*Editor's Note: The Birdiest Festival in America's $2 Community Day has been postponed until a later date this Summer. Instead, Saturday, April 29, will be a regular day. Admission cost: $9 for adults; $7 for senior citizens, college students, and active military; $5 for kids ages 3-12.
UPDATE: 04/27/2023, 4:46 P.M.
Heavy storms brought four to five inches of rainfall to the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. In the last five days, rain has saturated the parking area, causing the postponement of Saturday's $2 Community Day.
Organizers say the Birding Festival Community Day will be held later this summer, including Family Fun Day, the Artisan Shopping Market, and Petting Zoo.
“Thursday’s extra inch of rain put us over the top for parking in our overflow grass field used for large events,” explained Marketing Director MaryJane Crull. “More is forecast Friday night, and possibly Saturday morning,” she added. “All our surface parking is full with visiting Festival birders and daily Gardens visitors, but unfortunately no extra parking for crowds attending a COMMUNITY DAY,” Crull concluded.
The rest of the festival continues as planned with 225 registered birders from 30 states already participating.
The Birdiest Festival continues with all other activities as planned through Sunday, including Keynote Speaker Tiffany Kersten, on Friday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m.
According to organizers, Saturday will be a regular admission day, with a bonus of the Festival’s “Raptor Project” shows at 10:30 a.m. Food trucks and all other exhibits are open to guests.
Visit www.birdiestfestival.org, or call 361-852-2100 for more information.
ORIGINAL: 04/25/2023, 4:07 P.M.
There's a lot of excitement over at the South Botanical Gardens as they get ready to host their annual Birdiest Festival in America.
Starting Wednesday, bird experts from across 30 states will be on hand to teach families about hundreds of different types of birds.
It's all in celebration of spring migration in Corpus Christi. The festival will also feature field trips throughout South Texas.
"Corpus Christi is known for its diversity of birds, particularly this time of year during spring migration season," said Michael Womack, the executive director. "So, when you come out to the Botanical Gardens, you're going to see a lot of different birds out here. You're going to see a lot of birders out here that want to see unusual birds, and they love to share that. So, you don't have to be a birder to come out and enjoy this."
Though online registration is closed, it's not too late to sign up for Corpus Christi's 6th annual festival, in-person from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, in the vendor tent.
Saturday, April 29, is $2 admission day, and the festival will be open to the public.
A family fun day, an artisan market, a trade show, a petting zoo, and a raptor project will be featured at the festival. Hear keynote speaker Tiffany Kersten's moving story about healing and survival.
The Birdiest Festival in America runs from Wednesday, April 26, through Sunday, April 30. To learn more about the festival, click here.