Even though Harney County is back open for regular business, the decision to host an in-person or virtual festival was made many months ago when the majority of our event planning takes place.
Intrigue, adventure, and lots and lots of birding fun are in store for those joining 2021’s VIRTUAL Harney County Migratory Bird Festival! We have three different options for you to explore and enjoy - check out the VIRTUAL EVENT SCHEDULE! And watch this preview!
About the festival
Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the open spaces of Oregon's high desert. Held annually in April in Harney County.
The Harney County Migratory Bird Festival was first held in 1981 to celebrate the large annual migration of birds passing through Harney Basin on the Pacific Flyway. Harney Basin is one of the three most important areas left in the western United States for spring migratory birds stopping on their way north.
Over 300 species of birds use the refuge throughout each year, making Harney Basin a bird watcher's paradise. Today, we continue to celebrate the migratory birds' return each year with guided tours led by experts, workshops, and fun activities for both youth and adults.
CLOSED for 2021!
Annual members are eligible to register for festival tours and activities one week before the general public. That means you get first choice on your weekend plans and don’t have to compete with hundreds of other festival goers!
Only 50 memberships are sold each year. Proceeds support the Youth Art Program!