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White Pelican Celebration

Generally occurs: Early January
Location: Smallwood Store, Chokoloskee, FL.
Address:
Box 310
Chokoloskee, Florida 34138
USA

Description:
White pelicans winter in Chokoloskee Bay. The bay is located in the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park (west). Pelagic tours available by 6 seat motor boat or kayak (advanced reservations required) to approach, observe & photograph white pelicans offshore. Tours will include mangrove islands, home to osprey, bald eagles, egrets, ibis, herons and often, roseate spoonbills. There will be arts & craft booths, local bluegrass, authentic Seminole foods & guided bird walking tours of Chokoloskee Island. Also on hand, local avian experts. For more information, visit http://www.smallwoodstore.com/.

Birds to See:
White pelicans, brown pelicans, osprey, bald eagle, white ibis, snowy egret, great blue herons, little blue heron, double crested cormorant, anhinga, gulls, roseate spoonbill

YUMA BIRD, NATURE & HISTORY FESTIVAL

Generally occurs: Early January
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Address:
233 SOUTH 4TH AVENUE
YUMA, Arizona 85364
USA

Description:
With dozens of activities including field trips and seminars, the Inaugural Bird, Nature & History Festival will immerse you in all of the natural beauty that Yuma and the surrounding area has to offer. Some activities require pre-registration and a fee.

Birds to See:
Abert’s Towhees, Flycatchers, Wrens, Hawks, Spotted Sandpipers, Hummingbirds, Flycatchers, Woodpeckers, Verdins, Warblers, Phainopeplas, Thrashers and maybe Pelicans.

Bald Eagle Days

Generally occurs: Early January
Location: QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, IL
Address:
2621 4th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
USA

Description:
Thousands of residents and visitors turn out for the annual event which includes: live eagle programs and live bird of prey demonstrations, Big Run Wolf Ranch, Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, and Jim Nesci’s cold blood4ed creatures. There are over 100 display booths and a 20-foot climbing tower. Visit the spotting scopes set up and manned by the Quad City Audubon Society at Sunset Marina in Rock Island for a great eagle watching opportunity with free shuttle bus service from the Expo Center. For more information, visit www.qccaexpocenter.com

Birds to See:
BALD EAGLES

Winter Wildlife Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-January
Location: Princess Anne Recreation Center
Address:
1400 Nimmo Parkway
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
USA

Description:
Join Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and experienced guides on excursions throughout the city. This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings. View the list of excursions and learn how to register at www.VBgov.com/WinterWildlife

Birds to See:
Loons, Grebes, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Gannets, Pelicans, Cormorants, Bitterns, Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Hawks, Falcons, Owls, Lark, Swallow, Jay, Crow, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Skua, Gulls, Terns, Skimmers, Sparrow, Cardinals, Warbler, Blackbirds, Finches, Waxwing, Starling, Mockingbird, Kinglets

Everglades Birding Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-January
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FLorida
Address:
5181 SW 27th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
USA

Description:
Explore the unique Everglades ecosystem while searching for 150 plus species.A focus on gaining advanced birding skills with daily mini-workshops, small groups and expert guides. Keynotes, Dinners and Evening Programs.

Birds to See:
Snail Kite. Short-tailed Hawk, Limpkin, Painted Bunting, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Gray-headed Swamphen, Common Myna, Egyptian Goose, Burrowing Owl, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Prairie Warbler, White-winged Parakeet, Monk Parakeet

Wings Over Willcox

Generally occurs: Mid-January
Location: Willcox Community Center 312 W Stewart St
Address:
1500 N Circle I Rd
Willcox, Arizona 85643
USA

Description:
From the rugged peaks of the Dos Cabezas and Chiricahua Mountains to the Dragoon Mountains, stretches the Sulphur Springs Valley, home to diverse plant and animal life. This bio-diverse area from grasslands to sky islands is home to a unique mix of flora and fauna and nearly 500 avian species.

The Magic Circle of Cochise, which begins and ends in Willcox, offers the outdoor nature enthusiast the opportunity to visit some of the best birding and wildlife attractions in southeastern Arizona.

Wings Over Willcox combines, adventure, entertainment and education to provide a fun-filled weekend of outdoor nature pleasure for the novice, the expert and the curious. The Sulpher Springs Valley is Arizona's wintering mecca for Sandhill Cranes, Raptors, and Sparrows. There is a great kids corner. Come and join us for the only winter festival in Arizona.

