311 Main St.
Alma, Nebraska 68920
Thousands of American White Pelicans stop at the Harlan County Reservoir in south-central Nebraska to feed before continuing their northern migration. They can usually be seen easily from shorelines, marinas, campgrounds, etc., but the flocks do move around from place to place on the lake. There is no fee to view the birds. Free birding boat tours for out of town visitors are offered in late March and early April; must have advance reservation.
Species list from a previous boat tour: Snow Goose 34, Canada Goose 12, Wood Duck 8, Gadwall 125, American Wigeon 45, Mallard 1250, Blue-winged Teal 75, Cinnamon Teal 1 drake with possible Cinnamon Teal hen, Northern Shoveler 275, Northern Pintail 750, Green-winged Teal 175, Bufflehead 1, Ruddy Duck 3, Ring-necked Pheasant 2, Double-crested Cormorant 675, American White Pelican 550, Great Blue Heron 36 (rookery of 25+ nests), Turkey Vulture 35, Northern Harrier 1, Bald Eagle 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Coot 28, Killdeer 8, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Wilson's Snipe 3, Franklin's Gull 6, Ring-billed Gull 42, Eurasian Collared-Dove 2, Mourning Dove 4, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, American Kestrel 1, Eastern Phoebe 2, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 6, Tree Swallow 13, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, American Robin 16, European Starling 9, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2, Song Sparrow 17, Northern Cardinal 2, Red-winged Blackbird 75, Common Grackle 50, Brown-headed Cowbird 3, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 8, House Sparrow 7
PO Box 536
Houston, Minnesota 55943
Immerse yourself in owls at the only annual, full-weekend, all-owl festival in North America. Highlights include nine species of live owls (including a Snowy Owl and a flying Barn Owl), owl prowls to call in wild owls, a birding and natural history bus trip, and learn from Spotted Owl and Blakiston's Fish Owl experts from the U.S. and Japan. Families can build an owl nest box, dissect an owl pellet, make a variety of owl crafts, buy owl merchandise, enjoy owl art and photography, and have a hoot eating owl-themed food. The whole city of Houston gets involved!
Captive: Eurasian Eagle Owl, Snowy Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, American Barn Owl, European Barn Owl, Long-eared Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Short-eared Owl. Wild: possibly Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, and/or Eastern Screech-Owl
89 H St NE
Linton, Indiana, Indiana 47441
This is a family friendly event. We have crafts such as bird house building for kids, speakers, birds of prey, reptiles, vendors of various handmade products, food, and of course tours of the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.
In past festivals visitors have seen Sandhill Cranes, herons, whooping cranes, pelicans, eagles, and a wide variety of other intriguing birds.
728 Peace Portal Drive
Blaine, Washington 98230
All day birding expo features guided tours of Drayton Harbor shoreline, sea cruises, photography workshops, exhibits, arts & crafts, raptor demonstrations, and more.
Eagles, hawks, variety of ducks, Brant Goose, Black Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Great Blue Heron, Common Loon, Grebes, and many more.
PO Box 585
Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
Every year, like clockwork, nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes descend on Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley for a six-week stopover to rest and refuel before continuing their northward migration. To celebrate the cranes’ return the town of Monte Vista hosts the Monte Vista Crane Festival. The highlight of the festival is the opportunity for close-up views of thousands of cranes at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge as they prance and display for each other, lift off en masse in the mornings, and return to their roosting spots at sunset. In addition to the cranes, many Canada Geese and ducks visit the wetlands of this high-altitude desert framed by 14,000-foot snow-covered mountain peaks. Photographic possibilities are endless when these avian visitors fill the skies over the wildlife refuge. Activities during the Monte Vista Crane Festival include interpreter-led bus tours to view the cranes as well as field trips to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Penitente Canyon Recreational Area and tours to view local raptors.
Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Northern Pintail, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Bald Eagle
Othello, Washington 99344
For two decades we have celebrated the annual return of nearly 35,000 sandhill cranes to Othello, Washington every March as they migrate north to their breeding grounds in Alaska. The Festival offers an incredible opportunity to view the cranes up-close, with tours led by local experts. The festival also boasts other specialty tours of the flora, fauna and geology of the area, and many lectures, as well as children's activities, vendors, WSU Raptor Club, food and much more.
Loggerhead Shrike, Say's Phoebe, Western Meadowlark, Western Canada Geese, Mallards, Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night-Herons, Great Blue Herons, American Bitterns, White-faced Ibises, Lazuli Buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Bullock's Orioles, Canada and Cackling Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Barn Swallow, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, California Quail, Chukar, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Say's Phoebe