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Festival of Hawks

Generally occurs: Early September
Location: Holiday Beach Conservation Area, 6952 County Road 50, Amherstburg, Ontario, N0R1G0
Address:
360 Fairview Avenue West
Essex, Ontario N8M 1Y6
Canada

Description:
Join the experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory for this annual celebration of the great migration. See thousands of raptors and other birds as they make their journey south. This festival features kid-friendly activities, nature-themed vendors, and a wide range of free programming. This is your chance to take in this unique natural spectacle at one of the top bird watching sites in North America.

Birds to See:
Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Osprey, Northern Goshawk. PLUS a wide range of waterfowl and passerine species.

Hummingbird Migration & Nature Celebration

Generally occurs: Early September
Location: Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
Address:
[email protected]
Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
USA

Description:
Each fall, thousands of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migrate down the Mississippi flyway en route to their winter refuge in Mexico and Central America. Before their twenty hour non-stop journey over the Gulf of Mexico, hummingbirds refuel on the flowers and feeders at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Join us as we celebrate their migration, with renowned speakers on various nature topics, live animal shows, guided hikes, wagon rides and close-up views of hummingbirds being banded and released.

17th Annual Hummingbird Festival

Generally occurs: Early September
Location: National Wildbird Refuge, 15735 Tunica Trace (LA 66)
Address:
1015 North Third Street
St. Francisville, Louisiana 70802
USA

Description:
Master banders capture and band hummingbirds at two locations (the second is the home of an artist Murrell Butler, 9485 Oak HIll Road in nearby Bains, LA). Visitors can hold and release the banded birds. Bird-attracting plants for sale, as well as bird feeders an binoculars. Free Admission.

Birds to See:
Hummingbirds.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Generally occurs: Early September
Location: Steamboat and Hayden, Colorado
Address:
40625 County Road 69A
Hayden, Colorado 81639
USA

Description:
Enjoy Greater Sandhill Cranes during Labor Day weekend in the beautiful setting of Northwest Colorado! The 10th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place September 2-5, 2021 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado and features the Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes that breed and stage in the Yampa Valley. The festival presents favorite crane, bird and nature activities including a demonstration with live raptors and other live Colorado native species, bird art exhibits, workshops, documentary films and expert speakers. The 2021 keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO of the International Crane Foundation. Other featured speakers include Steve Burrows, award-winning Canadian mystery writer, journalist, and past recipient of a “Nature Writer of the Year” award from BBC Wildlife, and Arvind Panjabi, avian conservation scientist for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and coauthor of the study published in Science magazine on the decline of North American birds. Paul Tebbel leads guided crane viewings and present a “Cranes 101” talk. Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, leads the guided bird walks and offers a special presentation at The Nature Conservancy’s historic Carpenter Ranch. The complete schedule will be available June 1 at www.coloradocranes.org. Send questions to [email protected]

Birds to See:
Sandhill Crane, Cedar Waxwing, Rufous Hummingbird, Broadtail Hummingbird, Mountain Bluebird, Gray Catbird, American Dipper, Evening Grosbeak, Western Kingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Black-billed Magpie, Western Meadowlark, White-breasted Nuthatch, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Wood-peewee, Red-shafted Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Great Blue Heron, Kildeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Wison's Snipe, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, American Kestrel, Osprey, Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture, Stellar's Jay, Western Scrub-Jay, Horned Lark

Batumi Birding Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-September
Location: Batumi, Georgia (Europe)
Address:
[email protected]
Batumi, 6000
Georgia

Description:
Get a unique chance to experience the massive migration of raptors and other birds on the East Black Sea shore. But there is more than raptors: we can expect an overwhelming flight of Eurasian Bee-eaters on sunny days and massive falls of waders and passerines are frequent in the coastal wetlands after rainy nights. With attending this festival you are supporting conservation in Georgia (Europe).

Birds to See:
Raptors: Eurasian Honey Buzzard (over 30,000 on some days), Steppe Buzzard, Black kite, Booted eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Levant Sparrowhawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Goshawk, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Hobby, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, and rarities such as Oriental Honey Buzzard, Saker Falcon and Eastern Imperial Eagle. Others include: Booted warbler, Barred warbler, Quail, Pied wheatear, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-throated pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Terek sandpiper, Broad-billed sandpiper, Little Crake, Purple Swamphen, Yelkouan Shearwater, Black-winged pratincole, Armenian gull, Black-headed bunting

Hawk Migration Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-September
Location: Memorial Park, Pateros WA
Address:
[email protected]
Pateros, Washington 98846
USA

Description:
Join the Methow Valley Ranger District, North Central Washington Audubon Society, and HawkWatch International this fall for the Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival! This family event combines free activities in Pateros Memorial Park with trips to the Chelan Ridge site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories. The festival takes place in Pateros Memorial Park and will have vendors, live raptors, raptor ID workshop, birding field trips, and projects for kids. The trip to and from Chelan Ridge lasts 4 hours and includes seeing raptors as they are banded and released. Pre-registration is required. To learn more about this event please go to ncwaudubon.org

Birds to See:
Cooper's Hawk, Sharped-shinned Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk, Broad-Winged Hawk, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Kestrel, Merlin

Migration Fest

Generally occurs: Mid-September
Location: Bird Walks, Raptor Observation, Binocular/Spotting Scope demonstration and sale
Address:
[email protected]
Slatington, Pennsylvania 18080
USA

Birds to See:
Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, various Warbler species,

Puget Sound Bird Fest

Generally occurs: Mid-September
Location: Edmonds, Washington
Address:
700 Main Street
Edmonds, Washington 98020
USA

Description:
This acclaimed three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects.

Birds to See:
Resident and migratory species such as Rhinocerous Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, Heerman's Gull, Pacific Wren, Least and Western Sandpipers.

Seatuck Birding Challenge

Generally occurs: Mid-September
Location: Suffolk County Environmental Center - Scully Estate, 550 South Bay Avenue Islip NY 11751
Address:
550 South Bay Avenue
Islip, New York 11751
USA

Description:
Join Long Island's only island-wide birding competition to help promote bird watching, wildlife conservation, and open space preservation across the region. The event is open to all levels of experience, from expert birders to complete novices. The fall migration promises large numbers of birds and a great diversity of species. The Birding Challenge generates critical funding for Seatuck's conservation and education work, including efforts to protect bird habitat and important bird areas.

Puget Sound Bird Fest

Generally occurs: Mid-September
Location: Edmonds and online
Address:
700 Main Street
Edmonds, Washington 98020
USA

Description:
Award-winning author and naturalist Maria Mudd Ruth will kick off the festivities on Saturday with her Keynote presentation ‘The Not-so Awkward Auks’, followed by other presentations throughout the day. Cast your vote in the annual Bird Fest Photo Contest and enjoy other festival favorites such as the Kids’ Corner and guided walks showcasing the area’s birding hotspots. Due to uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor activities such as presentations may be delivered online, while field activities will be offered in person with limited group sizes. Visit the website for the latest information.
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