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Yucatan Bird Festival TOH

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Address:
[email protected]
Mérida, 97205
Mexico

Description:
Long ago, the magic of the turquoise plumage of the Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) inspired the creation of the Yucatan Bird Festival "Toh". Ever since, every year, from April to November, the Festival hosts many activities related to the incredible bird diversity of Yucatan, like birdwatching tours, birding and photography workshops, photo and drawing contest, conferences, ecotourism events, activities for kids among others. The main event of the festival is the Bird-a-thon Xoc ch'ich' (“bird count” in maya).

Birds to See:
The Yucatan endemics: Mexican sheartail, Black throated Bobwhite, Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Poorwill, Yellow lored Parrot, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan jay, Black catbird, Orange Oriole. Also, over a 200 species included: Blue winged Teal, Plain Chachalaca, American Flamingo,Wood Stork, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Boat billed Heron, White ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey, Grey Hawk, Purple Gallinule, PLOVERS, TERNS, FLYCATCHERS, WARBLERS Squirrel Cuckoo, American Pygmy Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Bat Falcon, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Northern cardinal, Painted bunting, Indigo bunting, White eyed vireo, among others.

Galveston FeatherFest

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Galveston Island, Texas
Address:
PO Box 1468
Galveston, Texas 77553
USA

Description:
If you’re a serious or casual bird-watcher or nature photographer…..an experienced or new outdoor enthusiast…..or someone who wants some exercise, fresh air and sunshine and something different to do…..you’ll want to join us at FeatherFest. There’s no need to be shy – the majority of our guests are not birding or nature photography experts! Thousands of birds take wing to our island each spring during an arduous northward migration across the Gulf from Central and South America. And hundreds of tourists and neighbors follow suit to see more than 200 species of brightly-colored birds strut their stuff around our hometown – a prime location along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Register today at GalvestonFeatherFest.com

Birds to See:
Specialty birds in the area include: Reddish Egret, White-tailed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, Common and Pacific Loon, Glossy and White faced Ibis, Mottled Duck, Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Crested Caracara, Yellow Rail, Purple Gallinule, Piping Plover, Monk Parakeet, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Seaside and LeConte's Sparrows, Boat-tailed Grackle, and Bronzed Cowbirds. Rookies with nesting egrets, herons, cormorants, are spectacular! Comparisons of Short-billed and Long-Billed Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Clapper and King Rails, 4 species of small plovers and sandpipers. Seven species of terns give birders the opportunity to compare and contrast birds in the same family. The wintering and migrating shorebirds like Sanderling, Red Knott, Dunlin, Willet and Black-bellied Plover offer comparison of winter and breeding plumages. With over 30 species of migrating warblers, vireos, flycatchers, grosbeaks and buntings make FeatherFest a birders' dream festival.

Great Louisiana BirdFest

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Southeast Louisiana various locations
Address:
P.O. Box 8511
Mandeville, Louisiana 70470
USA

Description:
For the past 20 years, the Northlake Nature Center has sponsored the Great Louisiana BirdFest during the spring migration. This is the time when numerous migrant bird species come from Mexico and South America across the Gulf of Mexico and pass through south Louisiana on their way to their summer territories. Birders travel from all corners of the U.S. and from other countries to participate because our area is a prime bird watching location and the Great Louisiana BirdFest is considered one of the premier birding events in the country. Join us and enjoy what people travel long distances to see, this wonderful environment of Southeast Louisiana that is in our own backyard. Expert birdwatchers as well as novices are welcome to attend one or more of the available birding trips, the social, and the park crawl.

