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"I always hate to leave the festival. It's really a magical experience for me every time. I became a birder here and each time I come I get more experience and knowledge to help me improve for the next time. The area is absolutely beautiful. I really liked seeing the kids who have benefited from us in some small way - I like the idea that we give a little something to the area. I don't come to get specific birds - the joy is in going out and looking and finding. The absolute best part of the festival is the people: Geoff, Keith, Rachel, Dave and Lynn, all the wonderful guides, and almost all the people who come. I am always amazed at the friends I have made. I am a different person at New River. Birding has enriched my life." - Kelly B.