Lake Tahoe Bird Festival

Every year, TINS partners with the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and many other agencies, organizations, and businesses, to bring the Lake Tahoe Bird Festival to Tahoe. The event is one of hundreds of International Migratory Bird Day festivals celebrated throughout the Americas. The festival will teach the Tahoe community about the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year. They travel thousands of miles between their breeding grounds and winter habitats! This is a day to support and increase awareness of conservation efforts while enjoying family-fun outdoor activities.

In 2016, the festival will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 10:00-3:30. All of the festival activities, except for the off-site bird walks to other birding locations, are located at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe. Participating agencies include the US Forest Service, Lahontan Audubon Society, Falconer Marie Gaspari-Crawford, and McBride’s Nursery. Planning is underway for interactive family fun activities and a food truck!

This year we will be offering an early morning bird walks, likely at Blackwood Canyon and Spooner Lake. For more information on these hikes will be available soon. 


Here is the 2015 itinerary as an example of the event:

2015 Bird Festival Schedule

8:00 – Blackwood Canyon bird walk led by Scott Dietrich (off site)*

10:00 – Festival begins

10:30 – Bird walk led by Kirk Hardie

11:00 – Falconer presentation

11:30 – Bird walk led by Will Richardson

12:15 – Birding with the Family by Chris Siano

12:30 – Bird walk led by Kirk Hardie

1:15 – Landscaping for birds presentation by Will Richardson

2:30  – Falconer presentation

3:30  – Festival ends


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