Bird Festivals and Events

Bird festivals are a great way to learn more about birds, bird watching and conservation, as well as meet like-minded people, and maybe visit a place you’ve never been. They’re often held during a specific natural phenomenon, such as the period when the male Greater Prairie Chickens are performing at leks to attract females in late March/early April in Nebraska, or when the Red Knots descend en masse to feast on horseshoe crabs on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey.

Red Knot, by Shawn Carey/ Migration Productions

Red Knot, by Shawn Carey/Migration Productions

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a wonderful interactive map and descriptions of bird festivals across North America and around the world, so check out:

We’d love to hear about your experiences if you go to a birding festival! Drop us a line or write us a Listener Story to be featured on our website!