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Birding festivals in September (part two)

Black-bellied Plover (also known as Grey Plover) wades in shallow water.
Black-bellied Plover by Kim Caruso.

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Two weeks ago, we shared 10 birding festivals scheduled for the first part of September. Well, the month has so many events taking place that we’ve gathered info about seven more festivals slated for the second part of the month. Find one near you from the list below!

September 21-23
American Birding Expo

The American Birding Expo, hosted in Philadelphia by our friends at Bird Watcher’s Digest, encourages people from all walks of life to learn more about the world of birdwatching, and is designed for anyone who enjoys spending time outside and getting closer to nature. Visit the festival website.

September 21-23
Hawk Weekend Festival

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota, is one of North America’s best places to experience fall bird migration. The festival will include field trips, hikes, programs, and other activities. Visit the festival website.

September 21-23
Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania

Learn more about the natural wonder of migration by attending the Lower Keys Migration Mania Birding & Nature Adventure. It is sponsored by the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden and features early bird walks, bird and butterfly ID sighting tours, children’s programming, and more. Visit the festival website.

September 21-23
Oregon Shorebird Festival

This three-day event will be headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon, which is adjacent to Coos Bay in southwestern Oregon. Participants will take field trips in search of shorebirds, waterbirds, and seabirds to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Coos Bay, and other sites. Photographer Tim Boyer will give two presentations during the event. Visit the festival website.

September 22
Migration Fest

Experience fall migration at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, Pennsylvania, through a variety of different events, including a field rip to the Bake Oven Knob Hawk Watch, live reptile/amphibian, raptor, and monarch butterfly programs, guided nature walks, and more. Visit the festival website.

September 28-30
Monterey Bay Birding Festival

This event, in Watsonville, California, is designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers. The festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Visit the festival website.

September 28-30
Wings Over Willapa

The inaugural Wings Over Willapa Festival offers experienced birders or first-timers a weekend full of classes, workshops, guided tours, and more. It will take place at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on Long Beach Peninsula, Washington. The keynote speaker is Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon’s Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology and its former director of bird monitoring. Visit the festival website.

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