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How to Organize a Birding or Nature Festival

Nancy S. Millar   See more about Nancy Millar

A Special Note To Festival Organizers

Because of loose ends, you may not feel that you can afford to take the day after the festival off to rest. You will need rest, to be sure; however, it is most likely to be the second day following the festival when your body cries for sleep the loudest. That adrenaline will still be pumping pretty hard the day after. Why not plan on working through the day immediately following the festival- to accept all the congratulations you will heartily deserve, as well as to finish up those last details? Take the second day off- and the third, if you can swing it! After all, you probably will have worked several very long days. You’ll deserve it!


There are several resources available for festival organizers.
Moving from the general to the specific, here are some:

IFEA: International Festivals and Events Association. www.ifea.org.

Watchable Wildlife Annual Conference, held in the fall. www.watchablewildlife.org.

USFWS training: US Fish and Wildlife Services offers a 3 ˝ day class, “Developing Festivals and Special Events,” about every year and a half. Instructed by Betsy Wiersma, Nancy Millar and Laura Jones. www.fws.gov.

Nature Festivals of America- A new organization devoted to assisting nature festivals. Naturefestivals@hotmail.com.

State organizations- In Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M University and Texas Nature Tourism Council all offer networking and resource assistance to festivals. Many states have similar organizations and departments.

Nancy Millar is available for consultation. Nmillar@mcallencvb.com.

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