Canceled – 2020 Hagerman Bird Festival

2020 Bird Festival:  April 24-26, 2020 – Canceled

We regret that due to the corona virus outbreak, we have had to cancel this festival.
We anticipate a fabulous festival in 2021.  We look forward to seeing you next year.

Located on the Pacific Flyway, Hagerman Valley’s riparian habitat along the river hosts a variety of neotropical migrants during the spring and summer months.  With warmer temperatures, year round open water, a laced network of sheltered ponds and marshes, and plenty of food in the nearby fields, it’s possible to see as many as 100 bird species during the 3-day Festival!  Exciting field trips include exploring the new Cassia Crossbill species in the South Hills and the Mountain Bluebird in the north country, Camas County.

Please wear “quiet clothing” [ie: non-rustling nylon or squeaky shoes], and NON-WHITE clothing is preferable keep from scaring the birds.

Festival net proceeds help fund the Foundation’s Hagerman Valley Bird Conservancy efforts, which include working to establish additional bird sanctuaries and sponsoring a variety of bird tours.

Please email HagermanBirdFestival@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved with us “birds” here in the Pacific Hagerman Valley Flyway!

 

Owl Prowls

Easy: Plan for a captivating night exploring the mystery of owls. Your Trip Leader will discuss owl behavior and identification and lead a walk to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Possible sighting of Northern Saw-whets and listening to Western Screech will be the targets. Please bring flashlight if possible.

Mountain Bluebird Trail Monitoring

Easy:  Meet some of the best experts in the area and learn all about the intricacies of the Idaho State bird, the Mountain Bluebird, its habitat and nesting parameters, how to build ideal nesting boxes, and the immense rewards of monitoring a bluebird trail, the excitement of counting eggs and fledglings, the enrichment of supporting a species.

Follow the experts into the mountain bluebird trails and learn to monitor the nests, count eggs and fledglings!

This is an excursion field trip into the Camas Prairie foothills.

 

2019 Hagerman Bird Festival Overview

Located on the Pacific Flyway, Hagerman Valley’s riparian habitat along the river hosts a variety of neotropical migrants during the spring and summer months.  With warmer temperatures, year round open water, a laced network of sheltered ponds and marshes, and plenty of food in the nearby fields, it’s possible to see as many as 100 bird species during the 3-day Festival!  Exciting field trips include exploring the new Cassia Crossbill species in the South Hills and the Mountain Bluebird in the north country, Camas County.

The 2019 Hagerman Bird Festival REGISTRATION is now open!  Field trips typically max at 15 people, so tickets are limited!  Sign up now before the field trips you would like are sold out.  This year we’re also offering river catamaran and white water rafting bird tours for added fees.

Please wear “quiet clothing” [ie: non-rustling nylon or squeaky shoes], and NON-WHITE clothing is preferable keep from scaring the birds.

The Festival has attracted 19 top birders as our Field Trip Hosts: Barry Brown & Nancy Turley, Bill Bridges, Bill Chisholm, Brenda Mitchell, Chris O’Brien, Hilary Turner, Festival Keynote Speaker, Jan Simpkin, Jeff & Judy Ruprecht, Karl Ruprecht, Kathy Eklund, Lauren Brockway, Pat Weber, Poo Wright-Pulliam, our resident artist, Sarah Harris, president of the Twin Falls Audubon Society chapter, Terry Rich, Toni Holthuijzen and Zeke Watson.

Our field trips include Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Preserve State Park, Banbury Springs, Bird Watching 101 at Ritter Island, Billingsley Creek-Norwood “Behind the Gate”, Niagara Springs/Crystal Springs, the Magnificant Malad Gorge State Park, Vardis Fisher “Behind the Gate”, Birding by Ear at Hagerman WMA, Bird Watching 102 at Thousand Springs, Jones Ranch “Behind the Gate“, Sunrise Birding: Owsley Bridge & Snake River Trail, Birds of Prey Presentation, Catamaran River Boat Tour, White Water Rafting Bird Tour, and two excursion field trips South Hills Cassia Crossbill and Mountain Bluebird Trails.

