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Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

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Overview of the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

The incredible abundance and diversity of wildlife in Hawaii extends to our feathered residents as well. The Big Island is a wonderful place for bird watching and bird lovers gather here each year to explore and learn. The 4th Annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds will be held October 24 to 28, 2019. The festival will be held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Wandering Tattler photo by Jack Jeffrey courtesy of Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

Wandering Tattler photo by Jack Jeffrey courtesy of Hawaii Island Festival of Birds

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds 2019 Event Theme & Activities

The 2019 event theme will be, “Wanderers and Migrants–Hawaii’s Unique Avian Visitors.” We will be highlighting the migratory and accidental avian visitors that arrive in Hawaii each year.

Nēnē - an endangered Hawaiian goose

Nēnē – an endangered Hawaiian goose

This year’s festival includes education on Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument, a reception, a film festival, guided birding excursions on land and sea, a Bird Fair and the event gala.

The aukuu or Black-Crowned Night-Heron

The aukuu or Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds 2019 Speakers

The key speakers currently scheduled for the 2019 Festival of Birds event include renowned experts on wanderers and migrants:

  • Robin Baird, PhD. Hawaiian cetacean and seabird researcher with Cascadia Research
  • Oscar “Wally” Johnson, PhD, world expert on Pacific Golden Plovers
  • Peter Pyle, Research Scientist, Hawaiian bird authority
  • Lindsay Young, PhD. Executive Director, Pacific Rim Conservation
Java Sparrow

Java Sparrow

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds 2019 Beneficiaries & Sponsors

Beneficiaries of this educational event are Hawaii Wildlife Center and The Hawaii Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail. A huge thank you to our sponsors, who include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Hawaii Forest & Trail, Destination Marketing, Hawaii Wildlife Center and Alaska Airlines.

For more information on how to attend this exciting event please visit the official Festival Website.

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