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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 and nature festival. Signature guided bird watching experiences include opportunities to visit a wide range of habitats with world class instruction for beginners as well as those wanting to enhance their skills.