22nd Annual RGV Birding Festival
On November 4, 2015

Municipal Auditorium

1204 Fairpark Blvd., Harlingen, TX

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About Event

Held in Warm and affordable Harlingen, TX, for over 20 years the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival has been providing the best birding experience available at any festival anywhere. Come find out for yourself just why this premier nature event is held in such high esteem. Topnotch leaders and speakers, new field trip locations, the biggest concentration of unique species in the U.S., and a rarity almost every year, will guarantee a birding experience you will long remember.

Sponsors

Great Kiskadee Sponsors

Speakers

We will have experts speakers from the birding world

Speaker
Dale Rosselet is vice president for education for New Jersey Audubon and oversees the statewide public and school-based education programs as well as the organization’s center operations. Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer who has published many bird and nature related articles for magazines, books, and journals over the last 20 years.
Dale Rosselete and Kevin Karlson

Speaker
Greg Miller was one of three persons to see more than 700 species in 1998 in North America. Pulitzer Prize winning Denver Post writer Mark Obmascik documented their stories in his 2004 nonfiction book, The Big Year. The book was converted to a Hollywood movie which was released in 2011 and starred Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.
Greg Miller

Speaker
Shawneen Finnegan began birding in Northern California as a young woman. Being passionate about bird identification led to a career that included leading and managing tours for WINGS, being the Range Data Editor for Santa Barbara Software’s BirdArea for 23 years, and Photo Editor for Birding Magazine.
Shawneen Finnegan

Speaker
Jeffrey A. Gordon is the president of the American Birding Association, now headquartered in Delaware City, Delaware. Jeff is also a well-known writer, photographer, tour leader, and naturalist. He is a frequent speaker at various birding and nature festivals. For more information on the ABA and on Jeff, visit www.aba.org
Jeffrey A. Gordon

Speaker
Karl S. Berg began learning about nature camping as a Boy Scout in Central Florida. These important experiences led to a B.B.A. at Univ. of N. Florida, Jacksonville, where an undergraduate ornithology course piqued his interests. Berg has spent over a decade studying the vocalization of Green-rumped Parrotlets (Forpus passerinus) in Venezuela, arguably the world’s best-known parrot population.
Karl S. Berg, Ph.D.

Speaker
Dorian Anderson started birding at age 7 in the Greater Philadelphia region. For a number of years, birding was forced to take a backseat to his education. He studied Cellular and Molecular Biology. A Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics at NYU was the next stop on the degree carousel.
Dorian Anderson

Festival Schedule

The RGVBF has long been renowned for its low ratio of participants to leaders and for the quality of its leaders. This year is no exception.  On one of our field trips you might find yourself in the company of Jon Dunn or Greg Miller, or maybe Michael O'Brien or Kevin Karlson, or perhaps Cameron Cox or Jeff Gordon.  And the list doesn’t end there - just look at the biographies of all our leaders at rgvbf.org
NOTE: There will be a one time $25 registration fee for the field trips.

Day 1 - Wednesday
  • 5:00 am - SEEDEATER SOJOURN

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs 5am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 am - UPPER RIO GRANDE with Jeff Gordon

    Fee $100 / Wed 5am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS

    Fee $90 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 06:00 am - BIG DAY VANS

    Fee $90 / Wed 6:00am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEYS’ ‘PRIVATE’ ISLAND with Scarlet & George Colley

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RANCHO LOMITAS

    Fee $85 / Wed, Sat 6am - 4pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD with Michael Marsden & Stephanie Galla

    Fee $65/ Wed & Fri - Cameron County 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN - RIO GRANDE STATE PARK

    Fee $60 / Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - VALLEY RAPTORS

    Fee $85 / Wed 6:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - GOLD SERIES of TOURS

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $60 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat with Greg Miller, Sun 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 10:00 am - BUTTERFLIES - RGV JEWELS

    Fee $75 / Wed, Fri 9am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - SHOREBIRD ID WORKSHOP

    Fee $12 / Wed 1:00p-2:30p (Seminar) Read more.

  • 2:30 pm - BIRDING 101 WORKSHOP with Jennie Duberstein

    Fee $60 / Wed - indoor session 2:30pm to 4pm; field trip Thurs 8am to 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - WELCOME KICK-OFF RECEPTION

    Wed / 5p – 7p  (Special Event) Read more.

