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April 30 - May 5, 2018

Join us all week, either half of the week, or any combination of single days. Packages with lodging check-in the day before the first field trip and check-out the day after the last field trip.

Carpool trips return by 2:00. Recommended for those who want a day to slip in late or slip out early for a little additional rest or sight seeing. Limited to twenty persons and two or more guides.

Gold Standard trips return by 2:00. A few are tried-and-true and a few are new; all are absolute gems. Limited to twenty-five persons and two or more guides, these trips are by bus.

Premium trips return by 4:30 and are an additional $50/person to the base package price. Limited to ten persons and two guides, these small group trips roll with us through the afternoon in deluxe transportation via suv or van.

All Day trips return by 5:00 (exception Bobolinks to Bald Eagles) and are an additional $25/person to the base package price. Limited to twenty persons and up to five guides, these trips use bus transportation.

VIP Specialty trips are first available to participants of the previous Festival, then open to everyone until seats are filled. Cranberry Flora is set up like a Premium trip and is an additional $50/person. Never Been There is set up like a Gold Standard trip.

Dinner Out means the trip (Bobolinks to Bald Eagles) will stop at a restaurant for dinner and return at approx 7:30pm. Dinner is included in the package.

Popcorn Presentations when you just can’t get enough, start at 3'ish at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat and last approximately one hour – and yes... we serve popcorn!

 Use Your Birding & Nature Vacation to Revitalize Your Mind and Body. Afternoons are the perfect opportunity to take personal time to relax and unwind. Spend yours as you please... napping, hot tubbing, walking, site seeing, etc. Or at a Popcorn Presentation!

That's the gist. Now the details.

Sunday, April 29
6pm - 8pm  Dinner FUNdraiser. Start the week together again or for the first time, around a catered gourmet dinner with expert guides and fellow bird watchers at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat featuring food, drinks, and great company for a contribution of $100 per person to the Fayette County Education Fund. Space is limited to 20 people.

Monday, April 30
6am - 2pm  Birding by Butt carpool / caravan
6am - 2pm  Never Been There vip specialty
6am - 5pm  Cranberry Flora vip specialty premium + $50/person
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - Words with Bird Nerds: candid conversation with expert Trip Leaders
6pm - 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - Jim McCormac

Tuesday, May 1
6am – 2pm  Fayette Station Walk carpool
6am – 2pm  Glade Creek gold standard - FULL
6am – 4:30pm  Sugar Creek premium + $50/person
6am – 5pm  Burnwood to Babcock all day + $25/person
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - Festival Hosts: Behind the Scenes, You Make a Difference
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - Katie Fallon

Wednesday, May 2
6am – 2pm  Summerlee Rail Trail carpool
6am – 2pm  Woods, Creek & Farm gold standard - FULL
6am – 4:30pm  Bolt Mountain premium + $50/person
6am – 7:30pm  Bobolinks to Bald Eagles all day + $25/person dinner out
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - tbd
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Birding by Butt Evening

Thursday, May 3
6am – 2pm  Long Point Walk carpool
6am – 2pm  Burnwood to Babcock gold standard
6am – 4:30pm  Cotton Hill premium + $50/person - FULL
6am – 5pm  High country all day + $25/person
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - All New Words with Other Bird Nerds: candid conversation with expert Trip Leaders
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - tbd

Friday, May 4
6am – 2pm  ACE Reptiles & Amphibians carpool
6am – 2pm   Fayette Station gold standard - FULL
6am – 4:30pm  Going for Gold premium + $50/person - 1 seat
6am – 5pm  Guest's Choice all day + $25/person
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - tbd
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - Julie Zickefoose

Saturday, May 5
6am – 2pm  Wolf Creek Walk carpool
6am – 2pm  Sugar Creek gold standard - FULL
6am – 4:30pm  Muddlety Strips premium + $50/person
6am – 5pm  Cranberry Glades all day + $25/person
6pm – ?pm  Dinner then Farewell Party with Bill Thompson III and the Rain Crows

*Please be forgiving as the speaker line-ups may change due to unforeseen schedule changes; all times are approximate and may vary due to accessibility and bird movement; trip routes are subject to change due to bird movement, weather conditions, and other unforeseen variables.


Daily Details
♦ Festival check-in is in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat; you'll be provided a checklist, personal itinerary, name tag, and other items.
♦ Monday Birding by Butt meets at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat - coffee is on at 6am, breakfast at 8am.
♦ All other field trips meet for a hot buffet breakfast at 6am in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood.
♦ Field trip transportation departs by 7am. Transportation is provided (exception Carpool trips).
♦ Gold Standard and Carpool trips return by 2pm. Premium trips return by 4:30. All-Day trips return by 5 (exception Bobolinks to Bald Eagles).
♦ Popcorn Presentations are at 3pm, then Dinner is at 6pm - both are at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Evening Presentations immediately follow dinner.
♦ Directions and maps to lodging and daily rendezvous points are provided prior to arrival.
♦ Read More for all the details!

Recommended from here: Trip Descriptions. Lodging. Festival Registration.