Birds to See:
Brown Pelican, Great Blue, Tricolored, Yellow-crowned Night, Black-crowned Night and Little Blue Herons; Cattle, White and Snowy Egrets; White Ibis; Wood and Mottled Ducks; Black Vulture; Osprey, Northern Harrier, Caspian, Royal and Forster’s Terns; Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, : Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Prothonotary, Hooded Warblers and many other species of warblers; Boat-tailed Grackle, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons; Wood Duck, Clapper Rail, Common Nighthawk, Great-horned, Screech, and Barred Owls, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal,White Ibis, American Coots, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mallards, Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls and Wood Ducks, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Mississippi Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Kildeer, Laughing Gull, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech-Owl, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Great-crested Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, American Crow, Carolina Wren, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Boat-tailed Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird,Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Black-bellied Whistling ducks and other species of ducks,Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Wood Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue, Little Blue, Tricolor and Green Herons, Great, Snowy, and Cattle Egrets, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, White Ibis, Black and Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawks, Killdeer, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoo, Barred Owl, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, Pileated and Northern Flicker, Acadian Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, Blue Jay, American and Fish Crows, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn and Cliff Swallows, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Carolina, House and Marsh Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Gray-cheeked, Swainson's, Hermit and Wood Thrushes, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged, Tennessee, Orange-crowned, Northern Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Cape May (very rare), Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Yellow-throated, Pine, Bay-breasted, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Prothonotary, Swainson's, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, Yellow-breasted Chat Warblers, Eastern Towhee, Chipping, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, and American Goldfinch,Loggerhead shrikes, Eastern Meadowlarks, Barn and Cliff Swallows, Ospreys, Black-necked Stilts,Great Blue and Green Herons; Great and Cattle Egrets; Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Bobwhite, Killdeer, Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers; Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker, Acadian and Great-crested Flycatcher; White-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Pine-, Prothonotary- and Hooded Warblers; Summer Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Orchard Oriole Baltimore Oriole Orchard Oriole.

Mackinaw Raptor Fest

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Mackinaw City, Michigan
Address:
P. O. Box 423
Cheboygan, Michigan 49721
USA

Description:
The Mackinaw Raptor Fest provides an entertaining and educational showcase to promote public awareness and knowledge of raptors and waterbirds and the significance of Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac during migration. It promotes positive public attitudes towards raptors and waterbirds and their importance to the environment.

Birds to See:
Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture

Nebraska Prairie-Chicken Festival

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Calamus Outfitters/Switzer Ranch
Address:
83720 Valleyview Ave
Burwell, Nebraska 68823
USA

Description:
The Nebraska Prairie-Chicken Festival aims to celebrate prairie grouse species, the grasslands they inhabit and the culture that surrounds them. Greater Prairie-Chicken and Sharp-tailed Grouse viewing highlight this spring birding festival. Additional birding excursions, informative and entertaining speakers, great food and the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, make for a fun-filled weekend.

Birds to See:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Harney County Migratory Bird Festival

Generally occurs: Early April
Location: Burns, OR
Address:
484 N Broadway
Burns, Oregon 97720
USA

Description:
Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see them all! The festival offers non-stop birding activities as well as historical and cultural information sure to entertain you and your family. So whether you're a beginner or a life-long wildlife enthusiast, the festival has something for everyone. Don't miss this extraordinary weekend. Visit the Festival Web Site for more information about the festival and how to register.

Atlanta Bird Fest

Generally occurs: Mid-April
Location: Atlanta Bird Fest will feature more than 20 events at various locations throughout Georgia with most events taking place in or near metro-Atlanta.
Address:
Various locations throughout Atlanta and Georgia (Atlanta Audubon Society, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga, 30342)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
USA

Description:
Presented by Atlanta Audubon Society, Atlanta Bird Fest offers something for both casual and more experienced nature and bird observers.

Birds to See:
Georgia is located in the Atlantic Flyway and this festival takes place during spring migration. Attendees can expect to see migrating warblers, such as Cerulean, Tennessee, Magnolia, Cape May; the Georgia endemic species, such as Brown-headed Nuthatch; a variety of sparrows, including Fox and Grasshopper; and resident raptors and woodpeckers, including Red-cockaded.

Birding in Marion County, WV at Pricketts Fort

Generally occurs: Mid-April
Location: Pricketts Fort State Park, 88 State Park Rd., Fairmont WV 26554
Address:
88 State Park Road
Fairmont, West Virginia 26554
USA

Birds to See:
Song Birds, Birds of Prey

Chipola Feather Fest

Generally occurs: Mid-April
Location: Marianna, Florida Panhandle
Address:
[email protected]
Marianna, Florida 32446
USA

Description:
Come join us for a celebration of birds and wildlife in the beautiful Florida Panhandle, home to the world's largest population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.

Birds to See:
Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow, Swainson's Warbler, Snowy Plover, Purple Gallinule, Least Bittern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Northern Bobwhite, Prothonotary Warbler, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Chuck-will's-widow, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole, Cliff Swallow

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration

Generally occurs: Mid-April
Location: Grand Isle Multiplex, 143 Ludwig Ln, Grand Isle, LA 70358
Address:
2757 LA-1
Grand Isle, Louisiana 70358
USA

Description:
See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in the marshes and raptors overhead. Grand Isle is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico and is one of the best places in the world to see and study birds up close. Join the fun! Birding tours, keynote speaker, arts and crafts and more!
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