Birds to See:
Sandhill Cranes—Lots of Sandhill Cranes

Ducks, Geese, Swans and Mergansers: Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwell, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Mexican Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck,

Quail: Scaled, Gamble's

Grebes: Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe

Herons, Cormorants and Ibis: Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-Crowned Night Heron

Hawk, Eagles and Kites: Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (Western Light Morph, Western Rufous Morph, Western Dark Morph), Fuerte's, Krider's, Ferruginous Hawk (Dark Morph), Rough Legged Hawk

Falcons: American Kestrel, Merlin (Taiga), Prairie Falcon

Nuthatches: White-breasted Nuthatch

Cranes and Rails: American Coot, Sandhill Crane (Lesser and Greater)

Plowers, Sandpipers and Allies: Killdeer, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe

Doves: Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collard Dove, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Ground Dove

Roadrunners: Great Roadrunner

Owls: Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl

Woodpeckers: Acorn Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker

Flycatchers: Black Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird

Titmice, Verdin and Bushtit: Bridled Titmouse

Wrens: Cactus Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewicks Wren

Thrushes: Western Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin

Wood Warblers: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat

Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Northern Mockingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher

Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Great-tailed Gackle

Sparrows, Towhees and Longspurs: Spotted Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Abert's Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Vespar Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (Grey-headed)

Kinglet's and Gnatctachers: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Jay's and Ravens: Mexican Jay, Common Raven, Shrikes, Loggerhead Shrike

Finches: House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch

Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow

North Shore Birding Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-January
Location: Lake Apopka North Shore, northwest of Orlando
Address:
P.O. Box 941142
Maitland,, Florida 32794
USA

Description:
The North Shore Birding Festival is perfect for birders visiting Florida wanting to learn more from knowledgeable birding guides. Add to your life list at an amazing birding area northwest of Orlando, the Lake Apopka North Shore (Zellwood). 360+ species have been sighted on this 20,000-acre lake restoration area, more than any other inland location. Full-day and half-day trips are offered, with driving entry behind normally closed gates and excellent celebrity and local guides. After the trips, join us for interesting keynotes with dinners. All events are economically priced, with no registration fee. Proceeds go toward Orange Audubon Society's nature center fund. For more information visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org/festival and facebook.com/northshorebirdingfestival.

Birds to See:
Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Purple Gallinule, Black-crowned Night-Heron, American Bittern, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork, Wood Duck, Eastern Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Vermillion Flycatcher, Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Florida Scrub-Jay, Bachman's Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-headed Woodpecker, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Mottled Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin. Groove-billed Ani and other off-course rarities may show up.

Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway

Generally occurs: Late January
Location: Chico, CAlifornia
Address:
P. O. Box 1063
Chico, California 95927
USA

Description:
Our action-packed 5-day event celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call the Northern Sacramento Valley their home during the winter months. FIELD TRIPS * WORKSHOPS * ACTIVITIES * ART SHOW * BANQUET & SILENT AUCTION Choose from over 70 field trips and workshops that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of interests. Free nature activities are offered for youth as well as armchair adventures for all. View impressive art at our Wildlife Art Exhibit and join us for our " Gathering of Wings" Banquet & Silent Auction, Saturday night.

Birds to See:
Pied-Billed Grebe,Horned Grebe,Eared Grebe,Western, Grebe,Clark’s Grebe,Double-crested Cormorant,American White Pelican,Great Blue Heron,Great Egret,Snowy Egret,Cattle Egret,Black-crowned Night Heron,White-faced Ibis,Turkey Vulture,Greater White-fronted Goose,Snow Goose including ,Blue Morph Snow Goose,Ross’s Goose including -Blue Morph Ross’s Goose,Cackling Goose,Canada Goose,Tundra Swan ,WoodDuck,Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal Canvasback,Redhead,Ring-necked Duck,Lesser Scaup,Bufflehead,Common Goldeneye,Barrow’s Goldeneye,Hooded Merganser,Common Merganser,Ruddy Duck,Osprey,White-tailed Kite,Golden Eagle,Bald Eagle,Northern Harrier,Sharp-shinned Hawk,Cooper’s Hawk,Red-shouldered Hawk,Red-tailed Hawk,Ferruginous Hawk,Rough-legged Hawk,American Kestrel,Merlin,Peregrine Falcon,Prairie Falcon,Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, California Quail, Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Tree Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren ,Bewick’s Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Varied Thrush ,Northern Mockingbird, California Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Phainopepla, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler including – , Audubon’s & Myrtle Warblers, Spotted Towhee, California Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Bell’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer’s Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, House Sparrow,Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Barn Owl ,Western Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, White-throated Swift, Anna’s Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Black Phoebe, Say’s Phoebe, Vermillion Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, California Scrub-Jay, Black-billed Magpie Yellow-billed Magpie, American Crow

Galt Winter Bird Festival

Generally occurs: Late January
Location: McCaffrey Middle Schoo, 997 Park Terrace Drive, Galt, CA 95632
Address:
380 Civic Drive
Galt, California 95632
USA

Birds to See:
Birds and habitat native to the Cosumnes River Preserve and Pacific Coast Flyway.

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

Generally occurs: Late January
Location: Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus 1311 N. US1 Titusville, FL 32796
Address:
P, O, 1972
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
USA

Description:
Festival activities feature unique birding, wildlife, nature, technology, cultural/historical and photography field trips, offshore birding boat trip, classroom and evening keynote presentations as well as an Art Competition and Show and Nature-based Exhibits. Nationally recognized naturalists, scientists, biologists, photographers and ornithologists lead the Festival events and are available to participants for one-on-one discussions and instructions. The Festival has been named many times as a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society. For more information visit www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org

Birds to See:
Florida Scrub jay, Least Tern, Rosette Spoonbill, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Crested Caracaras, Bald Eagles, Black Whistling Ducks, Bachman's Sparrow, Osprey, Immature Ibis, Purple Gallinule, Great Blue Heron, White Pelican......
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