Clay Colored Sparrow / Picture by Matt Orsie
June 5 – 8, 2014
The Canaan Valley Birding Festival welcomes all levels of birders and nature lovers. The theme for this year’s key note presentations will be Wetland and Grassland Birds. Canaan Valley, WV (only 2.5 hours from Washington, DC with the upgrades to Hwy 48), because of its diverse high elevation boreal habitats, is fortunate to be the breeding ground for many neo-tropical birds, but it also has beautiful grasslands and boggy wetlands. Come join us; see and hear birds while enjoying our cool summers, memorable mountains, grasslands and wetlands and enjoy the newly renovated Canaan Valley Resort and its amenities.
A few of the birds that should be seen and heard (we normally have over 100 species) are Bobolinks and Scarlet Tanagers, many sparrows, including clay-colored, Henslows, and Vespers; many warblers including Blackburnian, Cerulean, Chestnut-sided, and Golden-winged; and we may get lucky enough to see one of our breeding Bitterns.
The schedule will have 3 all-day walks on Friday and Saturday (leaving around 5:30 AM) which will bring you back to the lodge in time to relax or explore the area before the evening key note and evening sounds walk. We will also have half-day walks, starting Thursday afternoon, including some afternoon nature walks, if you prefer. Half-day beginner walks will meet at 8AM. A birding photography strand will be a new addition this year. We highly suggest carpooling with each other to the birding sites. Our volunteer leaders would love to share their passion for our birds with you. Hope you will join us and bring a friend.
Please review the attachments below for 2014 festival details.
*Schedule subject to change without notice. Please call with questions or for further details (304) 800-622-4121 x92788.
Note to attendees: Please bring binoculars, appropriate hiking footwear/gear for various conditions including wet areas/streams, jacket/rain coat, sweatshirt, sunscreen, water bottle and snacks. Be prepared for various weather conditions, climate and temperatures change frequently in the valley.