Upcoming Bird Festivals
Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival April 16 - 18 Arcata, CA
Extraordinary birding opportunities await you at the 9th annual Godwit Days. Located on California's North Coast, Godwit Days offers towering redwoods, rocky ocean coasts, wild river valleys, expansive mudflats of Humboldt Bay, pelagic trips, and the world-renowned Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, home to 253 species of birds and mammals...just minutes from the historic Arcata Plaza. The keynote speech by Dr. Donald L. Janssen will focus on the California Condor and zoo breeding programs. (I went last year and it was great! - Kate Marianchild)
Contact: Arcata Main Street, 791 8th Street, Suite 2-3, Arcata, CA 95521 800-908-9464 www.godwitdays.com
Yosemite Birding Festival April 23-25, 2004 Yosemite National Park - CA
This 3-day celebration of birds in world-renowned Yosemite National Park will feature workshops, programs, and field trips offered by talented birders and naturalists. With programs on bird identification, art, the wildlife of Yosemite, photography, and more, there's something for every taste. Book signings, receptions, ranger walks, and music will round out the event.
Contact: Yosemite Association, P.O. Box 230, El Portal, CA 95318 209-379-2646 http://www.yosemite.org/seminars/BirdFestival.html
10th Annual Kern River Valley Birding and Bioregions Festival April 30 - May 2, 2004
Kernville, Weldon - CA
The 2003 BioFest recorded 227 bird species at one of the West's premier spring migration regions including the Giant Sequoia National Monument, South Fork Kern River Globally Important Bird Area, Butterbredt Spring Nationally Important Bird Area, and Sequoia National Forest Globally Important Bird Area. With birding as the primary focus, spectacularly scenic Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, and Mojave Desert habitats in close proximity to each other provide the setting for over fifty field trips and workshops ranging across the natural history spectrum.
Contact: Kern Valley Festivals, PO Box 410, Weldon, CA 93283 760-378-3044 www.valleywild.org/bioregion.html
Third Annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua June 18 - 20 Lee Vining, CA
Will include 3 days of evening presentations, seminars, field trips, music, and great birding! Registration opens in April 2004. "Not your ordinary bird festival." Events fill fast as soon as registration opens. (How many red-necked phalaropes does it take to screw in a light bulb? Dr. Margaret Rubega mixed humor, physics, and phalarope feeding behavior during the 2003 Chautauqua).
Contact: Mono Lake Committee, P.O. Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541 760-647-6595
29th Annual Meeting of Western Field Ornithologists September 8-12, 2004 Ashland, OR
An annual event that includes the best of the west: science sessions, 1/2 and full day field trips with leaders in the field of ornithology, keynote speakers, social events, workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend. Beginning birders to seasoned field ornithologist will find something of interest every day at this yearly meeting.
Contact: Western Field Ornithologists, 12079 Samoline Avenue, Downey, CA 90242 562-869-6718
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