11th Annual Laredo Birding Festival
February 1, 2023 – February 4, 2023
With a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds. Laredo is considered part of the “birdiest” corridor in North America. Our prized birds include the Morelet’s Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Gray Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon, and Clay-colored Thrush, among many others. Laredo is the only place in the U.S. to have boasted four species of kingfisher: the Ringed, Belted, Green and Amazon.
The Laredo Birding Festival is a three-day event that offers birders a variety of full-day scenic trips. Planned by The Rio Grande International Study Center and escorted by professional field guides and members of the local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, bird watchers will have the opportunity to deepen their avian knowledge of South Texas and explore areas along Laredo’s river front, creek systems and nature trails. Carefully selected public green spaces and private ranchland will provide visitors the chance to visit sites that have never been birded before, while an afternoon trip to St. Peter’s Plaza is where birders will have the chance to catch Laredo’ local green parakeets in action. Several festival favorites will also return for 2022, including “Bird ’til you Drop – Webb County” and two different kayak trips: “Floating Under Flyways I & II” and “Birding on the Rio Grande.”
Tiffany Kersten, 2021 ABA Big Year record for most bird identifications in the lower 48 states within a calendar year, will be the Keynote Speaker. Accompanying her as guest speakers will be Laura Keene, ABA record holder for a distinctive “Photographic Big Year” category, and Fabiola Baeza-Tarin, a Research Assistant in the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station. (See more below.)
- Keynote Speaker: Tiffany Kersten – Saturday, February 4th – 7:00 pm
- Who: ABA Big Year record in 202 for most bird identifications in the lower 48 states within a calendar year
- Topic: “2021 BIG YEAR NATIONAL RECORD WITH 726 SPECIES SPOTTED”
- Guest Speaker: Fabiola Baeza-Tarin – Thursday, February 2nd – 7:00 pm
- Who: Research Assistant in the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station
- Topic: “SMALL BIRD; BIG CONSERVATION IMPACT”
- Guest Speaker: Laura Keene – Friday, February 3rd – 7:00 pm
- Who: ABA record holder for a distinctive “Photographic Big Year” category
- Topic: “A PHOTOGRAPHIC BIG YEAR”
Click HERE to view images of Laredo’s prized birds.
Visit our website for more information, at laredobirdingfestival.org or call (956) 718-1063.