40th Anniversary Festival Wraps Up

40th Anniversary Festival Wraps Up2019-03-02T18:20:10+00:00

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.

Announcing the 2019 Put a Bird IN It! Photo Contest Winners

1st Place
1st PlaceBruce Davis
2nd Place
2nd PlaceAbbott Schindler
3rd Place
3rd PlaceBob Timmel
4thPlaceBruce Davis
5th Place
5th PlaceJoyce Norman
6th Place
6th PlaceMary Williams Hyde
7th Place
7th PlaceKent Patrick Riley
8th Place
8th PlaceHeather Honeywell
9th Place
9th PlaceJordan Jones
10th Place
10th PlaceRick Dedrick

2019 Sponsors

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Thank you!

W​e want to thank all of our sponsors; without you this festival would not be possible! This project is funded in part by a grant from Klamath County.
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Check us out on YouTube!


Check out the first ever television show about the Winter Wings Festival and birds of the Klamath Basin now on YouTube!

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.