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!