Day 2 - Thursday
  • 5:00 am - SEEDEATER SOJOURN

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs 5am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 am - UPPER RIO GRANDE

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Fri 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SOUTH PADRE ISLAND and BAY CRUISE

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Sat 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEYS’ ‘PRIVATE’ ISLAND with Scarlet & George Colley

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - PHOTOGRAPHY on SPI with Larry Ditto

    Fee $180 / Thurs 6a – 3p (Phototrack) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS

    Fee $90 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KLEBERG WETLANDS

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Sat 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BIRDING by EAR with Michael O’Brien

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Fri 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD with Dan Jones & Huck Hutchens

    Fee $65/Thurs & Sat - Hidalgo County 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - CACTUS CREEK RANCH

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri with Greg Miller, Sat 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - WESLACO

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Fri 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - GOLD SERIES of TOURS

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - LOS EBANOS & RESACA DE LA PALMA

    Fee $60 / Thurs 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - OLD PORT ISABEL ROAD - APLOMADO ALLEY

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Sat, Sun 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $60 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat with Greg Miller, Sun 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - SILENT AUCTION in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Thurs—Sat Trade Show hours, above / Bidding closes between 4-4:30p Sat  (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thurs, Fri, Sat 12n -  6p / Sun 12n – 5p  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - PHOTO OPS RANCH STYLE at Laguna Seca Ranch with Ruth Hoyt

    Fee $250 / Thurs 1:30p – 3p Class  (Phototrack) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - THE NEXT BIG THING FOR BIRDING

    Fee $12 / Thurs 1:30p-2:30p (Seminar) Read more.

  • 2:00 pm - SUNSETS, BIRD AND BEER DIGISCOPING TRIP with Clay Taylor

    Sponsored by Swarovski Optik Fee $150 / Thurs 2pm – 8pm (Phototrack) Read more.

  • 2:30 pm - BIRDING 101 WORKSHOP with Jennie Duberstein

    Fee $60 / Wed - indoor session 2:30pm to 4pm; field trip Thurs 8am to 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 3:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 3:00 pm - HANDS-ON WORKSHOP Create an Outdoor Photo Studio for Bird Photography with Ruth Hoyt

    Fee $12 / Thurs, 3p - 4p Workshop  (Phototrack) Read more.

  • 3:30 pm - BIRDING TOGETHER: HOW BIRDING CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, SAVE THE WORLD

    Fee $12 / Thurs 3:30p-5:00p (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $30 / Thurs, Fri, Sat 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - KISKADEE KORDIAL

    Thurs, Fri, Sat / 5p – 6p (Special Event) Read more.

Day 3 - Friday
  • 5:00 am - UPPER RIO GRANDE

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Fri 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID with Kevin Karlson

    Fee $85 / Fri, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEYS’ ‘PRIVATE’ ISLAND with Scarlet & George Colley

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS

    Fee $90 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Fee $60 / Fri, Sat 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN - RIO GRANDE STATE PARK

    Fee $60 / Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD with Michael Marsden & Stephanie Galla

    Fee $65/ Wed & Fri - Cameron County 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BIRDING by EAR with Michael O’Brien

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Fri 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BOCA CHICA and SOUTHMOST PRESERVE

    Fee $60 / Fri, Sat 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - CACTUS CREEK RANCH

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri with Greg Miller, Sat 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - EDINBURG WETLANDS and QUINTA MAZATLAN

    Fee $60 / Fri, Sat 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIKING for BIRDS with Dorian Anderson

    Fee $65 / Fri, Sun 7am - 12noon (Field Trip)   Read more..

  • 7:00 am - WESLACO

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Fri 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - GOLD SERIES of TOURS

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - BIRDING 101 WORKSHOP with Jennie Duberstein

    Fee $60 / Fri - indoor session 2:30pm to 4pm; field trip Sat 8am to 1pm. (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $60 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat with Greg Miller, Sun 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 10:00 am - BUTTERFLIES - RGV JEWELS

    Fee $75 / Wed, Fri 9am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 10:30 am - GET STARTED BIRDING

    Free! / Fri 10:30a – 12n (Seminar) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - SILENT AUCTION in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Thurs—Sat Trade Show hours, above / Bidding closes between 4-4:30p Sat  (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thurs, Fri, Sat 12n -  6p / Sun 12n – 5p  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - Birding the World

    Free! / Fri 1:00p-5:00p  (Seminar) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 3:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $30 / Thurs, Fri, Sat 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - KISKADEE KORDIAL

    Thurs, Fri, Sat / 5p – 6p (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:15 pm - BIRDING BY IMPRESSION: A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO KNOWING AND IDENTIFYING BIRDS

    Fee $20 / Fri 6:15p (Seminar) Read more.

