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Eagle Fest
February 11-12, 2006

Emory, TX
Phone: 903-473-3913 - E-mail: Info@eaglefest.org
Held the second weekend of each year, Eagle Fest was started as an educational effort to expand our knowledge of nature and our heritage. Each year the festival includes educational displays, exhibitions and lectures; Native American art and performances; live music; and nature tours.  Held on the Rains County Fair Grounds, the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the US Army Corps of Engineers are always a huge part of the event providing speakers, water safety exhibits, tour guides and nature exhibits. Eagle Fest is also privileged to provide two famous bird rehabilitation organizations. On the Wing Again provides an opportunity for kids and adults to see birds up close as they walk though the exhibit and have guides teach all about these wonderful animals and point out their unique features and abilities. Last Chance Forever provides shows of birds in action. They demonstrate the interaction between man and his environment with such birds of prey as owls, vultures, falcons, hawks and eagles.


Brownsville International Birding Festival
February 16-19, 2006
Brownsville, TX
Phone: 800-626-2639 - E-mail: lalvarado@brownsville.org or brownsvilleinfo@brownsville.org
Very special birding awaits you this February amidst the best overall climate in Texas. The sixth annual Brownsville International Birding Festival offers Birders and other nature lovers a complete program of field trips, seminars and other fun events that will explore the biodiversity of South Texas and Northern Mexico . The Brownsville International Birding Festival is your introduction to the wonderful semi-tropical paradise of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The schedule is planned so that you will have a chance to enjoy our famous border hospitality during the festival, travel to El Cielo Nature Festival in southern Tamaulipas, Mexico, Feb. 19-22, 2006, and return to "fiesta" in Brownsville during our traditional 68th Annual Charro Days Celebration of two Cultures Feb. 19-25, 2006.


March 30 - April 2, 2006
Galveston, TX
Phone: 409-392-0841 - E-mail: vollernature@juno.com
Galveston Island has long been recognized as one of the top locations in the United States for birding. With a wide variety of species visible year-round, the Island is considered a central location for novice and expert birders alike. Seeing how Galveston sits astride a great birding migration route, and is close to some world class birding refuges, it is no surprise that the festival has developed a following. There are field trips to High Island, Anahuac, Brazoria and Bolivar flats as well as around Galveston Island. Also trips to see the Attwater's Prairie Chickens at Texas City Our keynote speaker this year is Bob Thornton (Chasing Neotropical Birds).


Texas Tropics Nature Festival
March 30 - April 2, 2006
McAllen, TX
Phone: 877-622-5536 - E-mail:
Annual festival. Guest speakers and fieldtrips to valley hot spots.


Migration Celebration
April 7-8, 2006
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Phone: 979-265-2505 or 888-477-2505 - E-mail: tom_schneider@fws.gov
Hosted annually by the Brazoria County Photographic Arts Club, there are many programs ranging from a children's imagination station, where kids create critters from clay to in-depth tours for the adults. Bird Banding Demonstrations, Nature Photography, Beginning Birding, Children's Programs, Wildflower Gardening, Dragonfly Walk, Silent Auction, Photo Contest. Tours Include: Columbia Bottomland Forest, Beginning Birding, Night Critters, Quintana Island Shorebirds, San Bernard Refuge, Brazoria Refuge. The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is west of Lake Jackson, Alternative website: www.brazosportbirders.org.


Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival
April 8-9, 2006
Eagle Lake, TX
Phone: 979-234-3021 - E-mail: terry_rossignol@fws.gov
Annual Attwater's Prairie-Chicken Festival--every second weekend in April (except when it falls on Easter weekend, then it will be the weekend prior.) Contact the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge for more information. Includes prairie chicken viewing tours, birding tours (walking and by van) and native plants walking tours. Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, 6 1/2 miles northeast of Eagle Lake off FM 3013.


Great Texas Birding Classic
April 22-30, 2006
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Lake Jackson, TX
Phone: 866-482-2527 - E-mail: cjones@gcbo.org
A competitive birdwatching tournament sponsored by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and Texas Parks and Wildlife. It is held in April each year to coincide with the spectacular spring bird migration in Texas. Mail: 103 West Highway 332, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. More information.


Nature Quest
April 25-30, 2006
Uvalde and area, TX
Phone: 800-210-0380 - E-mail:
Find out at this annual festival why the Texas Hill Country River Region is one of the best birding destinations in Texas.


Chappell Hill BirdFest
April 28 - April 30, 2006
Chappell Hill, TX
Phone: 979-337-9910 - E-mail: chappellhillbirdfest@yahoo.com
Organized by the Chappel Hill Chamber of Commerce, this annual event is scheduled to coincide with the peak of spring migration in the Central Brazos Valley. We will have lectures(including a free children's program), field trips to local birding hotspots, a bird banding workshop, a wildflower walk, and an owl prowl. Registration fee entitles participant to attend Friday evening reception, Continental Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning, Saturday's lunch and all four lectures. Chappell Hill is about an hour's drive NW of Houston.


Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival
August 16-20, 2006
Fort Davis, TX
Phone: 432-364-2499 - E-mail: mbrady_cdri@overland.net
Join us for our 10th annual festival in the beautiful Davis Mountains for five days full of field-trips, private garden tours, hummingbird banding, and lectures for birders and naturalists. Past years have recorded at least 10 species of hummingbirds during the festival. Sponsored by the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.


Big Bend Nature Festival
September 14-16, 2006
At the Basin in Big Bend National Park
E-mail: info@bigbendchamber.com
Featuring four days of jeep tours, nature hikes, evening socials, and afternoon lectures about birds, bugs, mammals, geology, paleontology, and reptiles. Big Bend is one of the premier birding destinations in North America. The event sponsor is Big Bend Chamber of Commerce.


Red River Valley Birding & Nature Festival
November 30 - December 3, 2006
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Pottsboro TX
Phone: 888-893-1188 or 800-879-2473 - E-mail: info@redriverbirding.com
A four day migration festival featuring dynamic programs and activities designed to be insightful as well as informative. Birding expertise will be expanded for backyard, novice, and veteran birders alike. Field Trips, Seminars, Workshops, Demonstrations ,Children's Activities and Stargazing. Mail: Pottsboro Visitor Center , P.O. Box 995, Pottsboro TX 75076


Balcones Songbird Festival
(Formerly known as the Texas Songbird Festival)
Friday, April 27 - Monday, April 30, 2007

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Marble Falls, TX
Phone: 512-339-9432, ext. 0 - E-mail: friends@friendsofbalcones.org
Join us at the annual Balcones Songbird Festival! See the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo and many of the different species of birds observed at prior year's Festivals. Take a guided tour with wildlife experts who can help you see the endangered songbirds, unique native plants and wildlife and the natural habitat of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Bring a camera and take advantage of the opportunity to capture images of wildlife on a guided tour with the experts. Enjoy butterfly tours, seminars with nature experts, and much, much more! Whether you are a novice or veteran birder, we have something of interest for you! Workshops will enhance your birding skills, add to your knowledge, and provide an opportunity to meet and chat with world-renowned birders. These are but a few of the opportunities awaiting you, your family and friends. Festival mail: P.O.Box 4678 Lago Vista, TX 78645. Location of the Refuge: 24518 FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654. About 45 minutes NW of Austin.



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