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While we have kept the classic field trips that define our Festival, we have also added a few new locations, and a few twists on old favorites. Click schedule for a simple overview of the daily trips to help you plan your days.  Below is the detailed daily description of the activities offered, with access to even more specific information within each box.

In its 25th year, the RGVBF has long been known for its low ratio of participants-to-guides and for the quality of its leaders. Check out the Guides section for a roster and summary of this year’s field trip leaders, with many familiar names in the professional birding community.  New or returning guides for 2018 include presenters Steve Howell and Richard Crossley.  We have an outstanding group of talent that has been invited to guide our field trips to the magical destinations of South Texas!  And you will be amazed at the skills of the up-and-coming brood of “young birders” who are guides-in-training.

This year’s pre-trip will be to Laredo, TX – home of the newly-named Morelet’s Seedeater (formerly White-collared Seedeater).  This 3-day van trip will be limited in participants for better access to and experience of the natural areas we will visit.  The post-trip will be to the famed El Cielo Biosphere Reserve outside Gomez, Mexico.  This 5-day bus trip is intended for those who are anxious to see the fabulous birds of that area, enjoy the scenic experience of El Cielo, and the flavors of interior Mexico.  Both trips are detailed under the 2018 ACTIVITIES tab on the website.

Day 1 - Wednesday
  • 5:00 am - SANTA MARGARITA BLUFFS

    Fee $110 / 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEY'S "PRIVATE" ISLAND

    Fee $125 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $110 / 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - MARTIN REFUGE

    Fee $200/ 6am – 1:45pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID FIELD WORKSHOP

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

  • 6:00 am - YOUNG BIRDERS

    Fee $110 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - ARROYO COLORADO UNIT

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

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

    Fee $110 / 6:30am – 12:30pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BAHIA GRANDE UNIT

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN – RG STATE PARK

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - eBIRD TIPS AND TRICKS with Ian Davies

    Fee $75 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - EDINBURG SCENIC WETLANDS AND QUINTA MAZATLAN

    Fee $70 / 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - PORT MANSFIELD

    Fee $110 / 6:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - VALLEY RAPTORS with Bill Clark

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

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD - Cameron County

    Fee $100/ 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - MCALLEN NATURE CENTER AND SAN JUAN WETLANDS

    Fee $75 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $75 / 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - ORNITHOLOGY AND MORE with Jon Dunn

    Fee $110 / 7am - 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - WESLACO’S URBAN OASES

    Fee $85 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - PHOTO RODEO: INTRODUCTION TO BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

    Fee $50/ 7am – 12pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - BIG EASY BIRDING

    Fee $50 / Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8am - 12pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - PHOTO RODEO: UNDERSTANDING AND MASTERING MICRO 4/3 CAMERAS

    Fee $50/ 8am – 12pm with Tropical Birding (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - POINT-AND-SHOOT: CLASSROOM WORKSHOP – An Introduction to Point-and-Shoot Nature Photography

    Fee $20/ 1pm – 2:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - PHOTO RODEO: CLASSROOM WORKSHOP - Introduction to Bird Photo Processing

    Fee $20/ 1:30pm – 3:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - THERE & BACK with Richard Crossley

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 4pm (Seminar) Read more.

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

    Fee $100 / 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEY'S "PRIVATE" ISLAND

    Fee $125 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $110 / 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KLEBERG COUNTY ROMP

    Fee $110 / 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

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

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID FIELD WORKSHOP

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

  • 6:00 am - SOUTHMOST PRESERVE

    Fee $80 / 6am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - ARROYO COLORADO UNIT

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

  • 6:30 am - BOCA CHICA ROAD

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - ESTERO LLANO GRANDE GRAND TOUR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA LAKESIDE DRIVE

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NWR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BIRDING AND NATURE CENTER

    Fee $70 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD - Hidalgo County

    Fee $100 / 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - YOUNG BIRDERS

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BATTLEFIELDS AND BIRDS with Jon Dunn and Bob Powell