Day 4 - Saturday
  • 6:00 am - RANCHO LOMITAS

    Fee $85 / Wed, Sat 6am - 4pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SOUTH PADRE ISLAND and BAY CRUISE

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Sat 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KLEBERG WETLANDS

    Fee $85 / Thurs, Sat 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEYS’ ‘PRIVATE’ ISLAND with Scarlet & George Colley

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - BIG SIT!

    Sat / 6:00a-6:00p  (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Fee $60 / Fri, Sat 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN - RIO GRANDE STATE PARK

    Fee $60 / Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD with Dan Jones & Huck Hutchens

    Fee $65/Thurs & Sat - Hidalgo County 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - CACTUS CREEK RANCH

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri with Greg Miller, Sat 6:30am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BOCA CHICA and SOUTHMOST PRESERVE

    Fee $60 / Fri, Sat 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - EDINBURG WETLANDS and QUINTA MAZATLAN

    Fee $60 / Fri, Sat 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - PHOTOGRAPHING VALLEY SPECIALTIES with Larry Ditto and Bill Supulski

    Fee $150 / Sat 7a – 1p  (Phototrack) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - CAMP LULA SAMS

    Fee $60 / Sat, Sun 7am - 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - GOLD SERIES of TOURS

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - OLD PORT ISABEL ROAD - APLOMADO ALLEY

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Sat, Sun 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - BIRDING 101 WORKSHOP with Jennie Duberstein

    Fee $60 / Fri - indoor session 2:30pm to 4pm; field trip Sat 8am to 1pm. (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $60 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat with Greg Miller, Sun 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 9:00 am - FAMILY BIRD WALK

    Sat 9a Free (Family) Read more.

  • 9:30 am - DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS for Identification Purposes with Ruth Hoyt

    Fee $12 / Sat 9:30a – 10:30a  (Phototrack) Read more.

  • 11:00 am - The RAPTOR PROJECT FAMILY AUDITORIUM PROGRAM

    Sat 11a-12n Free (Family) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - KISKADEE KORNER

    Sat, Sun 12:00n – 4:00p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - SILENT AUCTION in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Thurs—Sat Trade Show hours, above / Bidding closes between 4-4:30p Sat  (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thurs, Fri, Sat 12n -  6p / Sun 12n – 5p  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - BIRDERS DO CRAZY THINGS

    Fee $12 / Sat 1:30p - 2:30p (Seminar) Read more.

  • 3:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 3:30 pm - GREEN-RUMPED PARROTLETS: What’s all the talk about?

    Fee $12 / Sat 3:30p - 4:30p  (Seminar) Read more.

Day 5 - Sunday
  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $75 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID with Kevin Karlson

    Fee $85 / Fri, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEYS’ ‘PRIVATE’ ISLAND with Scarlet & George Colley

    Fee $95 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS

    Fee $90 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN - RIO GRANDE STATE PARK

    Fee $60 / Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - ESTERO LLANO GRANDE GRAND TOUR

    Fee $60 / Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LEADER’S CHOICE VANS

    Fee $65 / Sun 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - OLD PORT ISABEL ROAD - APLOMADO ALLEY

    Fee $60 / Thurs, Sat, Sun 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIKING for BIRDS with Dorian Anderson

    Fee $65 / Fri, Sun 7am - 12noon (Field Trip)   Read more..

  • 7:00 am - BREAKFAST with the BIRDS at SOUTH PADRE with special guest Greg Miller

    Fee $70 / Sun 7am – 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - CAMP LULA SAMS

    Fee $60 / Sat, Sun 7am - 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - BIRD BANDING with Mark Conway

    Fee $60 / Sun 7:30am - 12 noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $60 / Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat with Greg Miller, Sun 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 11:00 am - The RAPTOR PROJECT PROGRAM

    Free! / Sat 11a - 12n (Seminar) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - SILENT AUCTION in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Thurs—Sat Trade Show hours, above / Bidding closes between 4-4:30p Sat  (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thurs, Fri, Sat 12n -  6p / Sun 12n – 5p  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - KISKADEE KORNER

    Sat, Sun 12:00n – 4:00p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - STUDENT ART and WRITING CONTEST

    Awards Ceremony:  Sun 1:30p (Family) Read more.

