Friday, March 02, 2007

Birding Festivals in March

“A lot of people don’t realize there’s [sic] about 300 bird festivals that go on around the United States in a year . . .” (Daniel Greene, as quoted in this article about birding in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
I’m not sure that anyone really knows exactly how many birding festivals there are in the U.S. each year (I guess it depends on your definition of what a “festival” is), but they have certainly blossomed in the last decade or so.

Here, for your pleasure and edification, is a list of 19 birding festivals that will be held in the month of March in 2007. Brant, buzzards, cranes, eagles, geese, owls, and pelicans are but a few of the birds that will be celebrated this month.

Festival of Owls
March 2-4, 2007; Houston, Minnesota

East Coast Vulture Festival
March 3, 2007; Wenonah, New Jersey

Monte Vista Crane Festival (24th annual)
March 9-11, 2007; Monte Vista, Colorado

Soar With the Eagles
March 9-11, 2007; Wabasha, Minnesota

Eagle Festival (7th annual)
March 10, 2007; Blackwater, Maryland

Pelican Island Wildlife Festival (15th annual)
March 10, 2007; Sebastian, Florida

Rivers and Wildlife Celebration (37th annual)
March 16-18, 2007; Kearney, Nebraska

Buzzard Day (50th annual)
March 18, 2007; Hinckley, Ohio

The Brant Wildlife Festival (17th annual)
March-April 2007 (various dates); Parkesville/Qualicum, British Columbia

Spring Migration Festival
March 18-24, 2007; Eilat, Israel

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival (10th annual)
March 23-25, 2007; Othello, Washington

Shreve Spring Migration Sensation
March 24, 2007; Shreve, Ohio

FeatherFest 2007 (5th annual)
March 29-April 1, 2007; Galveston, Texas

Texas Tropics Nature Festival (11th annual)
March 29-April 1, 2007; McAllen, Texas

Audubon Country BirdFest
March 30-April 1, 2007; St. Francisville, Louisiana

Big “O” Birding Festival (6th annual)
March 30-April 1, 2007; Glades and Hendry counties, Florida

Olympic Peninsula BirdFest (4th annual)
March 30-April 1, 2007; Sequim, Washington

The Aleutian Goose Festival (9th annual)
March 30-April 2, 2007; Crescent City, California

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival (5th annual)
March 31, 2007; Semiahmoo, Washington

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