Comments and Reviews, 2015

"Welcomes new birders, challenges repeat participants to hear and observe large numbers of neotropical migrators and offers the long-time birder an opportunity to discuss habitats, migratory patterns and bird behavior with renowned experts." - Repeat Visitor, 2015

"New River Birding and Nature Festival has it all - great birding, warm hospitality, a beautiful setting." - Repeat Visitor, 2015

"We have gone to NRBNF for the last 5 years and plan to continue in the future. The Guides are EXCELLENT and the ratio of guides to participants is amazing. Several trips were 3 or 4 people per guide. Guides and participants are friendly and eager to help one another see and hear the birds. We recommend this trip for beginners as well as seasoned birders. It is an opportunity for people living in the western United States to see the eastern warblers and songbirds. The afternoon and evening talks are informative and interesting. We always learn something. The meals are great and include healthy alternatives. The leadership team of Dave, Rachel, Geoff, and Keith make this event seem like it runs effortlessly, but behind the scenes, their careful attention to all the details and to the well being of all their guests is incredible. Thank you!" - Mary Ellen & Tom, 2015

"The guides on all of the trips we took this year and last were just amazing: nice, knowledgeable, fun, helpful, attentive, plenty of spotting scopes, definitely tried very hard to give the best experience possible.” - Repeat Visitor, 2015

"Talking over dinner one night we were discussing birding bucket lists and the number of returnees and familiar faces. We joked the motto should be: Your birding bucket list will change from 'Attend NRBNF' to 'Go back to NRBNF.'" - Erik Bruder Bay Village, OH, 2015


"LOVE this festival from the first moment to the last! Not to mention the extraordinary hosts!" - Visitor, 2015

"Don't change a thing... love the small size of the festival. We felt like family from day one." - First Time Visitor, 2015

"I have nothing to compare you to, but I think you're the best birding/nature festival out there. HA!" - Repeat Visitor, 2015

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Festival. The key for me was that we were very quickly made to feel like we were part of the family. The focus was for everyone to have a good time. The leaders were excellent! I think what you're doing for the community and the kids is outstanding!" - Warren Cairo, Cape May, NJ, 2015

"I think you should keep your festival a secret...! Just kidding, of course - I'm sure glad I heard about it for 2015!" - Carol Daugherty, Rockville, MD, 2015