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April 27 - May 2, 2020

The gist.

Join us all week, either half of the week, or any combination of single days.

Carpool trips return by 1:00. Recommended for those who want a day to slip in late or slip out early for a little additional rest or sight seeing.

Gold Standard trips return by 1:00. A few are tried-and-true and a few are new; all are absolute gems. Limited to fifteen participants plus guides, these trips are on a big blue bus.

Premium trips return by 3:30 and are an additional $50/person to the base package price. Limited to ten persons plus guides, these small group trips roll through the afternoon in deluxe transportation via suv or van.

All Day trips return by 4:00 (exception Bobolinks to Bald Eagles and Cranberry Original return by 6:30) and are an additional $25/person to the base package price. Limited to twelve persons plus guides, these trips use a comfortable minibus (exception Cranberry Original, limited to fifteen participants, uses a big blue bus).

Dinner Out means the trip stops at a local restaurant for dinner and returns by 6:30pm. Dinner is included. Bobolinks to Bald Eagles Wednesday, and Cranberry Original Thursday.

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

 Use Your Birding & Nature Vacation to Revitalize Your Mind and Body, and your afternoons are the perfect opportunity to take personal time. Spend yours as you please... napping, reading, hot tubbing, walking, journaling, site seeing, Popcorn Presentation, etc.

Quick Reference Trip Descriptions - click to open in a new window/tab.

Now the details.

Sunday, April 26
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 in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat with gourmet food, drinks, and great company for a contribution of $100 per person to the Fayette County Education Fund. Space is limited to 20 people plus a few special surprise guests. The menu includes a vegetarian option and is sent to those with reservations for selection prior to the event. Select "Sunday Dinner" on your registration form.

Monday, April 27
6am – 1pm  Birding by Butt carpool / caravan - check-in and breakfast in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat: coffee is on at 6am; breakfast at 8am.
7am – 1pm  Never Been There - check-in and breakfast at Burnwood at 6am.
7am – 1pm  Birding the Summit *NEW* - check-in and breakfast at Burnwood at 6am. - FULL
3pm – 4pm  Popcorn Talk - to be determined
6pm – 7pm  Dinner
7pm – Evening Presentation - Jim McCormac

Tuesday, April 28
6am – 7am  Breakfast at Burnwood
7am – 1pm  Fayette Station Walk carpool
7am – 1pm  Glade Creek gold standard- FULL
7am – 1pm  Sugar Creekgold standard
7am – 3:30pm  Bolt Mountain premium + $50/person  - FULL
7am – 4pm  Burnwood to Babcock all day + $25/person
3pm – 4pm  Popcorn Talk - to be determined
6pm – 7pm  Dinner
7pm – Evening Presentation - to be determined

Wednesday, April 29
6am – 7am  Breakfast at Burnwood
7am – 1pm  Summerlee Rail Trail carpool
7am – 1pm  Sugar Creek gold standard
7am – 1pm  Birding the Summit gold standard*NEW* - 1 SEAT OPEN
7am – 3:30pm  Bolt Mountain premium + $50/person
7am – 6:30pm  Bobolinks to Bald Eagles all day + $25/person dinner out
3pm – 4pm  Popcorn Presentation - Words with Bird Nerds: Candid Panel Conversations
6pm – 7pm  Dinner
7pm – Evening Presentation - to be determined

Thursday, April 30
6am – 7am  Breakfast at Burnwood
7am – 1pm  Long Point Walk carpool
7am – 1pm  Burnwood to Babcock gold standard
7am – 1pm  Sugar Creek gold standard
7am – 3:30pm  Dams, Rivers, Streams & Waterfalls premium + $50/person *NEW*- FULL
7am – 6:30pm  Cranberry Original all day + $25/person dinner out
3pm – 4pm  Popcorn Presentation - to be determined
6pm – 7pm  Dinner
7pm – Evening Presentation - Katie Fallon

Friday, May 1
6am – 7am  Breakfast at Burnwood
7am – 1pm  ACE Reptiles & Amphibians carpool
7am – 1pm  Fayette Station gold standard
7am – 1pm  Sugar Creek gold standard
7am – 3:30pm  Going for Gold premium + $50/person - 1 SEAT OPEN
7am – 4pm  Guides Choice all day + $25/person *REDUX*- FULL
3pm – 4pm  Popcorn Presentation - to be determined
6pm – 7pm  Dinner
7pm – Evening Presentation - Julie Zickefoose

Saturday, May 2
6am – 7am Breakfast at Burnwood
7am – 1pm  Wolf Creek Walk carpool
7am – 1pm  Sugar Creek gold standard
7am – 1pm  Burnwood to Babcock gold standard
7am – 3:30pm  Muddlety Wetlands & Ridges premium + $50/person - FULL
7am – 4pm  Cranberry Glades all day + $25/person - FULL
6pm – Pizza and Farewell Party!

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


Daily Details

♦ Lodging check-in with the lodging provider the day before the first field trip and check-out the day after the last field trip.
♦ Festival check-in depends on the Package you select; details are in your registration Confirmation.
♦ ♦ Check-in items you will be provided include a checklist, personal itinerary and name tag.
♦ Breakfast is served hot buffet style at 6am in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood (exception Birding by Butt).
♦ Field trips depart Burnwood by 7am (exception Birding by Butt).
♦ Trip return times vary: Carpools and Gold Standard by 1pm; Premiums by 3:30pm; All-Days by 4pm (exception Wednesday Bobolinks to Bald Eagles and Thursday Cranberry Original by 6:30pm).
♦ Trips return to Burnwood.
♦ Transportation to and from breakfast, dinner, presentations, lodging, and airport is not provided.
♦ Field Trip transportation is provided (exception Carpool trips).
♦ ♦ Gold Standard's are in a big blue bus.
♦ ♦ Premium's are by SUV or van.
♦ ♦ All Day's are by minibus with bucket seats (exception Cranberry Original uses a big blue bus).
♦ Presentations and Dinners are in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Evening Presentations immediately follow dinner.
♦ Directions and maps are provided prior to arrival.

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