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2016 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, Kevin Karlson, Dale Rosselet or Bob Behrstock, maybe even Michael O'Brien, Louise Zemaitis or Steve Shunk, perhaps Dave Irons, Shawneen Finnegan (with congratulations on their recent marriage!), Bill Clark or Cameron Cox. And the list doesn’t end there - just look at the biographies of all our leaders in the Trip Leaders section.

Day 1 - Wednesday
  • 5:00 am - UPPER RIO GRANDE

    Fee $85 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:30 am - RANCHO LOMITAS AND LAS ESTRELLAS

    Fee $90 / Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 5:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - BIG DAY VANS

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

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

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS with Tom Langschied

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - MARTIN REFUGE

    Fee $165 / Wednesday 6am – 1:45pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - CACTUS CREEK RANCH

    Fee $85 / Wednesday, Thursday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - VALLEY RAPTORS with Bill Clark

    Fee $95 / Wednesday 6:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD

    Fee $65/ Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - EDINBURG AND SAN JUAN WETLANDS

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

  • 7:30 am - BIG SITS

    Fee $60 / Wednesday, Thursday 7:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - DIGISCOPING FROM THE DECK With Clay Taylor

    Fee $20 / Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm – 4:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 2:30 pm - INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH TEXAS TYRANT FLYCATCHERS

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / Wednesday 2:30pm – 4:30pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - WELCOME KICK-OFF RECEPTION

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

Day 2 - Thursday
  • 5:00 am - UPPER RIO GRANDE

    Fee $85 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS with Tom Langschied

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KLEBERG WETLANDS

    Fee $95 / Thursday, Saturday 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $180 / Thursday 6am – 3pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $85 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

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

  • 6:30 am - CACTUS CREEK RANCH

    Fee $85 / Wednesday, Thursday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR

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

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

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

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD

    Fee $65/ Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $70 / Thursday, Saturday 7am – 1 pm / Friday, Sunday – 7am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIRDING 101 WORKSHOP with Jennie Duberstein

    Fee $60 / Thursday 7am to 3pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - GOLD SERIES TOURS with Jon Dunn

    Fee $95 / Thursday, Saturday 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - QUINTA MAZATLAN and MCALLEN NATURE CENTER

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

  • 7:00 am - RESACA DE LA PALMA STATE PARK and UNIVERSITY RESACAS

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

  • 7:30 am - BIG SITS

    Fee $60 / Wednesday, Thursday 7:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thursday - Saturday 12noon -  6pm / Sunday 12noon – 4pm  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

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

    Thursday - Saturday Trade Show hours / Bidding closes Sat 5pm  (Trade Show) Read more.

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

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

  • 2:00 pm - BIRDING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    Free! Open to the Public / Thursday 2pm – 3pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 2:00 pm - SUNSETS, BIRDS and BEERS With Clay Taylor

    Fee $150 / Thursday 2pm – 8pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 3:30 pm - SHOREBIRDS BY IMPRESSION

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / Thursday 3:30pm – 5pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $40 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - KISKADEE KORDIAL

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday / 5pm – 6pm (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:30 pm - KEYNOTE: WATCHING THE WOODPECKERS OF TEXAS

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm (Seminar) Read more.

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

    Fee $85 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:30 am - RANCHO LOMITAS AND LAS ESTRELLAS

    Fee $90 / Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 5:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - BOCA CHICA and SOUTHMOST PRESERVE

    Fee $60 / Friday, Saturday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS with Tom Langschied

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - PHOTO OPS RANCH STYLE & ORIENTATION with Ruth Hoyt

    Fee $250 / Thursday 1:30pm – 3pm / Friday, Sunday 6am-2pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $85 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - AUDUBON ISLANDS of LAGUNA MADRE with Stephanie Bilodeau

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

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

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

  • 6:30 am - ESTERO LLANO GRANDE GRAND TOUR

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

  • 6:30 am - FLYCATCHER ID with Homer Hansen

    Fee $85 / Friday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - GOLD SERIES TOURS with Kevin Karlson

    Fee $95 / Friday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - PORT MANSFIELD

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

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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

