Winter Wings Festival Feb 13-16, 2020 in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Winter Wings Festival Feb 13-16, 2020 in Klamath Falls, Oregon2020-02-18T17:27:15+00:00

The 2020 Festival is Over!

We hope the attendees enjoyed the 2020 Festival as much as our organizers and volunteers did.  Our keynote line-up of Nathan Pieplow, Gerrit Vyn, and Rosemary Mosco was probably the best in our history. They shared insights into bird communication, success stories of Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s  conservation media in action around the world, and a belly laughing humor aimed at bird nerds and nature science geeks. We so appreciate all three traveling long distances to come to S. Oregon and share their expertise.

We combined some adventurous trips to trap American Kestrels, find Golden Eagles using telemetry, attempt day and evening owl prowls with introductory bird identification trips and Big Day trips for more advanced birders. Photographers enjoyed sessions on photographing birds in flight, wildlife photography, and Shoot with a local pro to name a few. We encourage you to enter our photo contest and share your photo on instagram to #winterwingsfestival.

For a few month we will leave our 2020 schedule and information on line in case you are trying to get a sense of our festival before the program is released in November 2020.

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. Typically the reported species at the festival number about 120 – 133. Here is our 2019 festival bird species count.

 2020 Keynoters

We are so excited about our three keynoters (Nathan, Gerrit and Rosemary) that will be joining us over Presidents’ Day Weekend – all national leaders in the birding and photography community. In addition we are featuring Max Waugh, an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer, and Brian Woodbridge, famed Swainson’s Hawk researcher.

Nathan Pieplow
Nathan PieplowAuthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds

Thursday Feb. 13: The Language of Birds

Gerrit Vyn
Gerrit VynWildlife Photographer and Cinematographer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Friday Feb. 14: Conservation Media Expeditions: Capturing the Lives of the World’s Most Threatened Birds

Rosemary Mosco
Rosemary MoscoNature cartoonist and writer

Saturday Feb. 15: Comics for the Birds: Blending Bird Art, Humor, and Conservation

Also Featuring

West Coast Falconry will be participating in several photography and children’s activities. Look for programs on Golden Eagles, Swainson’s Hawks, American Kestrels, and Great Gray Owls for the birding participants and Bald Eagle photography and blinds photography for the photography participants as examples.

Brian Woodbridge
Brian WoodbridgeWestern Golden Eagle and Swainson's Hawk Researcher
Kate Marden
Kate MardenMaster Falconer, West Coast Falconry
Max Waugh
Max WaughProfessional Photographer

Announcing the 2020 Featured Bird – Barrow’s Goldeneye

This diving duck is commonly found around the Klamath Basin. The male’s white and black head plus crescent-shaped white spot on face makes it easy to spot. We plan to have a field trip to look for Barrow’s Goldeneyes, as well as Common Goldeneyes. We thank Billy Gogo, a local Klamath Falls photographer, for this image, which will be featured on t-shirts and other marketing promotional materials.

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

2020 Sponsors

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Thank you!

W​e want to thank all of our sponsors; without you this festival would not be possible!
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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.