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Alabama Coastal BirdFest

Generally occurs: Early October
Location: Spanish Fort, Alabama
Address:
Spanish Fort, Alabama
Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527
USA

Description:
The annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest welcomes visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada who have come to the prime viewing spot for the fall migration. Event includes more than 20 expertly guided tours on land and water, evening speaker (tours & evening events require advance registration) and a free, family-friendly Bird & Conservation Expo.

Bird Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Generally occurs: Early October
Location: Coral Gables, FL
Address:
Coral Gables, FL
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
USA

Description:
Join us at the garden for lectures, expert-led bird walks, birding vendors, kids' activities and more.

BirdFest & Bluegrass

Generally occurs: Early October
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Address:
PO Box 1022
Ridgefield, Washington 98642
USA

Description:
Craft vendors, and kids crafts at Davis Park, birding with Vancouver Audubon, Cathlapotle Plankhouse activities, Traditional Salmon Bake, Portland Audubon birds on display, kids’ crafts, awesome volunteers, amazing presenters, Sandhill Crane Tours, Audubon Naturalist Spotting scopes and more, happening all over Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and downtown Ridgefield.

Birds to See:
Sandhill Cranes, Great Egret, Blue Heron, Wood Duck, Juvenile Bald Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Purple Martins, Black Capped Chickadee's, Red-winged blackbird, anything common on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival

Generally occurs: Early October
Location: Festival Headquarters: Sunset Beach Resort - 32246 Lankford Hwy, Cape Charles, VA 23310
Address:
P.O. Box 193
Franktown, Virginia 23354
USA

Description:
The Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival, one of the longest running birding festivals in the country, has long been both a draw for ecotourists from around the country and a local celebration of the amazing spectacle of the fall migration amidst a coastal wilderness backdrop. The Birding and Wildlife Festival is a welcome mat for visitors who want to experience an ecosystem that is preserved, pristine, and supports abundant birds and wildlife unlike anything else on the eastern seaboard. The Festival will bring attendees closer to the birds and closer to nature with a wide-variety of fun and educational opportunities celebrating the migration. Guided field trips and boat tours require pre-paid registration and will occur at various locations from up and down the entire peninsula. The festival falls during the peak fall migration and serves as a reminder that the Eastern Shore truly is one of the most ecologically important, diverse, and special places on Earth.

Birds to See:
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 410 species of birds have been identified in Northampton County, making it one of the “birdiest” places East of the Mississippi! There is truly no other place like the Eastern Shore of Virginia to experience the spectacle of the fall migration of songbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, shorebirds, hawks, and more!

Florida Birding and Nature Festival

Generally occurs: Early October
Location: Tampa (Brandon), Florida
Address:
PO Box 320025
Tampa, Florida 33679
USA

Description:
Florida Birding and Nature Festival, Tampa (Brandon) FL. Experience Florida’s peak Fall migration during the Year of the Bird! Focus on birds and nature conservation, features birding and butterfly field trips; boat and canoe trips on Tampa Bay, barrier islands on the Gulf, or local rivers; seminars; keynote speakers; and Nature Expo with vendors and nature/conservation information. New, convenient location just off I-75. Contact: Andee Richards, [email protected] or 813-444-0115, or check our website: http://www.fbnfestival.org/

Birds to See:
Florida Scrub-Jays, roseate spoonbills, wood storks, limpkins, anhingas, American oystercatchers, whimbrels, long-billed curlews, black skimmers, purple gallinules, American bitterns, reddish egrets, tricolored herons, black crowned and yellow crowned night herons, owls, woodpeckers, white-eyed and blue-headed vireos, fall warblers and many more.

Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival

Generally occurs: Early October
Location: Sagres
Address:
Vila do Bispo
Sagres, 8650
Portugal

Description:
Four days, hundreds of birds in the sky, and around 200 activities throughout town are the recipe for this nature festival, which brings hundreds of bird- and nature-lovers to the Algarve every year. Visitors from around the world flock to Sagres to witness the bustle of thousands of birds heading to Africa for the winter. The sky fills with birds – some still searching for their route – and Sagres’ landmarks fill with people pointing binoculars and scopes at the sky, the sea and the trees.

Birds to See:
Eurasian Dotterel, Wryneck, Golden Eagle, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat , Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Sparrowhawk, Black Stork, Egyptian Vulture, Montagu’s Harrier, Hen Harrier, Boneli’s Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, Rüppell’s Vulture, Eleanora’s Falcon, Lesser spotted Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Northern Gannet, Cory’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Skua, Sooty shearwater, Audouin’s Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, Great Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Sabine’s Gull, Long-tailed Skua, Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Northern Weathear, Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Winchat, Tree Pipit, Boneli’s Warbler, Bluethroat, Ortolan Bunting, Red-throated Pipit, Moussier’s Redstart, Corn Buntings, White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, European Robin, Blackcap, Song thrush, Chatfinch, Goldfinch, Richard’s Pipit, Ringed Ouzel, Alpine Accentor

CraneFest

Generally occurs: Mid-October
Location: Bellevue, MI
Address:
Bellevue, MI
Bellevue, Michigan 49021
USA

Description:
The major attraction of the festival is the spectacle of thousands of Greater Sandhill Cranes returning to their evening roost. A great family event that includes a Wildlife Art Show, guided nature hikes, and many children's activities.

Festival de l'Oie blanche de Montmagny (Snow Goose Festival)

Generally occurs: Mid-October
Location: Montmagny, PQ, Canada
Address:
Montmagny, PQ, Canada
Montmagny, Quebec G5V 3S3
Canada

Description:
Montmagny, the snow goose capital, invites you to hop on the welcome wagon when 600,000 of these feathered friends come to call. Social, cultural and sports activities, including bird-watching, a banquet and goose-sampling sessions.

Indian River Birding Festival and Nature Art Show

Generally occurs: Mid-October
Location: Audubon House Oslo Road Vero Beach
Address:
P.O. Box 781903
Sebastian, Florida 32978
USA

Birds to See:
moorhens, purple gallinules, king rails, soras, snipe, stilts, and both yellowlegs.Walk the dikes between impoundments for good views of dabbling duck species in the winter including shoveler, wigeon, teal, pintail and gadwall. Mottled ducks are found year-round. swallow-tailed kites and roseate spoonbills. Northern harriers fly regularly over the marshes in winter and, during hawk migration in October, join red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, merlins and kestrels. white tail deer, otters, bobcats, wild hogs and raccoons, wood storks, limpkins, white and glossy ibis, herons and egrets; and black-necked stilts, greater and lesser yellowlegs, dowitchers and other shorebirds.

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-October
Location: Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitors Center
Address:
2595 State Rt. 21E
Tiptonville, Tennessee 38079
USA

Description:
Canoe floats to get up close to the Pelicans, Bird of Prey Show (Program), Pelican Tours, Art & Photo Contests, Hiking, Pontoon Tours, Geo & Earth Cache, Children's Activities. Bring the whole family to a fun filled weekend at Reelfoot State Park. Visit http://www.reelfoottourism.com for Lodging Information.

Birds to See:
American White Pelicans, Eagles, Waterfowl-many species of ducks, Egrets, Herrings & many more. We are located on the Mississippi Fly Way!
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