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Monday, April 3, 2017

Texas birding Festival this month

Could be really good. High Island is a famous migratory birding hotspot. And Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler are only found at Texas Hill country area I believe(eh..SE Arizona? No that's different species..?).

Apr 6, 2017 to Apr 9, 2017 
15th Galveston FeatherFest
Galveston Island, Texas
This event is the Island's annual birding and nature photography festival held during spring migration. FeatherFest 2017 marks our 15th anniversary of celebrating birds! Galveston is one of the top locations in the country for birding because it hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small geographical area where some 300 species make their permanent or temporary home throughout the year. Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track! Kevin Karlson, Greg Miller, Hector Astorga, and regional experts lead memorable trips and workshops, 200+ species, High Island. NEW birding and photography events! Contact: Julie Ann Brown, GINTC, 409-789-8125, info@gintc.org.

Apr 20, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017 
Birdiest Festival in America
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi TX, 78413
Named “Birdiest City in North America” for a decade, Corpus Christi’s location in key spring migration pathways draws birders nationwide and around the world. Basic festival registration is $35, covering six special talks, vendor tent, “Raptor Project,” Thursday opening Mexican fajita dinner. Separately-priced options feature 13 field trips--including world-famous King Ranch and “skimmer” boat and shore bird tours--2 Big Sits, Thursday BBQ dinner. Speakers: Dane Ferrell, David Sarkozi, Tony Amos, Ben Horstmann, Dr. Robert Benson, Mel Cooksey, and Raptor Project’s Jonathan Wood. Sponsored by Swarovski Optik, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Corpus Christi. Online registration and detailed schedule at www.stxbot.org. 361-852-2100. Contact: 361-852-2100 x 325, wmwomack@stxbot.org.


Apr 21, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017 
17th Annual Balcones Songbird Festival
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, 24518 FM, 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Migrating birds consider the Texas Hill Country a sort of freeway rest stop—a way station where they can relax, catch a good meal, and gather strength for the rest of their journey. Nestled in the hill country is the 24,000-acre Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge that provides critical habitat for two endangered songbird migrants—the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. They not only stop to rest, they stop to nest. The Balcones Songbird Festival is a celebration of nature through a collection of interpretive events to experience both bird species and their habitat. Experienced guides help you add to your life list. Contact: 512-965-2473, Friends@friendsofbalcones.org.

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