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Birding festivals in August 2018

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes. Photo by Joan Wiitanen

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August offers birders a variety of festivals to see and learn more about different species of birds around North America, including Sandhill Crane (pictured above), Western and Clark’s Grebes, hummingbirds, and more.

Learn more about the different events taking place below and go!

August 1-4
Southwest Wings Summer Festival

Arizona’s oldest birding festival, the Southwest Wings Summer Festival offers birding tours, free nature-oriented programs, vendors, and displays that are kid-friendly. Festival website.

August 8-12
Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

The festival includes half-day, full-day, and overnight birding field trips with opportunities to see Elegant Trogon, Lucifer Hummingbird, Red-faced Warbler, Arizona Woodpecker, Montezuma Quail, and more. Festival website.

August 19-26
Vancouver International Bird Festival

The festival offers bird-related workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions, and lectures across Vancouver. Festival website. It’s being held in conjunction with the 27th International Ornithological Congress.

August 23-26
Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration

Fort Davis is known as the Hummingbird Capital of Texas. The festival offers birders the chance to see a wide variety of hummingbird species, witness feedings, banding, and presentations from birding experts. Festival website.

August 24-26
Lake Almanor Grebe Festival

Kayak and pontoon field trips allow festival goers to get an up-close look at Western and Clark’s Grebes that nest on Lake Almanor in Chester, California. Festival website.

August 24-26
Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival

The guest speaker for this year’s festival in central Alaska will be Hank Lentfer, author of Faith of Cranes: Finding Hope and Family in Alaska. He also helped establish the Gustavus Forelands Preserve, a 4,000-acre refuge for Sandhill Cranes. Festival website.

August 30-September 2
Yampa Valley Crane Festival

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley in Northwest Colorado, and the festival aims to educate the public about these ancient birds and to celebrate their presence in the region. Festival website.


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