Join birding enthusiasts from across the state at the 2024 PSO Birding Festival in Washington County, May 31 – June 2, 2024. Registration opens on April 1st at 8 am. The Festival is the best place to enjoy great birding trips, learn from experts, and meet or re-connect with birding friends. This year we’ll be gathering at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Pittsburgh/Meadow Lands; our 33rd gathering will be the first in Washington County.

This year’s festival features an impressive line-up of field trips, speakers, and vendors. Choose from 16 field trip destinations across five southwestern PA counties, led by knowledgeable guides, including a special opportunity to tour the National Aviary. Saturday afternoon’s session includes presentations on bird song, hawkwatching, the search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and Pennsylvania’s Third Bird Atlas. The 2024 PSO Birding Festival is being held at the beginning of peak nesting season for many Pennsylvania birds to highlight the Atlas, a community science project that started this year. Vendors will include art, optics, apparel, conservation nonprofits, and a “leave one, take one” bird book exchange.

Join the Saturday evening banquet as we honor Mike Fialkovich with the Earl Poole Award and Allegheny Land Trust with the Conservation Award. We are thrilled to welcome Katie Fallon, author and Executive Director of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, to present the keynote address, Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird.

The Friday agenda includes a volunteer conservation project with Hollow Oak Land Trust, time to visit with vendors, and PSO’s annual meeting, which includes updates on PSO initiatives and the election of directors and officers.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington County this spring.