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April 29 - May 4, 2019

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 plus 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 plus guides, these trips are by big bus.

Premium trips return by 4:30 and are an additional $50/person to the base package price. Limited to ten persons plus 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 Cranberry Original return by 7:30) and are an additional $25/person to the base package price. Limited to twelve persons plus guides, these trips use upgraded minibus transportation (exception Cranberry Original, limited to twenty participants, uses big bus).

VIP Specialty trips are first available to participants of previous Festivals travel by big bus and return by 1pm. 

TreeTops Zip Line Canopy Tour is $59/person, add it to your Birding by Butt afternoon and return before dinner for a combination of ziplines, sky bridges and stationary tree platforms for an exciting birds-eye view.

Dinner Out means the trips Bobolinks to Bald Eagles and Cranberry Original stop at a restaurant for dinner and return at approx 7:30pm. Dinner is included.

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!

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That's the gist. Now the details.

Sunday, April 28
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. Menu options: Beef Wellington, Salmon, or Vegetarian. Select Dinner in the Meadows on your trip registration or just add it with this link.

Monday, April 29
6am - 2pm  Birding by Butt carpool / caravan
6am - 2pm  Never Been There vip specialty - FULL
1pm - 5:30pm  TreeTops Zip Line Canopy Tour *Start your day Birding by Butt AND add TreeTops Canopy Tour in the afternoon!
3pm - 4pm  Popcorn Presentation - Words with Bird Nerds: candid conversation with expert Trip Leaders
6pm - 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - Jim McCormac

Tuesday, April 30
6am – 2pm  Fayette Station Walk carpool
6am – 2pm  Glade Creek gold standard - FULL
6am – 4:30pm  Sugar Creek premium + $50/person  - FULL
6am – 5pm  Burnwood to Babcock all day + $25/person
3pm - 4pm  Popcorn Presentation - tba
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - tba

Wednesday, May 1
6am – 2pm  Summerlee Rail Trail carpool
6am – 2pm  Woods, Creek & Farm gold standard
6am – 4:30pm  Bolt Mountain premium + $50/person
6am – 7:30pm  Bobolinks to Bald Eagles all day + $25/person dinner out - FULL
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - All New Words with Bird Nerds: candid conversation with expert Trip Leaders
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Mix & Mingle

Thursday, May 2
6am – 2pm  Long Point Walk carpool
6am – 2pm  Burnwood to Babcock gold standard
6am – 4:30pm  Cotton Hill premium + $50/person - FULL
6am – 7:30pm  Cranberry Original all day + $25/person dinner out
3pm - 4pm Popcorn Presentation - tba
6pm – 8pm  Dinner then Presentation - Mark Garland

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

Saturday, May 4
6am – 2pm  Wolf Creek Walk carpool
6am – 2pm  Sugar Creek gold standard
6am – 4:30pm  Muddlety Wetlands & Ridges premium + $50/person
6am – 5pm  Cranberry Glades all day + $25/person - FULL
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
♦ All Day Trips have upgraded comfortable minibus transportation and are limited to twelve participants (exception Cranberry Original).
♦ Packages with lodging check-in the day before the first field trip and check-out the day after the last field trip.
♦ Festival check-in is in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat everyday after 2pm, where you'll be provided a checklist, personal itinerary, name tag, and other items.
♦ Birding by Butt Monday meets at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat - coffee is on at 6am, breakfast at 8am.
♦ Never Been There meets for breakfast at Opossum Creek Retreat at 6am, then carpools to Burnwood to travel by bus by 7am, and returns by 1pm.
♦ All other field trips meet for a hot buffet breakfast at 6am in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood.
♦ Field trips depart by 7am.
♦ Field Trip transportation is provided (exception Carpool trips). Travel to and from breakfast and dinner/presentation location, lodging, and airport is not included.
♦ ♦ Gold Standard is a big bus; Premium is an SUV or van; All Day is comfortable minibus with bucket seats and center isle.
♦ Trip return times: Gold Standard and Carpools by 2pm. Premiums return by 4:30. All-Days return by 5 (exception Wednesday Bobolinks to Bald Eagles and Thursday Cranberry Original @ 7:30)
♦ 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 are provided prior to arrival.

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