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October 2013 Birding Events

Check out the bird festivals in the month of October.

Amy K. Hooper

Sandhill Cranes

Head out to Calhoun County, Michigan for the CraneFest for a chance to see Sandhill Cranes.

Birding festivals take place throughout the United States and almost year-round. Consider this list just a sampling of the birdwatching events that can delight and inform you!

Please check the event’s website for the latest details before you make travel plans. Specifics can unexpectedly change between the day we share this list and the week of your potential outing.

October 4-6 in Bozeman, Montana: Bridger Raptor Fest.The free festival offers nature walks, presentations, movies and the chance to celebrate Golden Eagles and other raptors as they migrate. (Website here.)

October 4-6 in Ridgefield, Washington: BirdFest. Held at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, the festival includes Sandhill Crane tours, a digital photography workshop and a bird language workshop among other activities. (Website here.)

October 12-13 in Calhoun County, Michigan: CraneFest. With the viewing of Sandhill Cranes receiving top billing, the festival also offers guided nature walks, live birds of prey, kids’ nature crafts, an artists village and nature talks given by local experts. (Website here.)

October 19 in Laurel, Maryland: Patuxent Wildlife Festival.The event includes children’s crafts, limited-seating tram tours, and behind-the-scenes tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. (Website here.)

October 20-26 on Sanibel Island, Florida: "Ding” Darling Days. Held at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the festival includes a free Family Fun Day as well as nature talks, cruises, walking tours, kayak tours and biking tours. (Website here.)

October 23-27 in Jennings, Lousiana:  Yellow Rails & Rice Festival. While highlighting Cajun Country’s "working wetlands,” the festival offers field trips, a jambalaya cooking demonstration, kayak tours, bird banding demos and social events. (Website here.)

October 25-27 in Cape May, New Jersey: Cape May Autumn Birding Festival. The event includes field trips, hawk banding, monarch tagging and workshops as well as vendors at the convention hall. (Website here.)

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Posted: September 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m. PDT

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