    Fee $65 / 7:00am – 1:00pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIKING for BIRDS - Bentsen RG State Park with Dorian Anderson

    Fee $90 /  7am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIRDING 101 WORKSHOP

    Fee $75 / 7am - 3pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE – WATERFOWL CROSSLEY-STYLE with Richard Crossley

    Fee $110 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $80 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $80 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - PHOTO RODEO:PHOTOGRAPHING BIRDS IN FLIGHT - GULLS AND HAWKS

    Fee $75/ 7:30am – 12:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - POINT-AND-SHOOT: BASIC FIELD TECHNIQUES

    Fee $50/ 7:30am – 12:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - BIG EASY BIRDING

    Fee $50 / Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8am - 12pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - TRADE SHOW AND SILENT AUCTION

    Free! Open to the public 12noon - 6pm Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT with Jonathan Wood

    Flight Shows 1pm & 3pm Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 2:00 pm - COASTAL BIRD MONITORING IN THE LAGUNA MADRE with Stephanie Bilodeau

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 2pm – 3:15pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 3:30 pm - BIRDING THE WORLD, PART 1

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 3:30pm – 5:10pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $40 / 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - KISKADEE KORDIAL

    5pm – 6pm (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:15 pm - KEYNOTE: GIVING SCIENCE WINGS with Rosemary Mosco

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 6:15pm (Seminar) Read more.

Day 3 - Friday
  • 6:00 am - COLLEY'S "PRIVATE" ISLAND

    Fee $125 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $110 / 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - KLEBERG COUNTY ROMP

    Fee $110 / 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

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

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

    Fee $100 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - SOUTHMOST PRESERVE

    Fee $80 / 6am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $110 / 6:30am – 12:30pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BAHIA GRANDE UNIT

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN – RG STATE PARK

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - EDINBURG SCENIC WETLANDS AND QUINTA MAZATLAN

    Fee $70 / 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - PORT MANSFIELD

    Fee $110 / 6:30am – 4pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NWR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD - Hidalgo County

    Fee $100 / 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - YOUNG BIRDERS

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIKING for BIRDS - Resaca de la Palma State Park

    Fee $90 / 7am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE – WATERFOWL CROSSLEY-STYLE with Richard Crossley

    Fee $110 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $80 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - LAGUNA SECA RANCH

    Fee $125 / 7am – 11:30am  (PhotoTrack) Read more.

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

    Fee $75 / 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - ORNITHOLOGY AND MORE with Jon Dunn

    Fee $110 / 7am - 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - PHOTO RODEO:  PHOTOGRAPHING BIRDS OF THE SHORE

    Fee $50/ 7:30am – 12pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - POINT-AND-SHOOT:  FIELD WORKSHOP

    Fee $50/ 7:30am – 12:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - BIG EASY BIRDING

    Fee $80 / Friday 8am - 12pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 9:00 am - BUTTERFLIES – RGV JEWELS

    Fee $80 / 9am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 1:30 pm - PHOTO RODEO: CLASSROOM WORKSHOP – Advanced Bird Photography Processing

    Fee $20/ 1:30pm – 3:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT with Jonathan Wood

    Flight Shows 1pm & 3pm Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 2:00 pm - BIRDING THE WORLD, PART 2

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $40 / 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 pm - KISKADEE KORDIAL

    5pm – 6pm (Special Event) Read more.

  • 6:15 pm - KEYNOTE: BIRD IDENTIFICATION SIMPLIFIED– IN 12 STEPS with Steve N.G. Howell

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 6:15pm (Seminar) Read more.

Day 4 - Saturday
  • 5:00 am - SANTA MARGARITA BLUFFS

    Fee $110 / 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 am - UPPER RIO GRANDE

    Fee $100 / 5am – 2pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 5:00 am - YOUNG BIRDERS

    Fee $115 / 5am – 2pm lunch Included  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - BIG SIT!

