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Birding Festivals

Four days on a prairie wild with wetlands and wavy, open meadows. Here is your chance to visit some of the world's most remote birding hotspots. Join your peers, bring your lists and be ready for four full days of guided tours, hands-on workshops, wonderful people, distinctive culture and wild country. Don't miss the next Pothole & Prairie Birding Festival: June 13th
through the 17th 2018 in Carrington, North Dakota!

Please go to www.birdingdrives.com for details and registration form for the 14th Annual festival. Dates: June 8-12, 2016. See photos of the 2012 festival on the above website.

To see photos of the 2011 and 2012 festivals, please click on 'Photo Gallery' above.

2012 Potholes & Prairie Festival

The 2012 festival involved participants from 25 states from the east coast to the west coast, and from the deep south to the far north. Highlights of the five day event included sightings of 143 different bird species, with almost all participants noting at least one life bird and others ranging up to 27 life birds. Some of these life birds included the Baird's and LeConte sparrows and gray partridge. Participants voiced their enjoyment of the wonderful birding, wide-open spaces and beauty of North Dakota. They especially enjoyed seeing birds in their full breeding plummage and their mating rituals.

Burrowing Owl
This group is studying the burrowing owl before they set off on the Birds & Bison Tour.
Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival

The photos below are from the 2007 and 2008 Potholes and Prairie Festival.

Ann & Ernie Hoffert
Ann & Ernie Hoffert (owners of Pipestem Creek) having a great day during the festival.
Ann and Ernie on a great day during the festival.

On the Coteau
On the coteau.

Bill Thompson, Julie Zickefoose, and Ernie Hoffert on the coteau.

Photo by BirdChick.
This bobolink is singing with the dawn chorus.

Western Kingbird
Photo by BirdChick.
The loudest and earliest singer was the western kingbird. He started at about 4am.

Thrasher Nest
Photo by BirdChick.

The birds around the property sure appreciated the business. This is a brown thrasher nest tucked into some honeysuckle right outside the window of the assembly room.

Music at Putnam House
Photo by Connie Krapp.
The birding festival attendees enjoying a social hour at the Putnam House in Carrington, North Dakota.

Putnam House staircase
Photo by Lynn E. Arrowsmith.
Putnam House staircase.

Mascot with Liam
Photo by Connie Krapp.
The BDD mascot, Larry Longspur, holding Liam the son of Bill Thompson, III and Julie Zickafoose.

Buffalo Tour
Photo by Connie Krapp.
Birding on the Coteau. Buffalo in the background.

Buffalo Tour
Photo by Connie Krapp.
Buffalo on the Coteau.

Wilderness Walk
Photo by Connie Krapp.
Wilderness Walk - looking for a variety of birds.

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