Hatchie BirdFest

Every spring folks gather together at the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate and see birds of all kinds.

 

Located just a few miles outside of Brownsville, the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge is a birding paradise. Wild Side Guide Lindsay Ferrier takes us on a trip to the Hatchie Bird Fest, where every spring folks come together to celebrate all things avian.

You can learn more about BirdFest by visiting their website, HatchieBirdFest.com, which even has a nice kids page, with lots of good tips for young birders. The festival usually takes place in May and, other than the hikes and bird watching excursions, most of activities take place at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. The event, sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and Tennessee Ornithological Society among other, is free and includes hikes, talks by birding experts, various presentations and booths, photography exhibits and more.

The Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, one of five refuges in West Tennessee, covers 11,556 acres along the Scenic Hatchie River. The refuge was established in 1964, primarily to provide food, water and shelter for migrating and wintering waterfowl. There are more than 550 wildlife refuges across the United States, home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and more than 200 species of fish. Fifty-nine refuges have been established with a primary purpose of conserving threatened or endangered species.

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