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Hillman Marsh Shorebird Celebration

Generally occurs: Throughout May
Location: Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, 1826 Mersea Road 2, Leamington, ON N8H 3V7
Address:
360 Fairview Avenue West
Essex, Ontario N8M 1Y6
Canada

Description:
Join experts from the Ontario Field Ornithologists at the Hillman Marsh Shorebird Habitat. This constructed cell is one of a kind in North America and attracts dozens of unique shorebird species. Enjoy the comfort of the sheltered viewing station with the experts. Viewing station includes brand new Shorebird & Waterfowl identification signs. Stick around to enjoy a self-guided hike along 5 kilometres of trails at this beautiful conservation area.

Birds to See:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Coot, Killdeer, Dunlin, American Avocet, Piping Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-necked Stilt, Wilson’s Snipe, Willet, Western Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope.

North Cheyenne Canyon Hummingbird Experience

Generally occurs: Throughout May
Location: Cheyenne Canon
Address:
2120 S Cheyenne Canyon Park Rd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
USA

Description:
The festival promises to be a special event! Spring migration in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is often full of surprises. El Paso County, where the short-grass prairies rise to meet the majestic top of Pikes Peak, has much to offer.

Festival of Birds - Point Pelee National Park

Generally occurs: Throughout May
Location: Point Pelee National Park
Address:
407 Monarch Lane
Leamington, Ontario N8H3V4
Canada

Description:
Enjoy spring birding from one of the locations for migration in North America. Forty-one of the 51 regularly occurring North American warblers have been spotted at Point Pelee. These colourful songbirds are in full breeding plumage and fill the woods with song. The festival features birding hikes, lunch & learn sessions, the 100 Species Challenge, shorebird viewing and a wide range of services for expert and novice birders alike. Festival runs from the beginning of May to Victoria Day each year.

Birds to See:
Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Chuck-will's-widow, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Long-billed Dowitcher, American Woodcock, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs. Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Bonaparte's Gull, Little Gull, Laughing Gull, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Mississippi Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Bell's Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Horned Lark, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch ,White-breasted Nuthatch ,Brown Creeper ,House Wren, Winter Wren, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson's Thrush Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, House Sparrow, American Pipit, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Lapland Longspur, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow , Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler. Nashville Warbler. Connecticut Warbler. Mourning Warbler. Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Kirtland's Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler , Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel

Annual Spring Bird Walks

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

Description:
Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public.

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

Generally occurs: Early May
Location: Cordova, Alaska
Address:
Cordova Chamber of Commerce PO Box 99
Cordova, Alaska 99574
USA

Description:
EXPERIENCE THE AVIAN AURORA. COME BE INSPIRED ON THE COPPER RIVER DELTA! Witness the shimmering flocks of millions of shorebirds as they take a short break on the Copper River Delta while passing from their wintering areas across the globe to their breeding grounds in the north. Join birders, photographers, biologists, conservationists, artists and global citizens for a laid back weekend of birding, hiking, art and dance in one of the most pristine natural places on earth.

Horicon Marsh Bird Festival

Generally occurs: Early May
Location: Horicon Marsh
Address:
PO Box 6
Horicon, Wisconsin 53032-0006
USA

Birds to See:
Link to our Horicon Marsh Bird checklist: http://horiconmarshbirdclub.com/about/bird-checklist/

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Generally occurs: Early May
Location: Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, Homer AK
Address:
95 Sterling Hwy
Homer, Alaska 99603
USA

Description:
Join birders from around the world for the state's largest wildlife festival. Located on the beautiful shore of Kachemak Bay, the Homer Spit is one of the most accessible places for shorebird viewing in Alaska. With over 100,000 shorebirds of 25 different species migrating through in early May, this event celebrates the return of spring and migrating birds. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival offers great birds, excellent guiding, educational seminars and workshops, and children’s activities to thousands of birders of all ages and all skill levels.

