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Planning a Road Trip Out West? 

Check out these Winter Bird Festivals and birding hotspots!

Did you know winter birding in the West can be absolutely thrilling? Here are a few ideas on where you can go to see resident and migratory birds in vast landscapes. They’ll take your breath away! Escape the winter blues with a birding road trip to the Wild West.  And Enter to win one of these Western Winter Birding Road Trip prizes!

When: January 26 – 29, 2023
Where: Chico, CA
Website: www.snowgoosefestival.org

 Ready for a Winter Adventure!

 See the beauty and the excitement of avian migration at this action-packed 4-day festival that celebrates the remarkable journey of millions of waterfowl and thousands of raptors along the Pacific Flyway that call Northern Sacramento Valley their winter home.

  • BANQUET & KEYNOTE SPEAKER Julie Rentner, President, River Partners

 Bird List   

Contact info: info@snowgoosefestival.org

When: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Where: 610 Chabolla Avenue,  Galt, CA
Website: www.cityofgalt.org/wbf 

Winter Bird Festival offers nature enthusiasts of all ages more than 20 individual activities, including exclusive preserve tours, educational presentations, wildlife shows, art displays, wine walk, hometown history, hands-on activities, guest speakers and more. More than 3,000 participants each year immerse themselves in this natural treasure while discovering the fascinating world of bird and habitat conservation. 

Winter Bird Festival is unique in many ways: 

  • Promotes outdoor recreation as a way to strengthen our community 
  • Provides Galt residents with opportunities for fun and hands on educational learning
  • Attracts the community to see the beauty and tranquility of the Cosumnes River Preserve.
  • Creates partnerships among community businesses and organizations with a mutual goal of strengthening community unity
  • A memorable experience for everyone from grandparents to toddlers  

Contact for more information: jgarcia@cityofgalt.org

When: Feb. 17 – 20, 2023
Where: 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Website: www.WinterWingsFest.org

The Winter Wings brings together birders and photographers to learn and explore with top notch professionals and enthusiastic local guides. The Klamath Basin is renowned for its massive wintering population of Bald Eagles, but is prime habitat for many other raptors including owls, as well as a diversity of waterfowl. 

The 2023 Festival will feature singer/songwriter and raptor specialist Jen Hajj and award-winning photographer Ray Hennessy. 

Some of the birds you may see: American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, White-headed Woodpecker, Cackling Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Tundra Swan, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Sandhill Crane, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Great Blue Heron

Contact for more information:  info@winterwingsfest.org

When: Feb 22-26, 2023
Where: Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Website: www.sandiegoaudubon.org/birding/san-diego-bird-festival

San Diego Bird Festival is a celebration of the wild birds and habitats in San Diego County. Come to sunny San Diego to look for birds—we’ve got one of the largest checklists of any county in the US! Get your California Specialties like California Gnatcatcher, Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail, desert dwellers like the LeConte’s Thrasher, and pelagic birds too! Our field trips touch every corner of the county. We also have classroom programs like ID seminars, travel programs, and how-to presentations where you can learn specific things you can to do help birds as our world changes.  Full Festival Schedule

 Contact for more information: hajj@sandiegoaudubon.org

Photo Credit: Faith Barton
Photo Credit: Frimmel Smith
Photo Credit: Frimmel Smith

Bird a number of rich birding areas between Chico and Fresno along the 99 and the 5.  Follow the link below to see all the locations!