Audubon Nebraska's Crane Festival
Kearney, NE; March 19-22
Cranes by the tens of thousands and waterfowl by the millions—this isn’t just a festival, it’s a phenomenon! Look out for celebrities: Jane Goodall and Joel Sartore have attended in the past.
More info: nebraskacranefestival.org
Olympic Bird Festival
Sequim, WA; April 10-12
Each year, with the help of local Audubon chapters and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, birders take over the northern Olympic Peninsula. There are field trips along the coast and evening hikes into the owl-rich foothills.
More info: olympicbirdfest.org
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival
Woodward, OK; April 15-22
Come for the Lesser Prairie-Chickens, stay for the company. Join the Oklahoma Audubon Council out on the open mesa and drink in the inspiring view. Greater Prairie-Chickens sometimes make an appearance, too.
More info: lektreks.org
International Migratory Bird Day
Everywhere; May 9
Join Audubon chapters across the country celebrating migratory birds and bird conservation. This year's theme is restoring avian habitat. Downloadable resources, in both English and Spanish, are 100 percent gratis.
More info: birdday.org
Correction: The date for the Art Fair and Nature Celebration at Madison Audubon was from last year's event. The festival is not being held this spring.