  • 7:00 am - EDINBURG AND SAN JUAN WETLANDS

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

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

    Fee $70 / Thursday, Saturday 7am – 1 pm / Friday, Sunday – 7am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - WESLACO

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

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 9:00 am - BUTTERFLIES – RGV JEWELS

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

  • 1:30 pm - DIGISCOPING FROM THE DECK With Clay Taylor

    Fee $20 / Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm – 4:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 10:30 am - GET STARTED BIRDING

    Free! Open to the Public / Friday 10:30am – 12pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thursday - Saturday 12noon -  6pm / Sunday 12noon – 4pm  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

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

    Thursday - Saturday Trade Show hours / Bidding closes Sat 5pm  (Trade Show) Read more.

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

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

  • 2:00 pm - BIRDING THE WORLD

    Free! Open to the Public / Friday 2pm – 5 pm (30 minute sessions) (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $40 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - KISKADEE KORDIAL

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday / 5pm – 6pm (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:30 pm - KEYNOTE: AN ACCIDENTAL BIG YEAR

    Free with Kiskadee Pass/ Friday 6:30pm – 8pm (Seminar) Read more.

Day 4 - Saturday
  • 5:30 am - RANCHO LOMITAS AND LAS ESTRELLAS

    Fee $90 / Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 5:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - BIG SIT!

    Sat / 6am - 6pm  (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - BOCA CHICA and SOUTHMOST PRESERVE

    Fee $60 / Friday, Saturday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KLEBERG WETLANDS

    Fee $95 / Thursday, Saturday 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $85 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

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

  • 6:30 am - BAHIA GRANDE (LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR)

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

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

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

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

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

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD

    Fee $65/ Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $70 / Thursday, Saturday 7am – 1 pm / Friday, Sunday – 7am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - CAMP LULA SAMS

    Fee $60 / Saturday, Sunday 7am – 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - GOLD SERIES TOURS with Jon Dunn

    Fee $95 / Thursday, Saturday 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - QUINTA MAZATLAN and MCALLEN NATURE CENTER

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

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - RAPTOR BANDING with Bill Clark

    Fee $85 / Saturday 8am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 9:00 am - PHOTOGRAPHING VALLEY SPECIALTIES with Larry Ditto and Bill Supulski

    Fee $150 / Saturday 9am – 3pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 11:00 am - The RAPTOR PROJECT

    Free! Open to the Public / Saturday 11am – 12pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thursday - Saturday 12noon -  6pm / Sunday 12noon – 4pm  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

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

    Thursday - Saturday Trade Show hours / Bidding closes Sat 5pm  (Trade Show) Read more.

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

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

  • 2:00 pm - THE RED-CROWNED PARROT PROJECT, PARTICIPATE!

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / Saturday 2pm – 3pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 3:15 pm - BIRD ID 101 RAPTORS OF THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / Saturday 3:15pm – 4:30pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $40 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - MEXICAN FIESTA

    Included in Kiskadee Pass. Saturday, 5pm – 8pm (Special Event) Read more.

Day 5 - Sunday
  • 6:00 am - COLLEYS’ ‘PRIVATE’ ISLAND w/ Scarlet & George Colley

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KING RANCH NORIAS with Tom Langschied

    Fee $95 / Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - PHOTO OPS RANCH STYLE & ORIENTATION with Ruth Hoyt

    Fee $250 / Thursday 1:30pm – 3pm / Friday, Sunday 6am-2pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

    Fee $85 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID with Kevin Karlson

    Fee $95 / Sunday 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

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

  • 6:30 am - ESTERO LLANO GRANDE GRAND TOUR

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

  • 6:30 am - LEADER’S CHOICE VANS

    Fee $75 / Sunday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD

    Fee $65/ Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $70 / Thursday, Saturday 7am – 1 pm / Friday, Sunday – 7am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS AT THE INN AT CHACHALACA BEND

    with Neil Hayward and Steve Shunk Fee $80 / Sunday 7am – 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - CAMP LULA SAMS

    Fee $60 / Saturday, Sunday 7am – 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 7am-1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - BIRD BANDING with Mark Conway

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

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

    Fee $60 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW

    Thursday - Saturday 12noon -  6pm / Sunday 12noon – 4pm  Free (Trade Show) Read more.

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

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