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New River Birding & Nature Festival

May 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - May 8, 2016 @ 2:00 am

Birding, Ecology, Friendship & Fun
In and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests of West Virginia identified by Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson’s Warblers, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. We highlight more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding field trips.
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May 2-7, 2016
A friendly birding vacation for everyone (headquartered at Opossum Creek Retreat) with daily birding excursions and the finest collection of world-class speakers and guides, the opportunity to experience a wide range of habitats, the best guide-to-guest ratio, tasty food and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival!
Lodging & Meals … we have it covered.
Spacious, modern, clean and cozy cabins in private wooded settings, hot tubs, kitchens, all the amenities of home, and beautiful outdoor spaces. Select a package with lodging, we take care of those reservations for you. Cabin lodging starts the night before your first field trip and includes the night of your last field trip.
Our food fare is the absolute best, providing three meals each day it includes homemade breakfast buffets, picnic lunches, a cookout, local craft beer and wine options, and cultural Appalachian home cookin’!
Presentations & Entertainment … every day!
We like to have fun and love to laugh. The awesome experts provide daily afternoon and evening presentations.
We are proud to be the Festival launch event of the newest book by Julie Zickefoose, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. Julie will have the Friday night presentation platform (as always) for her book presentation, which will coincide with the Bird Watcher’s Digest pod-cast of her Festival book launch!
As always, we will close the week with a farewell party featuring the fun-cool tunes of The Rain Crows!
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Named a “Top 10 Fun Event in North America” by Bill Thompson III of Bird Watcher’s Digest.
“It’s definitely the best place in the world to see Swainson’s Warblers and is also tops for Cerulean and Kentucky Warblers along with lots more species. Join us for one of the most intimate and fun festivals on the globe!” – The Warbler Guide, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle
“Even the nonplantpeople find themselves smitten with all of the sensational plants” – Jim McCormac
“…one of the birdiest places in North America!” – Jeffrey Gordon, ABA
“Wherever you go, it drips with birds” – Julie Zickefoose
*Proceeds from the NRBNF go to Fayette County Education Fund to provide leadership and environmental programs (


May 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am
May 8, 2016 @ 2:00 am
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Dave Pollard
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