HARLINGEN – Registration for the world-renowned Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, which takes place Nov. 2 to 6, is now open.
The Rio Grande Valley offers the ideal location for birding, from the dry, desert habitats to the west, to the coastal habitats to the east, and a riparian ribbon running along the entire southern boundary. For 22 years, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival has provided thousands of birders with life birds, those we call the RGV Specialties.
A first-time attendee can expect more than 20 species unique to the Rio Grande Valley and a low guide-to-participant ratio on field trips, along with a low-cost pass to all seminars, world-class professional tour guides, an extensive Birders Bazaar and socials to get to mingle with other birders.
More than 60 vendors of bird-related products will be on hand for every level of birder to find what they need at the Bazaar. A silent auction rounds out the event.
Attendees may register at www.rgvbf.org , but online registration closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14. To register by phone, call 956-423-5565, weekdays, until 3 p.m. CDT Oct. 14. Registration is also open during the festival at the registration desk, but not all tours may have space. Early registration is encouraged. Attendees may register as an individual or as part of a group. Cost varies per attendee and is contingent on tour and seminar participation. For more information, call 956-423-5565 or 209-227-4823.