Texas Birding Festivals

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:

  • Think about your physical stamina. Would you like a half day trip or are you ready for a longer trip? Some trips may require standing in place for a while so a golf stool could be a good idea.
  • At multi-day festivals consider trips that will take you to different habitats so that you will see a variety of birds. The trip descriptions will often list target species expected to be encountered on various trips.
  • You don't have to sign up for a trip each day of the festival. This frees up time to attend workshops, visit vendors, and bird on your own. It is a great way to pace yourself so the festival does not become a marathon and remains fun. That said, if you want to attend as many trips as possible, go for it!
  • Make your hotel reservations early. The nice thing about staying at the designated headquarter hotels is that they usually offer early breakfast.

Texas Bird Festivals - Please notify TOS of any additions or corrections to the list.

Balcones Songbird Festival - Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge west of Austin. Late April. Targets include the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo

Birdiest Festival in America - Corpus Christi. Late April

Birding the Border - Val Verde County. Late April/Early May

Celebration of Flight - Corpus Christi, Last Weekend in September

Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival - Fort Davis. Late August

FeatherFest - Galveston. Mid-April

Hummerbird Festival - Rockport. Mid-September. Focus is Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migration and local birds.

Laredo Birding Festival - Laredo. Early February.

Matagorda Bay Birdfest - Palacios. Mid-February

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival - Harlingen. Early November

South Llano River State Park Birding Festival - Junction. Late April.

Sparrowfest - Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge west of Austin. February.

Whooping Crane Festival - Port Aransas. February.

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