Festivals are a great way to get exposed to more birds, with great field trip leaders and interesting places to see. They have a positive financial impact on the local communities, and contribute to the communities' support of wildlife conservation. Bird Watcher's Digest, a monthly magazine, has comments on why to attend a birding festival. Bird Watchers Digest Web Site
Here are a few tips for a positive experience at a birding festival:
Texas Bird Festivals - Please notify TOS of any additions or corrections to the list.
Laredo Birding Festival - Laredo. Early February.
Whooping Crane Festival - Port Aransas. February.
Sparrowfest - Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge west of Austin. February.
Matagorda Bay Birdfest - Palacios. Mid-February
FeatherFest - Galveston. Mid-April
Birdiest Festival in America - Corpus Christi. Late April
South Llano River State Park Birding Festival - Junction. Late April.
Balcones Songbird Festival - Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge west of Austin. Late April. Targets include the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo
Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival - Fort Davis. Late August
Hummerbird Festival - Rockport. Mid-September. Focus is Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migration and local birds.
Celebration of Flight - Corpus Christi, Last Weekend in September
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival - Harlingen. Early November