2016 Winter Wings Festival

February 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016

Klamath Falls, Oregon, Headquarters – Oregon Tech
Registration begins around December 5, 2015

Enjoy winter birding and photography at its best in the scenic Klamath Basin located in Southern Oregon and Northern California. We are consistently rated as one of the best organized and friendliest festivals you will find. Come experience it for yourself at our 37th festival!

2016 Keynoter James Currie

Join us in welcoming James Currie, a life-long wildlife enthusiast and native JamesCurrieof 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.

2016 Keynoter Canon Explorer of Light Stephen Johnson

We are thrilled to announce Stephen Johnson,  landscape photographer, Stephen Johnson, 2003author, 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.

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Falconers from the West Coast Falconry Center are bringing 11 of their trained raptors to the Winter Wings Festival this year! They plan to participate in 4 events over the course of the weekend. For details on their FREE live raptor and falconry presentation click here.  In addition, the birds and their handlers will be upstairs on Saturday in the Children’s Activity area for up close observation, information, and photo ops from 10:00- 11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm. Don’t forget to bring your camera! On Friday and Sunday from 8:00 -11:00 am, we are offering the rare opportunity to photograph these magnificent birds in flight and perched to the lucky folks who register for one of these workshops. More details are available by clicking here.


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C_16Enjoy 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.


C_38February 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.


C_12See 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.   For a video that includes all of the entries, click on Video.


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 2016 Sponsors

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Klamath Basin Refuges