptors and Sparrows. More than 47,000 cranes were counted in southeastern Arizona last January.


30 th Anniversary Reception – Willcox Community Center – Free
Thursday 6:00-7:30 p.m. with live music and hors d’oeuvres
Nature Expo – Willcox Community Center – Free
Live animal displays, educational exhibits, and vendors
Thursday 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday/Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Seminars – Willcox Community Center – Free

Friday 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Gartersnakes Beginning Birding Sandhill Cranes Adventures in Birding

Saturday 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Borderland Jaguars Night Life of Bats Owls & Night Birds
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
The Art of Falconry Cranes of the World Bird Call Impersonations

Sunday 9:00 a.m. Rattlesnake Family Life

Banquet & Keynote Speaker Rick Wright
Saturday 5:50 to 9:00 p.m. at Elks Lodge (reservations required)


Thursday thru Sunday information at
Register online or at the Registration Desk for available tour spots.


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