Otherwise known as birdwatching, birding is a favorite activity of people from all walks of life from all parts of the globe. Some birding enthusiasts liken it to an ongoing, nature-based scavenger hunt that can be played in any location. With more than 51 million practicing birding aficionados across the globe, birdwatching is one of the fastest growing activities everywhere. High profile enthusiasts of this inexpensive, healthy hobby include former president Jimmy Carter and James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Enthusiasts consider birdwatching to be “equal parts science and poetry,” among it an ideal pastime for those who value opportunities to savor moments of quiet reflection in environments featuring abundant natural beauty. This activity can be enjoyed in your own back yard, at your local park, or at a location like St. George, UT.

Bird watching at the beginning of this year
Photo Credit: Shiger Miy on flickr

Gather Together in St. George

Hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Red Cliffs Audubon Society, the St. George Winter Bird Festival is an annual event that is attended by birdwatching enthusiasts from all over the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, Hawkwatch, the City of St. George, Home Depot, the National Parks Service, and the Red Cliffs Mall, the festival takes place during January 26-28, which is the last weekend of the month. Highlights of the festival include 12 educational speakers along with workshops, presentations, and field trips designed to educate and intrigue the public about amazing avian life and catering to everyone from novices to those who’ve been enjoying birdwatching for a long time. You’ll enjoy the diverse topography and ecosystem unique to Southern Utah and have plenty of chances to photograph stunning specimens of our feathered friends to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Immerse Yourself in Birds and Beauty

Whether you discovered the enthralling activity of birding years ago or are just now beginning your adventure, the St. George Winter Bird Festival provides an excellent opportunity to view, photograph, and learn about our feathered friends in their natural habitat. You’ll hike through the austere beauty of Southern Utah’s red rock desert and return to comfortable accommodations. Stay for a week or stay for a month — whichever you choose, you’ll make memories and friends.

Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the St. George Winter Bird Festival. You are also welcome to register online to ensure a place for this enthralling event.