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Birding, Ecology, Friendship and Fun

May 2 - 7, 2016

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 the Festival family... two new opportunities sprung up May 1 Dinner on the Boardwalk and May 8 Big Sit Morning.

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"Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest" by Julie Zickefoose - Official Festival Book Launch

We are thrilled to host the official festival launch of Julie’s new book at her traditional Friday night NRBNF presentation slot. Julie will share her beautiful, warm and revolutionary new work as only she can. If you have not had the opportunity to hear her speak... her work, her personality and her style are one of a wonderful kind. Spend Friday with us to meet Julie!

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Student Environmental Education Scholarships

Available to students for a Single-Day Package during our Spring Festival, to be immersed in environmental education under the instruction of the expert guides at the Festival. The $225 scholarships are awarded by the Fayette County Education Fund and made possible through NRBNF participation and donations. For scholarship information and application requests, please Contact Us or learn more about Who We Support

Click here to read about our 2015 student trip

FUNdraising 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 2016

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

Click here to learn more about New River Hummingbird Festival.

Bird Watchers Digest...
Five Reasons to Subscribe or Gift it - click here

Entertaining, educating, and easy-peasy shopping ;)
Subscribe or gift it with this link and they will donate
$10 to the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund!

Road Scholar


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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