Everything to Know about Birdiest Festival in America
After being named “America’s Birdiest City” for a decade, Corpus Christi is home to the perfect festival to celebrate BIRDS!
Corpus Christi's “The Birdiest Festival in America” will be held April 22-26, 2020 at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center! Birders from as far away as the West Coast and Florida are registering for the fantastic festival to be held at a key Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Site. If you love birds, nature and the outdoors, this is the festival to be at. Here’s why:
1. The festival is PERFECTLY timed to coincide with spring migration
The migration window is only about two weeks for prime migration: the perfect time for a bird festival. Not to fear, as you are bound to see hundreds of species of birds during the festival.
2. There are literally hundreds of species of birds to see
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! The inaugural year of 2017 had 246 species, 257 species in 2018 and 262 species in 2019, bringing this festival in the running to have the largest species count of any festival in the country. How exciting is that?
3. See Keynote Speaker David Allen Sibley
David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including the New York Times bestseller The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed art and articles to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and wrote and illustrated a syndicated column for The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
4. Take your family on a bird walk!
Gather the friends and family and take a bird walk nature stroll! Bird walks on each day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Goose Island State Park Fridays on Saturday, Blucher Park on Saturday and Sunday and the South Texas Botanical Gardens on Friday and Sunday. A $5 donation is asked at the registration table to participate.
5. Oh yeah, the adults get to go on field trips too!
In addition to the relaxing outdoor venue filled with a multitude of birding opportunities, there are optional, separately-priced field trips to nearby birding hot-spots like King Ranch, Fennessey Ranch, Port Aransas, the Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area and more. Experience the South Texas habitats unique to the birds, with local and regional birding experts providing their wisdom and insights for the trips!
All attendees must register in advance for trips due to limited space. You can check out the many different field trips here.
6. Photographers, there’s lots of stuff for you too.
Photographers, rejoice. The Birdiest Festival will have several photography workshops. If you’re just someone who loves to take photos for fun, the workshops are for you! Learn from the pros on getting a magnificent shot of nature and birds and butterflies during the festival. Meet fellow photographers and snap photos of hummingbirds and more along the way. Limited seating available.
7. There’s a Family FUN Area for all the kids!
Bring friends and family of all ages for the Family Fun Area on Saturday, April 21 for more activities and crafts for kids than ever! Experience FREE Raptor Shows with your Botanical Gardens admission.
8. All the Arts and Crafts Vendors!
Shop local and around nature during the Birdiest Festival in America! Happening Saturday only, the artisan booths will be available at the South Texas Botanical Gardens.
Detailed information, schedule and online registration is available at www.stxbot.org. A $25 per person basic registration fee includes six seminars/special talks, vendor tent, arts/crafts booths,“Raptor Project” shows and Botanical Gardens admission. The $25 registration is required to be eligible for field trips and talks.
Make plans to experience the Birdiest Festival in America in Corpus Christi, Texas!
After all, spring bird migration happens only once a year. www.birdiestfestival.org
April 22-26, 2020
South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Want to attend? Check out the 2020 Schedule!