Friends, fellow bird nerds and nature nuts,
We've made the decision to cancel the 2020 New River Birding & Nature Festival due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. This decision was not made lightly and is for the safety of all participants and all of our communities. It is our obligation to help the effort to flatten the curve. On March 15th the CDC announced that events with over 50 people should be canceled, which affirmed our decision. We take their recommendations seriously and while it is a difficult adjustment, we all must do our part to stay safe and keep one another safe during this time.

We’ll miss your companionship, laughter, and shared knowledge; to our new guests, we have to wait to meet you and we hope you will consider joining us in 2021. With this announcement, we offer options for your consideration.

We hope you will consider applying your payments as credit toward the 2021 Festival, April 26 - May 1, so that our Fayette County students can continue their education outside the classroom through the Leadership Fayette County (LFC) program and our other hands-on nature-based programs. As you may know, the proceeds from the non-profit Festival fundraising event help fund the LFC programs and our hands-on nature-based programming for all ages.

We can issue a refund if you wish us to do so, though we cannot refund fees taken by PayPal; individuals will receive detailed payment, PayPal fee, and refund information.

Please contact Rachel with instructions to:

  • apply your entire 2020 payment to the 2021 Festival (including the free t'shirt, for those who qualified).
  • request a refund.

As some of you may be aware, we raise funds for LFC above and beyond Festival attendance and hope you will consider continuing those incredible contributions, even though we will not be together this Festival this year. Information can be found on our website, Who We Support.

Those with registrations will soon hear from us individually as we reach out over the next few days. As always, please reach out to us with questions, comments or concerns. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all at the New River Birding & Nature Festival in 2021, if not sooner.

Be well,
Rachel, Geoff, Keith, Paul

Posted 3/17/2020

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