May 1 - 6, 2017
Spring Festival Registration is Closed
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 has 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. This bird watching nature festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours.
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. Signature guided bird watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit.
Preregistration is required: Festival Registration
Join us for terrific times and help perpetuate the future of birding and environmental stewardship! Maybe you can only get away for half a day, or you would like to spend just a few more hours with some of the Festival family... two new opportunities sprung up and will return in 2017 - April 30 Dinner on the Boardwalk and May 7 Big Sit Morning.
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Birding & Nature Opportunities
Check out these event and program ideas, pick your favorite and go in on your own or with a friend.
Funds raised through our events and programs go toward environmental education programs through the 501c3 Fayette County Education Fund, Inc.
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Hummingbird Festival, August 13, 2016
Held annually in August, discover the Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds feeding, nesting, migration, and behavior, and
how to design a habitat to attract these tiny birds!
Click here to learn more about New River Hummingbird Festival.
Hawk Gawk & Warbler Walk, October 7-9, 2016
Our exclusive Hawk Gawk & Warbler Walk fall birding weekend is limited to 12 guests. The up-close, hands-on, small-group weekend of feathered fun, brilliant trip leaders and awesome people offers a unique opportunity to work closely with educator-naturalist Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. and Warbler Guide co-author Tom Stephenson to enhance your skills in raptor and fall warbler identification while having fun.
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"Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest" by Julie Zickefoose - Official Festival Book Launch
We were thrilled to host the official festival launch of Julie’s new book at her traditional Friday night NRBNF presentation slot. Julie shared her beautiful, warm and revolutionary new work as only she can. If you missed the opportunity to hear her speak at the Festival... her work, her personality and her style are one of a wonderful kind... click here to listen to a podcast interview.
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$10 to the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund!
New River Birding & Nature Festival is proud to be a part of Road Scholar, Adventures in Lifelong Learning. Click here for more information about Road Scholar.
"Bird watching is gaining popularity in West Virginia due to the state's ecological diversity. Watch as a humming bird is banded and released during the annual festival," New River Birding & Nature Festival, produced by Marta Ree Tankersley for WVSU Newsline/WV PBS
Summersville Community TV NRBNF: Video 1 and Video 2
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