Ornithophiles, unite! There's only one birding festival in the entire United States (and Canada), and it's right here in New York.

It's always welcome to have another reminder to outsiders that our state is more than just New York City. The sentence, "I'm from New York", is almost always greeted with comments on traffic, noise, and crime that non-New Yorkers seem to assume comes with living anywhere in the Empire State. But you certainly can't take a yellow cab to this event...

elisabeth dewey/Ivonne Wierink via Canva
elisabeth dewey/Ivonne Wierink via Canva

Birds on Niagara in Buffalo, NY and Beyond

Birds on Niagara, hailed as "North America's only international birding festival", is coming to the Niagara River Corridor, joining both New York State and Canada in a unified celebration of our feathered friends. Here's what to expect.

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The festival kicks off Friday, February 17th and runs through Monday, February 20th. The numerous programs and activities are happening on both sides of the border, including events at Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, Blackburn Brew House in Ontario, Canada, and Goat Island at Niagara Falls State Park.

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Events include scavenger hunts, activities at the Aquarium of Niagara, and an introduction to birding novices explaining the basics of the beloved hobby. You can find program guides for events in both New York and Canada here. But northern New York isn't the only place to find majestic Aves.

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