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Join us in The Valley!

November 2–6, 2016

November 2–6, 2016

There are a lot of birding festivals in the ABA area–fifteen between now and the end of 2016–but one stands out: the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Now in its 23rd year, RGVBF is legendary.

The birding is, as you might imagine, off the hook. South Texas specialties, like Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, and White-tailed Hawk are the bread and butter. First time visitors to the valley can expect up to 20 life birds. And with that many people out birding, there’s a very good chance that a “mega” might be found–like the Amazon Kingfisher that essentially all festival goers got to see in 2013.

But the birding is only half of the event. Tour operators, optics companies, and publishing houses fill the festival floor. You might spend some time chatting with noted field guide authors, or trying out every binocular, scope, and digiscoping doodad imaginable.

Relax a spell (and charge your phone) at the ABA Lounge!

Relax a spell (and charge your phone) at the ABA Lounge!

But most of all, it’s all about the birders. People from around the globe gather, and head out into the field with world-class guides, then share stories (and maybe a cocktail). In the afternoons, a variety of speakers hold sessions on everything from big year birding, to raptor or flycatcher identification.

Birders viewing the second ABA Area record of Amazon Kingfisher, just 13 miles from the convention center, on November 9, 2013

Birders viewing the second ABA Area record of Amazon Kingfisher, just 13 miles from the convention center, on November 9, 2013

Each year, I look forward to seeing my “valley friends” as much as I look forward to the amazing birding the Rio Grande Valley and south Texas coast has to offer. I hope to see you at the ABA Lounge this year. Here’s a few snapshots to whet the appetite. Festival details and registration here>>

Common Parauque

Common Pauraque

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Audubon's Oriole

Audubon’s Oriole

Greater Pewee

Greater Pewee

Green Parakeets

Green Parakeets

Least Grebe

Least Grebe

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Greg Neise

Greg Neise

Web Development at American Birding Association
Greg Neise developed his interests in birds, photography and conservation as a youngster growing up in Chicago, across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo. At the age of 13, he worked alongside Dr. William S. Beecher, then Director of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and a pioneering ornithologist, and learned to photograph wildlife, an interest that developed into a career supplying images for magazines, newspapers, institutions and books, including National Geographic (print, web and television), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Nature, Lincoln Park Zoo, Miami Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, The Field Museum and a host of others. He has served as President of the Rainforest Conservation Fund, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the world's tropical rainforests. Greg is a web developer for the ABA, and of course, a fanatical birder.
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