Experiences in nature can be powerful—even life-changing. Personal and individual experiences can make nature more relevant to people’s lives, and that can be the start of change.
Inspiring appreciation for birds and habitat are at the heart of what we do, but the Festival also has other ambitions. In the long-term, we seek to galvanize greater public support for bolder action on climate change and environmental justice. We want to help shift our culture from one of rampant consumption, the destruction of wild places, and antipathy toward science, to one of conscious conservation, respect for nature, increased equity and increased scientific curiosity and understanding.
Our current plan positions the Festival to play a unique role as a platform and a meeting place for birders and leaders in conservation, environmental justice, nature access and climate resilence.
In this way, the Festival , we believe, can educate, inspire and excite people about a greener, more just, more bird-friendly path forward.