Despite snowstorms leading up to the festival, road closures in California, and some snow flurries during the festival, 387 hardy souls made their way to Klamath Falls for the 40th Anniversary Festival. Temperatures were way down making for the fourth coldest February on record. We appreciate the positive attitude exhibited by visitors while experiencing our winter wonderland. As we often say, we are off the beaten path but it’s a path worth taking. We bundled up, bathed in the sunshine when it emerged, and enjoyed a very diverse program of keynoters, leaders, and presenters. We especially want to thank Julie Zickefoose, Lisa Langell, and Tim Boyer who overcame winter travel challenges just to get to the Festival.
We have completed our 2019 festival bird species count and it’s 121. The cold weather probably diminished some of the spring migrants that generally begin arriving in February.
The Winter Wings Festival is produced by Klamath Basin Audubon Society volunteers with support from sponsors, grants, and participant registration fees. Proceeds from this festival support local grants to teachers and other entities for outdoor education and community nature-related projects.
For a few months, we will display the 2019 program as a reference. Save the dates Feb. 13-16 for the 2020 Winter Wings Festival.