Now in its 14th year, this festival boasts trips, leaders, and speakers that will help you make the most of the wonderfully varied habitat in and around the New River Gorge National River. Did I mention warblers are this festival's calling card? Each year so far, at least 30 warbler species have been logged in during the week-long event. According to the festival website:
"This area is the heart of the upland hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology has identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager."
|Scarlet Tanager photo by Mike McDowell|
Eagle Optics is honored to be attending again in 2016. Look for Ben in the charming and scenic Optics Gazebo, situated on the festival grounds: the perfect place to stop and try the latest in binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods. As always, we are happy to bring along specific products at your request. Please contact us here at Eagle Optics at least two weeks before this or any festival where we have a vendor presence.
The time is now, friend, to get registered! Picture yourself there for a day, or two or three, or for the entire week! There are packages available which include lodging at some of the finer lodges, inns, cabins, and motels near the festival site. I'm telling you, these West Virginia folks know about hospitality. There are just a few spots left. You can register online now, study up on warblers for a few weeks, and then be New River-bound first thing in May. How's that for a plan?
Leading participants in a wide range of habitats will be some of the industry's very best birding guides. See a complete list of local and national trip leaders here. If you have a free afternoon, catch one of their informative Popcorn Presentations around 3:00.
|Photo by McKenzie Fleeman|
Eagle Optics Staff
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