February 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Headquarters – Oregon Institute of Technology
Program available November 2015
Registration begins in early December 2015
We will offer four days of workshops, mini-sessions, field trips, receptions, keynote presentations, vendors, and hands-on activities for birders, photographers, and families.
Announcing 2016 Keynoter James Currie
Join us in welcoming James Currie, a life-long wildlife enthusiast and native of South Africa, who is fast becoming one of the most recognizable faces in birding and wildlife in North America. James hosts the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures,now in its 7th season and currently airing on Discovery Channel’s Destination America. An exciting speaker, Currie offers a unique blend of information and adventure, making bird-watching refreshing, contemporary, interesting and exciting. His programs have a strong conservation emphasis and highlight the importance and urgency of preserving the planet’s incredible birdlife.
In addition to keynoting and leading a celebrity birding trip, we are working with James to film an upcoming tv episode on the Winter Wings Festival and birding in the Klamath Basin.
Canon Explorer of Light Stephen Johnson Named 2016 Keynoter
We are thrilled to announce Stephen Johnson, landscape photographer, author, designer and educator, will appear at the 2016 Festival. He has been photographing since 1973. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PBS Newshour and ABC Discovery News, among many others. His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland, Making a Digital Book and most recently Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. In 2003 he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Canon named Steve as one of their Explorers of Light in 2006 and sponsors speaking engagements with him around the country.
You Could See This!
Enjoy close-up looks at raptors, such as Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, both Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, as well as other Basin specialties like White-headed Woodpeckers, Black-crowned Night-Herons, Sandhill Cranes, and Northern Shrikes.
February is a great month to see thousands of migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. And we’re at the heart of the flyway where more than a million waterfowl migrate through each year. Cackling, Snow, Ross’s, and Greater White-fronted Geese are abundant and as many as 20 duck species can be found in a single day.
See Bald Eagles in town, at the refuges, and pretty much everywhere! About 500 eagles winter here. Go out on one of our field trips and you may even see a leucistic Bald Eagle that sometimes visits the Basin.
It takes some effort to get here, but it’s worth it. Adventure awaits at the nearby National Wildlife Refuges, Lava Beds National Monument, Crater Lake National Park, and Lake of the Woods. Winter in the Klamath Basin is for birding, nature photography, hiking, caving, and exploring new territory.
2015 Photo Contest Results
The results of the 2015 Put a Bird IN It contest are in. Link to the results page here. People’s Choice for the winners in the camera and phone/tablet division will be determined by the amount likes on each photo receives on the Winter Wings Festival Facebook page. For a video that includes all of the entries, click on Video.
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Major 2015 Sponsors