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

  • 6:00 am - BIG DAY VANS

    Fee $125 / 6am – 4:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - COLLEY'S "PRIVATE" ISLAND

    Fee $125 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

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

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID FIELD WORKSHOP

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

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

    Fee $100 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BOCA CHICA ROAD

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - eBIRD TIPS AND TRICKS with Ian Davies

    Fee $75 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - ESTERO LLANO GRANDE GRAND TOUR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA LAKESIDE DRIVE

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SABAL PALM SANCTUARY

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NWR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BIRDING AND NATURE CENTER

    Fee $70 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD - Hidalgo County

    Fee $100 / 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $90 / 7am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIRD ID SIMPLIFIED—IN 12 STEPS with Steve N.G. Howell

    Fee $110 / 7am - 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $80 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - WESLACO’S URBAN OASES

    Fee $85 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - PHOTO RODEO:PHOTOGRAPHING BIRDS IN FLIGHT - GULLS AND HAWKS

    Fee $75/ 7:30am – 12:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - BIG EASY BIRDING

    Fee $50 / Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 8am - 12pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 8:00 am - PHOTO RODEO: PHOTOGRAPHING VALLEY BIRDS - EDINBURG

    Fee $50/ 8am – 12pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - TRADE SHOW, SILENT AUCTION & RAPTOR PROJECT

    Trade Show 12noon - 6pm  Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - POINT-AND-SHOOT: CLASSROOM WORKSHOP – Basic Post-processing for Point-and- Shoot Photography

    Fee $20/ 1pm – 2:30pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT with Jonathan Wood

    Flight Shows 1pm & 3pm Free (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 2:00 pm - DIGISCOPING FROM THE DECK with Clay Taylor

    Fee $20 / 2pm – 5pm  (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 2:00 pm - A FEATHERED DYNASTY! BLACK-CRESTED TITMICE with Rebekah Rylander

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 2pm – 3:15pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 3:30 pm - LAGUNA ATASCOSA: A SOUTH TEXAS TREASURE with Richard Moore

    Free with Kiskadee Pass / 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Seminar) Read more.

  • 4:00 pm - PARROTS OF THE AREA

    Fee $40 / 4pm – 6pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:15 pm - BAILE FOLKLÓRICO

    6:15pm – 7:30pm (Special Event) Read more.

Day 5 - Sunday
  • 6:00 am - COLLEY'S "PRIVATE" ISLAND

    Fee $125 / 6am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $110 / 6am – 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - MARTIN REFUGE

    Fee $200/ 6am – 1:45pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 6:00 am - RIVER PONTOON and ANZALDUAS

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

  • 6:00 am - SHOREBIRD ID FIELD WORKSHOP

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

  • 6:30 am - BENTSEN – RG STATE PARK

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - BOCA CHICA ROAD

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12noon  (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - eBIRD TIPS AND TRICKS with Ian Davies

    Fee $75 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - ESTERO LLANO GRANDE GRAND TOUR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - LAGUNA ATASCOSA LAKESIDE DRIVE

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - SANTA ANA NWR

    Fee $65 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - WHERE THE LOCALS BIRD - Cameron County

    Fee $100/ 6:30am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 6:30 am - YOUNG BIRDERS

    Fee $80 / 6:30am – 12:30pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - BIRD ID SIMPLIFIED—IN 12 STEPS with Steve N.G. Howell

    Fee $110 / 7am - 1pm  (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $85 / 7am – 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:00 am - EASY (BUT NOT LESS!) BIRDING TOUR

    Fee $80 / 7am – 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

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

    Fee $75 / 7am - 1pm (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - BIRD BANDING

    Fee $90 / 7:30am – 12noon (Field Trip) Read more.

  • 7:30 am - POINT-AND-SHOOT:  ADVANCED FIELD TECHNIQUES

    Fee $50/ 7:30am – 12pm (PhotoTrack) Read more.

  • 12:00 pm - TRADE SHOW

    Free! Open to the public Sunday 12noon – 4pm (Trade Show) Read more.

  • 1:00 pm - The RAPTOR PROJECT with Jonathan Wood

    Flight Shows 1pm & 3pm Free (Trade Show) Read more.