Those who attend the New River Birding & Nature Festival quickly discover the key components at the very root of the experience we provide: hospitality; meeting the interests and needs of our guests; 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. These are the values that drive our efforts to provide an experience that is as good as it can be, every spring since 2002.
From our great food – you won’t find better at any birding event anywhere – to our sincere effort to make lifelong friends, the New River Birding & Nature Festival is, as Bill Thompson III (editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest) describes it, "a down home, summer camp for birders where you never want to go home." The hosts, guides, guests and volunteers leave on a first-name basis with heart-felt wishes to see one another again the following year.
We pride ourselves in putting birds in the scope for as many of our guests as possible, enjoying the moments and sharing discovery experiences. Field trips with a maximum of 25 guests (many are just 10) and a minimum of two expert guides, depart daily with the expectation of experiencing a great day of bird watching. We're not about buses speeding down the road just to put tick marks on a checklist while peering out the windows... but that can be fun too.
As you know, there is a delicate balance that must be maintained to sustain the woodland habitat of the warblers and other birds that draw your attention here on their migratory path and nesting grounds. We know you agree that educating today's youth builds appreciation tomorrow. We share our environmental knowledge with our guests as well and with local youth. Through the years thousands of students have heard from us in various ways, that birds and the habitat they depend on are beautiful resources that can be a part of their future if they strive to maintain it and it's all great fun to discover and watch! Your participation in any of our events helps provide funding for environmental education and leadership training to the youth in our communities in Fayette County WV and beyond.
Geoff, Rachel, Keith, Paul and all of us associated with the New River Birding & Nature Festival have had the good fortune to be touched by the many friendships that have grown from it. For that reason, it is easy to assure you that we do our best to deliver outstanding bird and nature watching experiences and help create fond memories for the time you invest in us. We want to show you the lush southern West Virginia countryside and we hope you enjoy rest in places like Cathedral Café, Opossum Creek Retreat, and Country Road Cabins as they are all part of the place we are proud to call home.
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