Dear Friends,

We’re deeply grieved by the tragic loss of loved ones caused by COVID-19; the havoc of its continued spread and the prolonged anxiety and isolation in its wake. For the safety of all our Festival participants and all of our communities, the ‘21 Festival cannot be held. Understandably, the WV Governors’ Office maintains a prohibition on fairs, festivals, carnivals, and similar events, and the CDC warns against large group gatherings. We continue to take their recommendations seriously and want us all to stay safe and keep one another safe.

We do see relief on the horizon in the forms of vaccines and various immunity over the coming months. We optimistically anticipate resuming the Festival in 2022, albeit with new health safety standards in place. Your companionship and laughter are greatly missed and we’re saddened to have to wait to meet new friends. Please, join us in hope for 2022. 

We will present a Virtual ‘21 NRBNF. While it cannot be the same as spending time with you in the field, we hope to share some joy and laughs. It's FREE and everyone is welcome to join us on Facebook starting Sunday evening, April 25, through Saturday, May 1 during our regular Festival week for daily bird watching, photo and video highlights, stories, raffles, discussions, and t’shirt sales. “Favorite” our Facebook page so you don’t miss any details or action!

For those of you who would like to consider traveling to the area and birding on your own, keep an eye out our upcoming page, Birding on Your Own in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, to be linked here when it's live.

As always, please reach out to us with questions, concerns, comments, and conversation. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all in 2022, May 2 - 7, if not sooner.

Be well. Stay well. Keep one another well.

Rachel, Geoff, Keith, Paul

The Festival is a non-profit fundraising event for LFC above and beyond Festival attendance and hope you will consider continuing those incredible contributions. Information can be found on our website: Who We Support.

posted 01/19/2021

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