Virtual Harney County Migratory Bird Festival
April 22 - April 25
Due to the coronavirus, the 2021 Harney County Migratory Bird Festival will be virtual.
Each April thousands of migratory birds rest and feed in the open spaces of Oregon’s Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. Although we cannot meet in person this year for his spectacular experience, we are working diligently and creatively to put together a VIRTUAL EVENT that will be FANTASTIC.
Virtual activities will be live on the festival website during festival weekend, beginning Friday, April 23, 2021. There will be a gamut of opportunities to explore Harney County and enjoy videos, conversations, photos, oral histories, commerce, workshops, our keynote speaker – Kenn Kaufman, and MORE! Most of the virtual opportunities will be free, though there will be some fee-based activities.
MEMBERS: If you purchased a Festival Membership in 2019 (for the 2020 festival) or in 2020 (for the 2021), we are working on options to for you to use the “membership perks” for the virtual festival. It may also be an option to roll your membership into 2022, but we are sorting out the details as virtual festival planning continues.
VENDORS: We are going to have an “e-commerce” aspect to our virtual festival. We have some opportunities in the works for you!
Details coming as they are available. We sure hope you will take the chance to explore this virtual content and see/learn so many things about birding in Harney County and our area history and culture – all in a creative “Choose Your Own Adventure” package!
The Harney County Migratory Bird Festival was first held in 1981 to celebrate the large annual migration of birds passing through Harney Basin on the Pacific Flyway. Harney Basin is one of the three most important areas left in the western United States for spring migratory birds stopping on their way north.
Over 300 species of birds use the refuge throughout each year, making Harney Basin a bird watcher’s paradise. Today, we continue to celebrate the migratory birds’ return each year with guided tours led by experts, workshops, and fun activities for both youth and adults.