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Natural Awakenings Metro Phoenix & Northern Arizona

The 19th Annual Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Verdin. Photo credit: Doug Von Gausig, Critical Eye Photography

Located 100 miles north of Phoenix in North-Central Arizona’s Verde Valley, the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival gives participants the opportunity to experience birding during the peak spring migration season. The four-day event, which runs from Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28, provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.

The festival is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on the banks of the Verde River. With close proximity to the Verde River, Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek and other perennial waters, festival participants get to choose from more than 60 field trips, hikes and walks in one of Arizona’s richest birding habitats. There are also workshops and seminars, educational activities for kids, exhibits, a keynote speaker and entertainment.

Field trips are led by experienced guides who have extensive knowledge of birds and the habitat that make this region so unique. Guided walks and workshops, vendors and exhibitors along with special events round out this event. New field trips are added each year to the schedule of old favorites.

Location: 675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd., Cottonwood. For more information or to register, call 928-282-2202 or visit





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