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Birding Festivals - April

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
Cottonwood, Arizona
The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.


Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festivals
Arcata, California
Celebrate the Marbled Godwit and explore the lush Redwood Coast. Field trips, lectures, workshops, and boat excursions led by experienced local guides. Tour the expansive mudflats, the wild river valleys and the rocky ocean coast of this sector of the Klamath bioregion in northwest California.

Wings N Wetlands Birding Festival
Great Bend, Kansas
The Wings N Wetlands Festival offers participants a unique opportunity to bird two of the best birding spots in the region, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other area hot spots.  Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are two Wetlands of International Importance, and provide thousands of birds a stopover along their North and South migration routes. The festival dates coincide with the historical peak of shorebird migration, and is sure to provide some excellent viewing of well over 150 species of birds.
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The Great Louisiana Birdfest
Mandeville, North Lake Nature Center, LA
The Great Louisiana BirdFest is an annual event of the Northlake Nature Center. It is held each year in the spring when many species are migrating north through Louisiana from Mexico and South America. Our location in southern Louisiana makes this an excellent time of year for birding. The weather is typically warm but not yet hot and the trees are usually leafing out, but still thin enough for improved visibility.

BirdFest trips will visit varied habitat including swamps, wetlands, pine savanna, and hardwoods of southeast Louisiana. Among the many excellent birding locations scheduled for this year's BirdFest is Pine Island, a rookery located in a private preserve. BirdFest includes birding trips, some Southern food and hospitality, and a few workshops.
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Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Grand Isle, LA
Enjoy spring migration on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island. See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and marshes. Birdwatching tours, local seafood, displays & crafts. Free videos and birding trail maps. Fun for families, new and experienced birders. Hosted by the Grand Isle Sanctuary Group.
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Shorebird Extravaganza
Jennings, LA
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FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival
Galveston, Texas
Galveston is one of the top locations in the country for birding because it hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small geographical area where some 300 species make their permanent or temporary home throughout the year. Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast, and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track!
Phone: 832-459-5533
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Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival
Fredericksburg, TX
A celebration of natural flight saluting the unique winged wildlife of the Texas Hill Country offering opportunities for education and entertainment for the whole family.
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The Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival
Suffolk, Virginia
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a birder's paradise with more than 200 types of birds either residing here or just passing through. Springtime is the most popular time for birders to visit the area. Serious bird watchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swanson's Warbler and the Wayne's Warbler (a race of the Black-throated Green Warbler), two of the most secretive and least observed of all of North American birds. Bird watchers can also catch a "peep" of the white-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle. Other birds of interest that can be seen in the Refuge include the wood duck, barred owl, pileated woodpecker and prothonotary warbler.


Olympic Birdfest
Sequim, Washington
Birding ​for ​beginners ​to ​experts. Trips include ​leisurely ​strolls ​to ​active ​hikes. ​Enjoy an ​evening ​owl ​prowl.
Phone: 360-681-4076
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Orcas Island BirdFest - usually end of April and early May
Birds, Art & Science in the San Juan Islands.  A celebration of Birds!  Nature tours, workshop, art exhibits and a scientific symposium; all focusing on the health and wonder of birds with grassroots solutions.  Orcas Island offers an unforgettable experience showcasing the natural splendor of the San Juan Islands. 
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West Virginia
New River Birding & Nature Festival
Fayetteville, West Virginia
The annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River, in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests. This bird watching nature festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours. Signature guided bird watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit.
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