2017 Winter Wings Festival
February 16-19, 2017
Program Schedule available in mid-November 2016
Birding Adventures TV Show Released!
The first ever television show about the Winter Wings Festival and birds of the Klamath Basin is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAPyOmRrJ9Y
The show was created by James Currie, host of the nationally syndicated Nikon’s Birding Adventures, during his visit to the Klamath Basin in mid-February. Local birders Gerry Hill, Kevin Spencer, Dave Hewitt, and Harry Fuller (McMinnville) appear on the show. The Running Y Ranch Resort is the featured lodging partner with support also coming from USFWS, Discover Klamath, and business sponsors Lake of the Woods, The Ledge, and Wild Birds Unlimited. This project was partially funded by the Klamath County Room Tax grant program.
2016 Festival Highlights
During four beautiful, mainly sunny days in mid-February, the Winter Wings Festival hosted its 37th annual festival in Klamath Falls, Oregon. After more snow and precipitation than in 2015, the destinations provided more bird habitat than previous drought-affected years. The Festival offered 33 field trips that explored the Klamath Basin Refuges, Upper Klamath Lake, Lava Beds National Monument, and the Crater Lake National Park plus private wetlands. We also hired James Currie with Birding Adventures TV to make an episode about the Festival that will be released in Spring 2016.
Festival registrants numbered 511. (That does not include the over 350 participants that did not register but came to see the West Coast Falconry Show and participate in other free children activities, vendors, and the student art contest.) Registration fees brought in $38,000. Three grantees supported the West Coast Falconry Center appearance, the Klamath County Tourism Tax Grant Program supported our television show and marketing efforts, and Fisher Nicholson Realty was positioned again in the Title Sponsor spot. Canon once again sponsored an Explorer of Light with Stephen Johnson being this year’s photography keynoter. The funds raised pay for the facilities and bus rentals, hospitality costs, etc. The Festival is the main fundraiser for the Klamath Basin Audubon Society – any surplus from the Festival will benefit the conservation and education efforts of that group.
Over 140 volunteers helped to make our all-volunteer festival a success.
We hope that you will consider joining us in 2017. We will keep some of the 2016 festival information active until updates for 2017 are available.
Other Major Sponsors