Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2023

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Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival

The 32nd Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2023 will be held from August 2-5 at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States. This is Arizona’s biggest birding and nature event and should not be missed.

This free, family-friendly festival is the big main event with 30 free program presentations that anyone can attend, including kids, exhibitors, vendors, live animals, and a Keynote Buffet Dinner, expertly guided fee-based field trips and pre-festival Jamboree (for registered trip participants only).

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2023

The free program of talks and workshops will cover a wide range of topics from esteemed speakers, including Greg Homel, Rick Wright, Diana Hadley and Glenn Minuth. Southwest Wings President Chris Harbard will talk about “Hummingbirds – the Flying Jewels of the Americas” on 5 August, Saturday, 10:30 am -12 noon. Free morning bird walks on the college campus will also be from 7:30 am-9:00 am and from 3-5 August.

Program for Southwest Wings Birding Nature Festival 2023
The program for the festival.

While there will be multiple things going on, there will also be a vendor section with some amazing people and businesses to look out for. They include;

  • The Lookout (formally Jay’s Bird Barn) with their optics and accessories
  • Netvue
  • Delight’s Earthly Delights
  • Kowa Sporting Optic
  • Swarovski Optik (Festival sponsor)

They will also be there with their demonstration trailer, so you can try out the latest optical equipment.

Kowa Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival
Kowa will be one of the vendors at the birding festival.

Guided Field Trips

Small-group guided field trips will be mainly in Group Vans along with several Car Caravan style, in participants’ own vehicles, to nearby easily accessible locations. Each trip is led by an expert guide. This was a pre-booking trip which closed on 15th July.

The Summer festival is held in August and is ‘the’ big event with free programs, wildlife exhibits, vendors, guided trips and a keynote buffet.

Roadrunner Greater
Greater Roadrunner, one of the local birds there. Photo from the official Facebook page.

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2023 Information
Date: 2-5 August 2023 (all day)
Location: Cochise College Community Room
901 Colombo Ave.
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
Social Media: Facebook Page

Logo Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival.
This year’s beautiful poster artwork is by artist Jen Dunk, featuring an Elf Owl and desert wildlife.

This article is created for birdwatching and birding awareness around the world, and hopefully, one day, I will be able to attend the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival in Arizona, USA. For more information, please visit their official website.

For birders and photographers around Arizona in early August, drop by the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2023 and say hello to the organisers there. I’m sure it will be an amazing experience, especially if you are from this side of the world.

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