Birding, Ecology, Friendship and Fun

May 2 - 7, 2016

Spring Festival 2016 Registration is Closed. Site updates are underway. Check back soon.

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.

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FUNdraising Opportunities

Funds raised through our programs and events go toward environmental education programs through the 501c3 Fayette County Education Fund, Inc.

The Wet & Wild
Scheduled at your convenience. Click here for details.
Creating greater access into the Wetlands! Fund the construction of a section of Wetlands Boardwalk then schedule a customized hands-on program for your friends or organization!

School Days
Share the spirit of adventure and curiosity with school children through a "School Days" patronage. Every $500 School Days donation goes entirely to wetlands education programming for our local schools at the New River Birding& Nature Center's Outdoor Classroom, Wetlands Boardwalk and Woodland Trails. Click here for details.

Open to everyone, birds banded during the week of the Festival are now available for adoption! More information is coming! Contact us to get started.

Hummingbird Festival, August 22, 2016

Held annually in August, discover the Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds feeding, nesting, migration, and behavior, and
how to design a hummingbird habitat!

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Bird Watchers Digest...
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Road Scholar
New River Birding & Nature Festival is proud to be a part of Road Scholar, Adventures in Lifelong Learning. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. Click anywhere in this text 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

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