Birding, Ecology, Friendship and Fun

April 30 - May 5, 2018

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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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Birding & Nature Events

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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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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"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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