  • 3:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR

    Trade Show Hours, above + Flight Shows Thurs – Sun at 1p and 3p Free (Family) Read more.

FAQ

Generic Questions About The Festival

That is Nov 4th – 8th for 2015. Pre and Post trip dates can be found in the brochure.
The web site is rgvbf.org. A brochure can be downloaded from the web site, or mailed to you. Email your request to registration@rgvbf.org please include your complete mailing address or phone registration at 956-423-5565.
For questions not covered on the web site or in the brochure, phone 1.209.227.4823 or Email info@rgvbf.org. For registration questions phone 1.956.423.5565
By air: Harlingen is well-serviced by Valley International Airport with three major airlines: United, Southwest, and Sun Country Airlines.
By car: Harlingen is conveniently located at the intersection of US Highways 77 & 83, two hours south of Corpus Christi and four hours south of San Antonio.
The Festival does not provide shuttle service between airport, hotels, or Festival activities. Some of the hotels provide limited shuttle service, but in order to best experience the Festival and our unique area, we strongly encourage a car rental booking.
Harlingen offers wide variety of rooms with rates to please any visitor. Please click Where do I stay? for Festival-friendly recommendations. For a Harlingen Visitors Guide, go to visitharlingentexas.com or call the Harlingen CVB at 1.800.531.7346.

Here are some recommendations in Harlingen:
Best Western Casa Villa ^
Campground/park for trailer: Paradise Park call 956-425-6881 (Note: No Tents)
Candlewood Suites ^
Country Inn and Suites ^
Courtyard by Marriott ^ *
Hampton Inn & Suites *
LaQuinta ^ *
Super 8 *
Residence Inn by Marriott
Value Place ^

You can also download this DOCUMENT .
* Ask for RGV Birding Festival special rate.
^ 2015 RGV Birding Festival sponsor.


++ Border Patrol Checkpoint requires identification
EASIER
For those who prefer minimal walking:
Bird Banding
Breakfast with the Birds at South Padre
Colleys’ Private Island
Easy (But Not Less!) Tours
Edinburg Wetlands & Quinta Mazatlan
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Parrots of the Area
Rancho Lomitas
River Pontoon & Anzalduas
Weslaco
FAMILY
Families are welcome on any trip, and the following would be a special experience:
Bird Banding
Birding 101
Cactus Creek Ranch
Camp Lula Sams
Parrots of the Area
Rancho Lomitas
River Pontoon & Anzalduas
South Padre Island and Bay Cruise
CLASSICS
First trip to the Valley? Here are the famous not-to-be-missed sites:
Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park
Estero Llano Grande State Park
King Ranch ++
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Santa Ana NWR
South Padre Island and Bay Cruise
Upper Rio Grande
BEEN BEFORE?
Interesting choices beyond the famous parks:
Big Day Vans
Biking for Birds
Boca Chica & Southmost Preserve ++
Breakfast with the Birds at South Padre
Cactus Creek Ranch
Camp Lula Sams
Colleys’ Private Island
Gold Series Tours
Kleberg Wetlands ++
Los Ebanos & Resaca de la Palma State Park
Pelagic – Gulf of Mexico
Rancho Lomitas
Where the Locals Bird
BEGINNER
Beginners are always welcome on all trips. But some sites are easier for new birders to spot birds and enjoy their trip. We recommend:
Bentsen – Rio Grande State Park
Bird Banding
Birding 101
Breakfast with the Birds at South Padre
Camp Lula Sams
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Rancho Lomitas
River Pontoon
Santa Ana NWR
Weslaco
Email TRADESHOW@RGVBF.ORG to be placed on a contact list for a vendor registration form. Previous year vendors are registered early followed by new vendors. If you are on the contact list you will receive the notice when new vendor registration is open. The 2015 Tradeshow is sold out and new contacts will be listed for 2016.

Booth types and fees:

  • Center Endcap (16′ x 8′) $375
  • Standard (10′ x 8′)
    • $100 (non-profit – limit 1 booth per group)
    • $175 (commercial)
  • Extra Skirted Table (6′) $30 each

*Electricity is free. Tradeshow does have WiFi

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