November 8-12, 2017
The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in South Texas offers 5 days of outstanding field trips, seminars and other events at one of country’s top nature events.
The RGVBF, now in its 24th year, is famous for its wide range of inspiring, educational and fun-filled activities:
- Professional tour guides lead every trip, whether by bus or van. The low participant-to-guide ratio on these outings combines easy spotting with excellent species identification.
- Dozens of world-class nature photographers generously share their expertise and experience with festival participants.
- Over 60 vendors of bird-related products delight festival participants at the Bazaar.
- Festival participants bids for silent auction items, which adds to the excitement.
- The festival also offers a series of events that include handicap accessibility.
- A track of events and activities are designed to engage young birders.
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Field Trips
Situated in the middle of the Rio Grande Valley, the Harlingen area has excellent birding in every direction. Within 90 minutes to the west are dry, desert habitats, and 60 minutes to the east offers coastal habitats with a very different mix of birds. A riparian ribbon runs along the entire southern boundary of the city.
For 24 years, these bird-rich habitats have provided thousands of festival participants with life birds – we call them RGV Specialties. The great birds, excellent guides, educational seminars, rousing socials are all part of the fun. Just ask past attendees.
An all-event ticket (called Kiskadee Pass) gets you into all the seminars, workshops and evening presentations. You can check the Kiskadee Pass option on your registration form (a $25 fee) to save time and money. This offer is valid only during the registration period: individual event pricing will be in effect after open registration ends.
Birding Festival Organizer
The RGVBF is in its 24th consecutive year, offering outstanding birding in deep-South Texas since 1994. It is organized and run by volunteers, and has grown to a 5-day event with pre- and post-trips for the most enthusiastic birders. Festival committees work almost year-round to offer 95 field trips, daily socials, workshop presentations, and several keynote speakers.