Why the word ‘fiesta’? Because for the 20th annual, the RGVBF is inviting everyone – including flying in birding world movers and shakers from all parts of the US -and even the UK -to be this year ‘s stellar line up of speakers and leaders. During 6 through 10 November, the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium will host this granddaddy of nature festivals. Over 700 folks are expected to fly and drive in to attend, plus about 3,000 more will enjoy the event’s Trade Show, Family Activities, and Winter Texan Programs.
Beyond the regular slate of wonderful field trips to famous birding sites all over the Valley, new offerings include a dedicated Photo Track of custom-designed trips and workshops for camera buffs, a series entitled “Gold”featuring leaders that are authors of complete North American field guides, kayaking on the Arroyo Colorado, plus a Breakfast with the Birds trip to a private ranch.
The afternoons and evenings of the Festival are filled with seminars and workshops both fun and educational. Featured this year are David Sibley, author of Sibley’s Guide to Birds; Renee Thompson, author of The Plume Hunter;, David Lindo from the UK, author of The Urban Birder; and Kimberly Bostwick, the ‘dancing manakin scientist’ from the viral video. Plus many more, including the now-famous Saturday night Great South Texas Birding Quiz Show, a TV-style game show with prizes and plenty of laughs.
There’s a Birders Bazaar Trade Show with over 60 unique vendors selling binoculars, books,jewelry , artwork, birdfeeders , native plants, and much more. There’s a Silent Auction full of deals awaiting bids. There’s a display of 30 live eagles, owls, hawks, falcons. There’s an introductory Get Started Birding
seminar and family birdwalk. And there’s lots of fun and activities for kids. Admission to the trade show and participation in the family programs is all free.
For a full run-down of all the varied activities – something for everyone – visit rgvbf.org. For more information and questions, call 1.209.22RGVBF.