The Birdiest Festival in America
After being named “America’s Birdiest City” for a decade, Corpus Christi now has the perfect festival to celebrate BIRDS!
Corpus Christi's inaugural event, “The Birdiest Festival in America,” will be held April 20-23 at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center! Birders from as far away as the West Coast and Florida are registering for the fantasic festival to be held at a key Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Site.
“We strategically timed this festival to coincide with spring migration,” said Michael Womack, Botanical Gardens executive director. “That window is only about two weeks for prime migration.”
Get a glimpse at the vibrantly-colored smaller birds such as warblers, vireos, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings; shorebirds moving along shoreline and interior ponds; peak raptor migration; and a majority of local species that can only be seen in South Texas!
In all, there are 305 species in Corpus Christi that regularly occur this time of year, according to Joel Simon, event coordinator.
“We strategically timed this festival to coincide with spring migration”
- Michael Womack, Botanical Gardens executive director.
“It makes for the possibility to have the largest species count of any festival in the country,” Simon said. “Most festivals have target birds or types of birds as the principal draw. Our festival is different because of the sheer number of species of so many groups of birds. Add in the chance for rare birds and this makes an exciting festival for all.”
Besides a relaxing outdoor venue filled with a multitude of birding opportunities, there are 13 optional, separately-priced specialty excursions to nearby locations as King Ranch, Fennessey Ranch, Port Aransas and more! All attendees must register in advance for trips due to limited space.
“Field trips provide birders the ‘experience factor’ seeing what makes South Texas habitats unique and thus attracting birds not only during migration but year-round, with local and regional birding experts providing their wisdom and insights for the trips,” Womack said.
The festival will also offer six seminars/special talks by experts in their fields, arts and crafts booths, food trucks, a vendor area showcasing local and national companies and non-profits and “The Raptor Project,” considered the best live raptor (eagles, hawks, falcons and owls) programs in America.
Project Co-Founder Jonathan Wood, master falconer and wildlife rehabilitator, will lead this unique and humorous educational program, available for both festival attendees as well as non-birders to enjoy.
Detailed information, schedule and online registration is available at www.stxbot.org. A $35 per person basic registration fee includes six seminars/special talks, vendor tent, arts/crafts booths, “Raptor Project” shows, Botanical Gardens admission, plus an opening reception Mexican fajita dinner on April 20. The $35 registration is required to be eligible for field trips and talks.
Make plans to experience and support Corpus Christi’s newest festival. After all, spring bird migration happens only once a year!