The 5th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds takes flight October 15-19, 2020. HIFB’s 2020 theme, “Wanderers and Migrants—Celebrating Hawaii's Avian Voyagers,” will focus on the remarkable number of migratory and accidental avian visitors that arrive in read more >>
Wings Over Willapa is a birding and nature festival held in the Long Beach, WA area the last weekend of every September. A celebration of the natural wonders at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, it features read more >>
The Biggest Week in American Birding is a 10-day festival in northwest Ohio, "The Warbler Capital of the World!" Immerse yourself in spring songbird migration and experience some of the best birding North America has read more >>
Celebrating its 30th year in 2020 as Alaska's oldest and original birding festival! The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is a celebration of migration in and around the fishing (and birding) town of Cordova, Alaska. read more >>
Olympic Birdfest, April 17-19, 2020. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction, raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: Scott Pearson, researcher in Ecology, Marine Biology and Zoology at the Washington Department of read more >>
Last week's Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington joins the familiar La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida and long-staying Garganey (4) in California in the continuing category. The Accentor appears to be pretty pretty reliable these days, which is fantastic for all the birders who have made the trip to see this stunning east Asian vagrant.
Why do you go to birding? Is it to “chase” a rarity? To find one on your own? Is it for exercise? For contemplation? Is it to spend time with friends? To get away from it all? For science? For conservation?
Before we proceed any further, let’s play a little game. Let’s pretend we don’t know where we are. We scan around for clues and we see: Rush hour traffic—check. Pedestrians—check. Palm trees—check. Tall buildings—check. So far, so good. We’re plausibly in any one of those five densely populated cities. Now take a look directly overhead:
The bird stood on the railing just beyond the high-rise hotel where I was staying. Moments earlier, a speedwalker had stopped for a moment to marvel with me at the beautiful beast. “We get a lot of those around here,” he informed me, sensing correctly that I wasn’t a local.
The weekend comprises of a one-day festival on October 12, in downtown Eustis, surrounded by immersive field trips, nature walks, and bird watching Friday, Saturday, and Sunday led by biologists and nature experts. • Friday read more >>