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Virtual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

April 22 - April 25


Friends of the Verde River will host the annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival in a unique new way, bringing the natural treasures and incredible birding of the Verde Valley directly to your home. Join us for the Virtual Package, which includes all festival webinars and opportunities to connect with professional presenters. Engage with other bird lovers and learn about the amazing beauty and biodiversity of the Verde River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwest. There will be a limited number of small, in-person birding tours offered within the state of Arizona. This accessible and beloved festival is perfect for nature lovers, lifelong learners, and all levels of birders.

This year’s featured presentation will be “The Power and Potential of Citizen Science: A Retrospective and Look to the Future” presented by Rick Bonney, the recently retired director of the Public Engagement in Science program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Other presentations include Verde River Ecology and Biogeography, Birds of the Verde Valley, Backyard Birding, eBirding/Mobile Birding Apps., Weird Woodpeckers of Northern Arizona, Eating Wild Plants and more!

The Virtual Package will cost $30, and presentations will be available for 1 week after the conclusion of the festival. Registration opens to the public on March 1, 2021.

Jeri Higgins, Event Registrar


Dead Horse Ranch State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Road
Cottonwood, AZ 86326 United States
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Friends of the Verde River
registrar@verderiver.org (Jeri Higgins)
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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