Photo: Common Loon by Lyle Grisedale

Creston Valley Bird Festival

Our Mission: The Creston Valley Bird Festival exists to foster awareness of birds and their habitats in the Creston Valley.

Where the Birds Are: Celebrate the birds, art, and the agriculture of the Creston Valley.

Get ready to spread your wings and join us for an unforgettable celebration of feathered friends and the vital wetlands they call home during their annual migration north. The Creston Valley Bird Festival is an exciting event that takes place every second weekend in May, where you’ll get the chance to rub shoulders with bird experts – explore and deepen your appreciation for the great outdoors with presentations, hikes, field trips, and tours by canoe or kayak. 

Next festival is May 10-12, 2024!

Registration starts in April 2nd at 9 am PST.


Introducing this year’s festival poster and artist: Eileen Gidman!

Eileen lives in Creston, BC. She completed formal training at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Watercolour painting is a passion of Eileen’s, and during the spring, summer, and fall she often will be seen painting on location throughout the Kootenays.

Her watercolour artwork and her painted textiles can be found locally at Creston Card and Stationery, the Cresteramics Gift Store, Brittany’s Flower Farm & Studio, and in Crawford Bay at the Firework’s Copper Enamel.

Instagram – Eileen Gidman

Where the Birds Are!

February 25, 2024

The CANADA JAY is also a species that lives in higher elevations and prefers mixed evergreen-deciduous forest (especially spruce) all across Canada.

In the late winter, they will incubate eggs in temperatures that may drop below minus 20°F and will rear chicks in the dark of winter.

In 2018, the American Ornithological Society voted to change the common name of the Gray Jay to Canada Jay. Dr. David Bird is still trying to make the Canada Jay our National Bird. They have also been known as “Whisky Jacks” and “Camp Robbers”!

Dr. David Bird talks about the Canada Jay

February 18, 2024

CLARK’S NUTCRACKER are found up in higher elevations where they love conifer seeds especially from Ponderosa and Whitebark pines. The best places to possibly see them are up Thompson Mountain or the Summit.

With their dagger-like bills they can rip into pine cones to pull out large seeds, which it stores in a pouch under their tongue and then carry away to bury for the winter. Each birds buries thousands of seeds and, remarkedly, can remember the locations of most of them months later and under the snow! Seeds they don’t retrieve play a crucial role in growing new pine forests (sourced from All About Birds).

  See Where the Birds Are page for more!

Call 250-428-2336 for a 10% discount on a room for the festival weekend!!

Wings, Wildlife, and Wonder: Your Guide to the Creston Valley Bird Festival by Brian Lawrence

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Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.


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Creston, BC
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