July is one of the slowest months for birding festivals – spring migration is long over, fall migration is not yet begun and resident birds are more secretive and elusive as they brood eggs and raise chicks. The heavy heat of the season and the abundance of other summer celebrations and family commitments also limit birding festivals, but eager birders can still find fun bird-related activities. Even if there isn't a July birding festival you can attend, consider looking for events such as:
- Nature camps or summer programs at wildlife preserves and bird refuges
- Daily bird programs or regular shows at zoos and aviaries
- Birding walks with local or regional birding clubs, Audubon chapters and other organizations
You can even make your own July bird festival by trying a summer bird scavenger hunt; you may be surprised at what summer birding fun you discover. There are, however, still a few festivals available, and the July bird festivals listed below offer a range of bird walks, longer field trips, presentations and other activities, but festivals can vary from year to year – check each festival’s updated website for specific information, schedules, registration details and costs. Note: Only a few of the unique features of each festival are mentioned below; many more are on each festival’s complete schedule!
Festivals are listed in chronological order according to the date they begin; scroll down or check additional pages for festivals later in July, and if you are interested in an early July festival, also check birding festivals in June for events that extend into early July.
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- Dates: July 12-15, 2013
- Location: Southwest Harbor, Maine
Though a non-birding event, the flamingo theme of this quirky summer festival will bring a smile to any birder's face. The community celebrates their small town values and togetherness with a carnival, parade, lobster bake, craft fair and other events all with a bright pink focus and hundreds of pink flamingo statues and artwork on display throughout the area.
- Dates: July 20, 2013
- Location: Moultonborough, New Hampshire
Go loony at the Loon Festival and learn all about the iconic common loon with wildlife exhibits and expert educational lectures. Other festival activities include crafts, storytelling and loon-themed games, making this free event perfect for the whole family.
- Dates: July 26-27, 2013
- Location: St. Francisville, Louisiana
A celebration of local hummingbirds, the Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration is a casual event that focuses on the resident ruby-throated hummingbirds that are popular garden visitors all summer long. An evening reception, hummingbird banding demonstrations, hummingbird plant sales and tours of private homes with exceptional hummingbird habitats are all parts of this free festival.
- Dates: July 31-August 3, 2013
- Location: Sierra Vista, Arizona
The longest running nature festival in the state, the Southwest Wings festival has been a highlight of summer birding in Arizona for more than 20 years. Along with more than 40 field trips, the festival includes a keynote presentation, owl prowls, bat walks, an evening pontoon cruise and more than 50 educational presentations on birds, natural history, regional mammals, dragonflies, gardening and other related topics.