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About Us

Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Spring Festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours 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 Warblers, as well as the Scarlet Tanager.

A friendly birding and nature 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.

Our interests aren't confined to spring migration... click Birding & Nature Events to check out our other events.

Who We Are

We believe in hospitality, great field trip experiences, promoting our area as a great place to live, learn, work and play, and being proactive in efforts to conserve the resources that bring colorful migrant birds our way each spring. ... All of the team members associated with the New River Birding & Nature Festival have had the good fortune to be touched by the friendships that have developed through our events over the years. For that very reason it is easy to keep a promise to you that we will do everything in our power to assure that the time and money you invest in joining us at the New River Birding & Nature Festival will deliver outstanding bird watching experiences and fond memories for a long time to come. READ MORE

Where We Are

Located in the picturesque Appalachian mountains and valleys in Fayette County, West Virginia. Smithsonian's Aerial America named the area one of the "Top 13 Landscapes of 2013!" Coincidence? We think not. Our beloved deciduous forests provide crucial stopover habitat for migrating birds and birders. READ MORE

Our Culinary Team

Meet the Festival's very own Culinary Team. These individuals create the tastiest parts of the week we all enjoy! READ MORE

Birder Chatter

Reviews. See what some very cool bird nerds and weed pickers are saying about us. READ MORE