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Birding Festivals in February

Enjoy Winter Birding With These February Bird Festivals

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February may be a short month, but there is no shortage of fantastic birding festivals to enjoy. From northern events that highlight winter birds to southern events that take advantage of winter residents and the beginning of migration, there are festivals in many different locations that show wonderful aspects of birding.

The February bird festivals listed below offer field trips, workshops, speakers and other activities, but individual events vary each year – check each festival’s updated website or contact its organizers for specific information, registration details and costs. Note: Only a few features 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 for festivals later in the month, and don't forget to check birding festivals in January for events that start late in the month and may extend into February as well.

Is your favorite February birding festival not on this list? Email me to have it added to the directory!

Winter Bird Festival

American Kestrel
Manjith Kainickara
  • Date: February 1, 2014
  • Location: Galt, California

The one day Winter Bird Festival in Galt celebrates local birds with tours, a wildlife show, keynote speaker, a kayaking excursion, falconry demonstrations and photography trips. Multiple free children's crafts are also part of the festivities.

Laredo Birding Festival

Green Kingfisher
Lip Kee Yap
  • Dates: February 5-8, 2014
  • Location: Laredo, Texas

Visitors to the Laredo Birding Festival may spot as many as 240 bird species during the event, depending on which trips they take. Additional events include workshops, film screenings, a keynote speaker, banquet, photography tours and more. Registration options are available for one, two or three day festival packages.

Bald Eagle Day

Bald Eagle
Kyle Robinson
  • Date: February 8, 2014
  • Location: Brigham City, Utah

Bald Eagle Day is a one-day event to celebrate these regal raptors at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, and a live bald eagle ambassador is the guest of honor. Tours of the refuge are available, as well as games, crafts, movies and other events for the whole family.

Florida Scrub-Jay Festival

Florida Scrub-Jay
Milt
  • Dates: February 9, 2014
  • Location: Deltona, Florida

Find the endemic Florida scrub-jay at the Florida Scrub-Jay Festival. In addition to field trips and walks to see these birds, other festival events include live music, vendors and various children's activities.

Edison Bird Festival

Red Junglefowl
Lawrence Neo
  • Dates: February 8-9, 2014
  • Location: Edison, Washington

The Edison Bird Festival is a quirky and educational event that kicks off with a chicken parade. A variety of tours and lectures are part of the festival with a focus on bird art and conservation, and other activities include bird painting and carving demonstrations and live raptor presentations.

SparrowFest

Harris's Sparrow
Nick Saunders
  • Date: February 8, 2014
  • Location: Bertram, Texas

The one day SparrowFest event is organized by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and celebrates little brown jobs; visitors can see 15-20 species of sparrows on the various field trips. Other activities include classroom sessions and a happy hour social.

Winter Wings Festival

Great Horned Owl
Nick Saunders
  • Dates: February 13-16, 2014
  • Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Winter birds are the specialty of the Winter Wings Festival, but there is much more to the event. In addition to field tours through a wide variety of habitats, other activities include photography workshops, a banquet, lectures, a big day tour, overnight owling, school art contests and keynote speakers.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Winter Chickadee
Dawn
  • Dates: February 14-17, 2014
  • Location: Your Backyard

Learn how to count birds and hold a birding festival in your backyard with the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. There is no fee to participate, and one individual can submit multiple count lists not only from their yard, but from any birding hotspot they visit over the weekend.

Hagerman Bird Festival

Sharp-Tailed Grouse
annamerritt
  • Dates: February 14-16, 2014
  • Location: Hagerman, Idaho

Visit wintering waterfowl in southern Idaho at the Hagerman Bird Festival. Not only are field trips part of this event, but other activities include educational exhibits and workshops, expert speakers, an owl prowl, youth games and stories, a banquet and more.

Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival

Common Redpoll Thumbnail
Dave
  • Dates: February 14-16, 2014
  • Location: Meadowlands, Minnesota

Winter is not for the faint of heart in northern Minnesota, but guests at the Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival will be rewarded with amazing owls, redpolls, crossbills and other target birds. Field trips are arranged with buses and vans so registration is limited, and other events include owling and guest speakers.

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