It is birding festival time again and two of the best in the southwest are coming up fast! I will be leading multiple trips for each of these festivals.
The San Diego Bird Festival is one of the largest and most popular in the west and it also attracts all of the major optics vendors so this is a great opportunity to get your hands and face on a lot of optics to see what best suits you and or your budget!!
The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival takes place in Cottonwood Arizona, at the Deadhorse Ranch State Park, about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. It is a smaller festival and one of my favorites!
Clicking on the title of the festival will open the webpage for that festival in a new window.
John Fitzpatrick and Bill Thompson will be the main speakers in 2013. They will also be co-leading bird trips and conducting workshops.
John Fitzpatrick is the director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His current research focuses on the ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics of the endangered Florida Scrub Jay. His book, Florida Scrub Jay: Demography of a Cooperative-breeding Bird earned him a William Brewster Award, the highest research award given by the American Ornithologists’ Union.
Bill Thompson is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest. He is the author of many books including The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America. He leads birding trips across North America and has birded in more than 25 countries.
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
April 25-28, 2013
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Keynote speaker will be
We are proud to bring David to the Verde River Valley for this special occasion. Join us for an evening of entertainment, delicious desserts and the opportunity to learn how you can make your backyard space a place to relax and enjoy the birds. David Mizejewski is a lifelong naturalist, animal lover and self-professed “nature geek.” As National Wildlife Federation’s Media Spokesperson and Naturalist, Dave focuses on teaching the American public how to help wildlife and connect with nature in their own backyard. He was host and co-producer of the Animal Planet’s TV series “Backyard Habitat”, and has made appearances on gardening TV and radio shows including NBC’s “The Today Show” and the “Martha Stewart Show”.
Dave is author of Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife and NWF’s Wildlife and Weather newsletter. He uses his knowledge and enthusiasm to get people excited about protecting wildlife and connecting with nature.
See ya at the sea………..or one of the festivals!