In and around the New River Gorge National River
Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson’s Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager.
A friendly birding vacation for everyone, the week-long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival. Rockjumper will be represented by George Armistead, who is very excited to see you all there.
With options to suit many budgets, packages range from week-long with cabin accommodations to a single day without lodging. Each day offers a great field trip of your choice, three tasty meals, two knowledge and fun packed presentations, world-class experts you will call friends, and good times!
This year, the Vancouver International Bird Festival will be held in conjunction with the 27th International Ornithological Congress, which will be the first time this event will be held on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. This promises to be the biggest bird festival ever held in Canada, with the event catering for birdwatchers, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With bird-related workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions and lectures taking place across Vancouver over 8 days, there is sure to be more than enough to participate in, especially since most of the events are free!
This will be the first time Rockjumper will be represented here, and we are chomping at the bit to see what it has to offer – and you should be too!
As North America’s most extensive gathering of bird-related products, services, companies, destinations and organisations, the American Birding Expo is THE event for birders from all walks of life. An entry fee of just $10 will give you access to bird walks and workshops, featured presentations and a plethora of exhibitions from the world’s top nature companies and organisations over the entire weekend.
The event is taking place in Philly, the stomping grounds of Rockjumper’s very own George Armistead, who will naturally be attending the event and manning our exhibition. Look out for him while you’re there and say hi!
Each year WFO holds a multi-day conference with scientific papers, field trips, workshops, panels, a keynote address, the annual membership meeting, and other events. The location varies each year as WFO attempts to span its region of coverage while also making its conferences accessible to the bulk of its members.
This year, the conference takes to Ventura, California, where the schedule includes two pelagic trips to Santa Cruz Island to see the Island Scrub Jay, as well as many other field trips during the height of Fall migration. Rockjumper will be well-represented here by George Armistead, who looks forward to seeing you there too.
The Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival has become an annual wildlife refuge fundraising event, offering over 90 birding, photography, art and natural history programs within 6 national wildlife refuges over 6 north-east North Carolina counties.
Small participant-to-leader ratios mean that you won’t get ‘lost in the crowd’ as you enjoy some truly spectacular wildlife opportunities. What’s more, every leader is a professional in their own field, volunteering their time and expertise to the event.
This year, Rockjumper’s George Armistead is not only attending the event, but will be the Keynote Speaker as well, so be sure to come along and take in what he has to say!
The 25th consecutive Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival will be celebrated within the first half of November. The location of the event is ideal for birding the area, situated within 90 minutes of a number of prime habitats. Each trip will be led by professional guides, with a low participant-to-leader ratio, to provide excellent spotting and identification. On top of this, participants can attend the Birders Bazaar, where over 60 vendors will be showcasing their bird-related products.
Ric Zarwell will be representing Rockjumper at this event, so be sure to keep an eye out for him.
The 31st Annual Festival of the Cranes is a celebration of the winter migration of the Sandhill Cranes to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Avid birders from around the world flock to the Refuge to view the spectacular exhibit of fowl. Get to the refuge about 30 minutes before sunrise and sunset and witness the spectacle of watching a huge number of birds setting out for / returning from a day of foraging. Spend the rest of your time touring the Refuge’s loop for the remaining wildlife and enjoy the festival’s 100 tours, workshops, socials and events.
Ric Zarwell is representing Rockjumper here, and is seriously looking forward to taking part and meeting you!