Please check out the 2019 Festival Schedule for more details.  Festival net proceeds help fund the Foundation’s Hagerman Valley Bird Conservancy efforts, which include working to establish additional bird sanctuaries and sponsoring a variety of bird tours.

Please email HagermanBirdFestival@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved with us “birds” here in the Pacific Hagerman Valley Flyway!

 

Bird Watching 102 at Thousand Springs

Easy: This tour is designed for people who want to look a little longer at a particular bird, rather than racing off to add another bird to this list. The afternoon trip will explore the trails and areas on the mainland portion Thousand Springs Park that is adjacent to Ritter Island. This trip will involve some scrambling over uneven terrain which could, depending upon the weather, a little wet or muddy.

Sandhill Crane Observation Tour

Easy: Enjoy hundreds of Sandhill Cranes flying against a backdrop of mountain scenery. Sandhill Cranes will be the focus of our tour as they may be observed north of Bliss under most but not all conditions; however, we will also scout for other birds that use the area during spring migration or arriving to nesting grounds. You don’t have to be a serious birdwatcher to be awed by the sight of hundreds of Sandhill cranes. The bugling calls carry more than a mile. Auto Caravan, scope provided, photography opportunities, easy walking.

 

Sunrise Birding: Owsley Bridge & Snake River Trail

Moderate:  Explore sunrise birding!   An excellent opportunity to watch, listen and learn about our migrant species. This early morning walk is an excellent introduction to the birds of the region.

The early hours of the day are perfect for practicing birding by ear. Not only are birds actively singing near sunrise, but they often do so from exposed, visible perches, offering exceptional views and photography opportunities in the exceptional morning light. Because the chorus is most prevalent in spring, many of the singers are also in their bright breeding plumage, making identification even easier. Getting up to enjoy the dawn chorus can be an experience many birders eagerly anticipate. Target birds:  Lazuli Bunting, MacGillivary’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Black-headed Grosbeak, and many more. Bird friendly coffee and light continental breakfast items will be made available. Please bring your own cup, water and a snack for the walk.  This walk is rated moderate due to unleveled terrain and proximity to falls.

 

“Birding by Ear” at Hagerman WMA

Easy/Moderate: The Hagerman WMA, Idaho’s first WMA, was established principally to provide habitat for waterfowl and upland game birds, in 1940.  Today it includes 880 acres devoted to wildlife habitat.  Riley Creek, Tucker Springs, and Anderson Ponds(1-4), the Bass  Ponds, Goose Pond, and Riley Creek Ponds  and the extensive interior trail system provides the opportunity for birders to experience more than the wintering views of thousands of waterfowl on the Ponds, on this guided tour.  Birders may well see or hear , Black-crowned Night Herons and Great Blue Herons and a few resident waterfowl.   Screech  owls, short-eared owls, red-tailed hawks and northern harriers nest and raise their young here.  Marsh wrens and numerous warbler and sparrow species are common.  A varied thrush has been seen here and soras, Virginia rails, and American dippers have been spotted on these trails.  While not all of these species are likely to be seen, with our collective sharp eyes and ears, we’re bound to have a good time enjoying the expected species, and perhaps finding a few surprises as we enjoy the nature.

Vardis Fisher “Behind the Gate”

Easy: The Vardis Fisher bird walk is an easy short walk in a micro-climate created by the warmth of the basalt canyon walls of Billingsley Creek and the 58 degree springs. Public access is limited but the area can be accessed for birding with permission of the current lessee for the festival. This trip with the crystal blue lake, and the old Vardis Fisher home site also becomes a historic tour. The riparian area along the meandering Billingsley creek offers the prospect of seeing or hearing Soras, Virginia rails, Ruby-crowned  Kinglets, Belted Kingfishers, and various warblers and sparrows.