WELCOME KICK-OFF RECEPTION
Wednesday / 5pm – 7pm
Meet your fellow participants, plus the leaders, speakers, vendors, and Festival folk at the lovely Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum – located right near the airport at 2425 Boxwood St. Harlingen, 78550 (see map in brochure and online). Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live music—don’t miss it!
Thursday, Friday / 5pm – 6pm
You are kordially invited: Come one, come all to the Birders Bazaar for fun conversation, light appetizers, and, of course, kordials! Wines poured or kegs tapped for this popular and perfect prelude to the evening’s keynote presentation that follow. Meet and mingle, chat and sip with your fellow Festival-goers, leaders, speakers, and…well…everyone! Badge required for entry.
Included in Kiskadee Pass. Saturday, 5pm – 8pm
Come celebrate the culture of the region with us. Between 5 and 6:15, a sumptuous Mexican dinner will be served by Blanquita’s, renown for the superb Kiskadee Cordial served at prior festivals. They will be serving a full Mexican plate dinner that includes a Chalupa, Tamale, Flauta and Mexican rice and beans. A Vegetarian plate will be available. You must possess a Kiskadee Pass and RSVP for the dinner; however there will be Free Margaritas, beer or tea for all.
At 6:30, our celebration of the culture of the region will continue as we follow the sound of Mariachi music into the Municipal Auditorium where you will be entertained by local musicians, singers, and Folkloric and Flamenco dancers.
Saturday / 6am – 6pm
Does counting birds for twelve hours from within a 17′ circle sound like fun? You bet! Highlight from past counts include 50 Red-crowned Parrots sitting on high wires for their morning pre-flight chat. The Bay Area Birders, a local birding group, will host the circle. Join a rotating group of field trip leaders, and Festival-goers for a come-and-go casual event on the Fair Park complex grounds. You can even try out some optics. Sit for a bit, get a button, and be eligible for prizes.
The quality of the leaders and speakers at the RGVBF is high, and many of these talented people are authors of and contributors to your favorite bird books. So bring your copies (or buy in our Birders Bazaar!) and meet the people behind the covers. A complete listing will be available on rgvbf.org and also in the newsletter and signage during the event. A (partial) list of authors include: Steve Shunk – Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America, Neil Hayward – Lost Among the Birds, as well as Michael O’Brien, Kevin Karlson, Jon Dunn and Bill Clark
BIRDERS BAZAAR TRADE SHOW
Thursday – Saturday 12noon – 6pm / Sunday 12noon – 4pm Free
Our Birders Bazaar, with free admission and open to the public, is much more than just a trade show. Located within the Municipal Auditorium Complex, it’s the place to hang out after trips and between seminars. Shop the unique vendors (think Christmas!). Learn about birding hotspots. Visit the eBird station. Get your books autographed. Bid on great items in the Silent Auction. Relax at the Kiskadee Kordial. Visit The Raptor Project. All not-to-be-missed and part of the Festival fun.
SILENT AUCTION in the BIRDERS BAZAAR
Thursday – Saturday Trade Show hours / Bidding closes 5pm Saturday
During your Birders Bazaar visits, don’t miss the Silent Auction offerings. This is the place to bid on good deals for optics, birding gear, books, artwork, tour packages, hotel stays, private photography instruction, and much more. The sheer variety of offerings, many donated by our Trade Show vendors, guarantees something for everyone and Christmas-friendly timing. Furthermore, all proceeds aid the non-profit RGVBF and its programs. A win-win!
The RAPTOR PROJECT in the BIRDERS BAZAAR
On Display During Trade Show Hours
Free Flight Shows Thursday – Sunday at 1 pm and 3
Jonathan Wood and his vast collection of stunning hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons are a star attraction, with many national TV appearances. Jon is a Master Falconer, a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and along with his wife Susan an integral and fascinating part of the Festival. Come on in and get up close and personal with these majestic animals.