New River Birding & Nature Festival

Generally occurs: Early May
Location: Fayetteville, West Virginia
Address:
[email protected]
Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840
USA

Description:
The annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River and the picturesque Appalachian mountains and valleys in and beyond Fayette County, West Virginia (search "Fayetteville, WV 25840" on your map app)... the heart of the upland hardwood forests identified by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. A friendly birding vacation for beginners and experts, our weeklong event features four daily guided birding and nature excursions to choose from, world-class speakers and trip leaders, tasty food, and a comfy back-porch atmosphere. Registration options range from weeklong with beautiful private cabin accommodations to single day no lodging. Each day offers a fascinating field trip of your choice, three great meals, two knowledge and fun packed presentations, world-class experts and fellow bird and nature watchers from across the continent that you will call friends.

Birds to See:
Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, American Bittern, American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Kestrel, American Redstart, American Robin, American Woodcock, Bald Eagle, Baltimore Oriole, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Barred Owl, Bay-breasted Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Black Vulture, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Bobolink, Broad-winged Hawk, Brown Creeper, Brown Thrasher, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Cerulean Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Chimney Swift, Chipping Sparrow, Cliff Swallow, Common Grackle, Common Merganser, Common Raven, Common Snipe, Common Yellowthroat, Cooper’s Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco, Double-crested Cormorant, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Meadowlark ,Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Wood-Pewee, European Starling, Field Sparrow, Forester’s Tern, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Great Horned Owl, Greater Yellowlegs, Green Heron, Hairy Woodpecker, hermit Thrush, Hooded Merganser, Hooded Warbler, Horned Lark, House Finch, House Sparrow, House Wren, Indigo Bunting, Kentucky Warbler, Killdeer, Least Flycatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, Magnolia Warbler, Mourning Dove, Mourning Warbler, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Nashville Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker, Northern Harrier, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Orchard Oriole, Osprey, Ovenbird, Palm Warbler, Pectoral Sandpiper, Peregrine Falcon, Pied-billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Siskin, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Purple Finch, Purple Martin, Red Crossbill, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Dove, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ruffed Grouse, Savannah Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Song Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Swainson’s Thrush, Swainson's Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Tennessee Warbler ,Tree Swallow, Turkey Vulture, Veery, Warbling Vireo, Whip-poor-will, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-crowned Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, White-throated Sparrow, Wild Turkey, Wilson's Warbler, Winter Wren, Wood Duck, Mallard, Wood Thrush, Worm-eating Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Yellow-throated Warbler

Red Slough Birding Convention

Generally occurs: Early May
Location: Southern Oklahoma State University- McCurtain County Campus
Address:
2805 NE Lincoln Rd
Idabel, Oklahoma 74745
USA

Description:
On the Red Slough tour, you will visit numerous habitats including emergent wetlands, mudflats, reservoirs, scrub/shrub, and willow tree rows. It is not unusual to see over 100 species of birds in a day during the month of May. American Alligators are often seen on this tour as well as numerous wildflowers such as Alligator Flag, Obedient Plant, Spider Lily, and Blue Flag Iris. Bird viewing will be done from levee roads and observation platforms.

Birds to See:
Expected birds of interest include: Purple and Common Gallinule, King Rail, Sora, American & Least Bitterns, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Hudsonian Godwit, Black-necked Stilt, Least Tern, Bell’s Vireo, Marsh & Sedge Wrens, Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Bobolink. Other birds of interest that might be spotted include: Mottled Duck, Glossy Ibis, Virginia Rail, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Shorebird Celebration

Generally occurs: Early May
Location: Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, 1826 Mersea Rd 2, Leamington, ON N8H 3V7
Address:
360 Fairview Avenue West,Suite 311
Essex, Ontario N8M 1Y6
Canada

Description:
Join experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory to see and release banded birds at the Nature Centre. Learn about local birding and develop skills with workshops from local experts. Visit with live birds of prey with Kingsport Environmental. See flocks of migrating shorebirds feeding in the mudflats along the shorebird trail. Make a nature craft for Mother’s Day. Program schedule can be found at erca.org/birding

Birds to See:
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Eurasian Wigeon, Glossy Ibis, Eastern Kingbird, Great Blue Heron, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Double-crested Cormorant, Cedar Waxwing, Ruddy Turnstone, Sandhill Crane, American White Pelican, American Black Duck, Swainson's Thrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Hudsonian Godwit
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