Celebrate bird-watching this winter by participating in a festival or event related to birding. A quick Google search will let you know what events are going on in your area, but here are a few to check out if you’re lucky enough to live nearby.
Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival: February 17-19, 2012. Meadowlands, Minnesota
An entire weekend devoted to winter bird-watching at the Sax-Zim Bog. Enjoy birding field trips, presentations and great company!
Whooping Crane Festival: February 23-26, 2012. Port Aransas, Texas
An annual celebration of whooping cranes. You don’t want to miss the whooping crane boat tours!
Bald Eagle Appreciation Day: February 25, 2012. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
View bald eagles through spotting scopes and take a look at a life-size bald eagle nest.
Burrowing Owl Festival: February 25, 2012. Cape Coral, Florida
Visit the city that more than 2,500 burrowing owls call home. This festival celebrates the start of burrowing owl nesting season.
San Diego Bird Festival: March 1-4, 2012. San Diego, California.
Participate in a Big Sit and see keynote speaker Kenn Kaufman.
International Festival of Owls: March 2-4, 2012. Houston, Minnesota
This is the only weekend-long, all-owl festival in North America. See seven species of owls and attend an outdoor owl photography session.