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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Generally occurs: Early November
Location: Mission, BC Canada
Address:
Mission, BC Canada
Mission, British Columbia V2V 5X8
Canada

Description:
The enormously popular Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival occurs in perhaps the most biologically diverse and important areas in British Columbia. It kicks off the "Season of the Eagles and Salmon" in Harrison Mills, the ever growing community just 30 minutes east of the District of Mission.

Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival

Generally occurs: Early November
Location: 125 S. Hutchins St., Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA
Address:
P.O. Box 1616, Lodi, California 95241
Lodi, California 95241
USA

Description:
The Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival is a 3-day event with something for everybody. General admission to the Sandhill Crane Festival is free. There is no charge for most of the events at Hutchins Street Square, including the Art Show, workshops and presentations, and Exhibit Hall. Check the website for details.

Birds to See:
Sandhill Cranes, of course. Check the bird list for more possible bird sightings »

California Swan Festival

Generally occurs: Early November
Location: SWAN FESTIVAL LOCATION: 1895 Lassen Blvd, CA 95993
Address:
1300 Franklin Road
Yuba City, California 95991
USA

Description:
The CA Swan Festival is presented by the Yuba-Sutter Chamber & Visit Yuba-Sutter. It is the only one of its kind on the west coast of the United States and celebrating the abundant local and migratory wildfowl of the Northern Sacramento Valley, the California Swan Festival offers workshops, presentations, guided tours and educational programs catering to bird and nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of interest. The California Swan Festival is timed to honor the return of the tundra swans to their winter home. Arriving in the tens of thousands and in close-knit family groups, they make a spectacular show for bird watchers and photographers. This three-day event offers more than 35 guided tours at affordable prices, organized by experts in their respective fields, exploring a wide range of waterfowl habitats and other natural assets of the beautiful Yuba-Sutter region. Field trips include Swan Sighting, Ag/Wildlife Educational Tours, Historic Tours, Nature Hikes and trips to the region’s National Wildlife areas. Another great feature of the Festival is the free Junior Naturalist program, led by a team of Shady Creek Outdoor School naturalists. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on learning experiences sure to inspire the budding birdwatcher. Activities include crafts, games, live animal presentations and much more. The festival also hosts a vendor fair, all day Saturday and Sunday, in the Swan Central building. Onsite vendors specialize in wildlife information and retail goods. Interested vendors - both businesses and non-profit organizations- should download the exhibitor/vendor application form online at www.yubasutterchamber.com/swan-festival.html Parking and entry to the Swan Festival are FREE, as are a wide range of workshops and presentations on wildlife education, natural sciences, ecosystem management, and photography. To find out more about the California Swan Festival and to register for tours, visit www.yubasutterchamber.com/field-trips.html

Birds to See:
local and migratory wildfowl, Tundra Swan.

Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-November
Location: Haines, Alaska
Address:
PO Box 49
HAINES, Alaska 99827
USA

Description:
The American Bald Eagle Foundation and the people of Haines welcome you to the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival! Festival activities are held at the American Bald Eagle Foundation, conveniently located at the corner of Second Avenue and the Haines Highway. Here you will attend photography workshops, live raptor presentations with our resident raptors. Guest speakers and presentations & Artist of the Year demonstrations to name a few! Daily buses and vans will carry you safely to the Alaska Bald Eagle Preserve to witness the annual "Gathering of the Eagles.” At this time of year up to 3-4000 eagles can be found in the preserve feeding on a late run of salmon. The Festival includes evening presentations, so you don't miss a minute of daylight at the Chilkat Eagle Preserve!

Birds to See:
Bald Eagles!

Black Necked Cranes Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-November
Location: Phobjikha Valley
Address:
[email protected]
Thimphu, nil
Bhutan

Description:
The annual Black-Necked Crane festival is celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part in their daily lives during the winter months. The annual black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black‐Necked cranes. The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes) and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

Generally occurs: Mid-November
Location: Harlingen Auditorium, Harlingen, TX
Address:
PO Box 3162
Harlingen, Texas 78551
USA

Description:
The RGV Birding Festival provides access to the bounty of birds found only in the Rio Grande Valley. Field trips by buses and vans, professional guides, evening speakers, 4-day trade show full of optics and birding delights, workshops and seminars, huge silent auction, and terrific socials! Offerings for new birders and those with specific birds on their target list. We are Texas Friendly!

Birds to See:
Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Long-billed Thrasher, Red-crowned Parrot, Plain Chachalaca, Aplomado Falcon, White-tailed Hawk, Least Grebe, Clay-colored Robin, Green Parakeet, Olive Sparrow, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Altamira Oriole, Tropical Parula, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Audubon's Oriole, Red-billed Pigeon, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Common Pauraque, Black-crested Titmouse, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, plus any number of Mexican vagrants that come to visit!

Central Valley Birding Symposium

Generally occurs: Mid-November
Location: Stockton, CA
Address:
1258 Lucio Ln
Sacramento, California 95822
USA

Description:
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall months, the Central Valley Birding Symposium is being cancelled for 2020. The Symposium Committee felt that the health of our members, presenters, and staff was our primary consideration in making this decision. If conditions warrant, the Symposium will resume again on Nov 18-21, 2021, at the Stockton Hilton Hotel. We will miss seeing everyone this November, but we hope to see all of you again in 2021. Stay healthy and safe until then. Patricia Bachetti CVBC President

Birds to See:
wintering geese (G. White-fronted, Snow, Ross's, Cackling) & ducks, wintering shorebirds, Yellow-billed magpies

Festival of the Crane / Crane Fiesta 2021

Generally occurs: Mid-November
Location: Virtual
Address:
PO BOX 340
San Antonio, New Mexico 87832
USA

Description:
Organized by the same folks that brought you the nationally recognized Festival of the Cranes, Crane Fiesta will being Bosque del Apache to you! Regardless of your birding or photography skill, Crane Fiesta offers an extraordinary opportunity for premiere photography and birding classes. Bosque del Apache NWR offers expansive vistas, exquisite light, enchanting bird songs, and a unique proximity to wildlife and you'll get to see it without ever leaving the comfort of your own home! Crane Fiesta 2021 will be a mix of virtual media. We will welcome back Sandra Noll, Erv Nichols, Matt Mitchell, Hunt's Photo and Video, and many, many more!

Birds to See:
Sandhill Cranes up close by the thousands, snow geese morning and evening blast offs in the 10's of thousands, 50-75,000 ducks and many raptors. Sandhill cranes, snow geese, ross's geese, bald eagles, American Kestrels, roadrunners, Gambel's quail, canada geese, American crows, ravens, red tailed hawk, waterfowl, great blue herons, and more.
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