Countdown to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

A green jay is on the top of Stacy’s list of birds she wants to see at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.

I’ve heard a lot about it over the years. After all, it’s supposed to be one of the best places in the United States to go birding. And now, I get to experience the awe and wonder of Rio Grande Valley for myself during the 20th Anniversary of the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.

Held near the charming town of Harlingen, Texas, this bird festival offers a rare opportunity to see birds you can’t see in the rest of the US. If you’re looking for an adventure this fall, I would highly recommend checking it out for yourself. (It’s held November 6 through November 10.) I’ll be there from Thursday night to Monday morning, so if you happen to come, be sure to look for me. I’ll be the one looking around in complete awe and wonderment. (Can you tell I’m a little excited about my first trip to the Valley?)

This event brings birders together from all over the world. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert because I’m not either. This friendly festival offers field trips and talks that anyone can enjoy. You’ll find people like Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman on the list (they are regular contributors to the magazine). You could also meet David Allen Sibley or American Birding Association President, Jeffrey Gordon. Check out some of the events and register for the festival yourself here.

I don’t really keep a formal bird list, but I am going to keep a count of all the different species I see during my trip. How many do you think I’ll see? Go ahead and put your guess below. As long as I see my green jay, I’ll be a happy birder.


WHAT? Rio Valley Grande Birding Festival; here’s the festival’s website.

WHEN? Nov. 6-10

WHERE? Check out the Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website if you’re planning a visit.

WHY? It’s a great place to see unique birds, and it’s also the festival’s 20th anniversary!


  1. Jill StaakeJill says

    Aieee! I’m so jealous! This is high on my list of must-do-someday items! FYI, don’t know if you’ll have time, but you’ll be less than an hour from the National Butterfly Center, and I think their Butterfly Festival ( overlaps with the birding festival. Have a WONDERFUL time!

  2. says

    The green jay’s colors are so vivid as are the Gold Finches, Cardinals, Blue birds and even the Woodpeckers in my area this year. Is this a sign of the coming weather as hunters believe when a deer’s coat is darker in color?

  3. Mary Camp says

    An early welcome to the RGV… We are thrilled you’ll be with us to celebrate out 20 year….beware, you’ll fall in love!!

  4. says

    Its my first time to the USA. Representing Belize and its awesome. Its the Best and would definitely like to come again. Great sighting by Jeffrey Bouton ‘Lieca’s rep” in finding the Amazon Kingfisher. Made second record in North America…

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