Birding Festivals of the Mississippi Flyway

Here we present a comprehensive list of birding festivals occurring in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Click on each festival's name below to visit their webpage. 
 Festivals that have won the Mindful Birding Award for Adopting Ethical Birding Guidelines
 Festivals that share their ethical guidelines online
 Festivals that achieve Prioritized Conservation Actions (donations to Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, etc.)

 

Month
Festival
Decorations
City
State
January
Wings of Winter Birding Festival
 
Springville
Tennessee
January
Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival
 
Birchwood
Tennessee
January
Festival of the Cranes
 
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Alabama
February
Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival
 
Meadowlands
Minnesota
February
Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane and Migratory Bird Festival
 
Linton
Indiana
February
Eagle Expo
 
Morgan City
Louisiana
March
International Festival of Owls
 
Houston
Minnesota
March
SOAR with the Eagles
 
Wabasha
Minnesota
April
Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival
 
Stevens Point
Wisconsin
April
Mackinaw Raptor Fest
 
Mackinaw City
Michigan
April
Thornapple Woodpecker Festival
 
Middleville
Michigan
April
Hatchie Birdfest
 
Brownsville
Tennessee
April
Great Louisiana Birdfest
 
Mandeville
Louisiana
April
Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival
 
Grand Isle
Louisiana
April
Spring Fling
 
Paradise
Michigan
April
Ohio Valley Birding Festival
 
Henderson
Kentucky
May
Wings Over Weston
 
Weston
Missouri
May
Northern Landscapes Festival
 
Grand Marais
Minnesota
May
Detroit Lakes Festival of the Birds
 
Detroit Lakes
Minnesota
May
Chequamegon Bay Nature and Birding Festival
 
Ashland
Wisconsin
May
The Biggest Week in American Birding
 
Oregon (the town, not state)
Ohio
May
Birds in the Hills Festival
 
The Plains
Ohio
May
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival
 
Chesterton
Indiana
May
Urban Bird Festival of the Twin Cities
 
Minneapolis / St. Paul
Minnesota
May
Horicon Marsh Bird Festival
 
Horicon Marsh
Wisconsin
May
Tawas Point Birding Festival
 
Tawas and Iosco Counties
Michigan
May
Cerulean Warbler Weekend
 
Hastings
Michigan
May
Wings Over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival
 
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Indiana
May
Tara Wildlife's Spring Outdoor and Birding Weekend
 
Vicksburg
Mississippi
June
Northwoods Birding Festival
 
Manitowish Waters
Wisconsin
June
Aldo Leopold Festival
 
Les Cheneaux Islands
Michigan
November
Fall Migration Celebration
 
Augusta
Michigan
November
Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
 
Jennings
Louisiana
November
Lake Erie Wing Watch
 
Sandusky
Ohio
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