PV International Birding Festival

Robert Price - Vallarta Botanical Gardens
March 3, 2012

The Banderas Bay Region is home to over 300 species of different birds and will be the site on March 15 to March 18, 2012, for the Puerto Vallarta International Birding Festival.

The Festival is hosted by the PV Birding Club and will kick off on the 15th of March at 8:00 am for festival registration, breakfast and birding at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

Four action-packed days of birding and nature walks with expert guides in unique habitats will be sure to satisfy even the most advanced birders, and lectures from local and international authorities on many interesting bird and birding related topics will round out the festival.

Don't forget your binoculars!

Greg Homel will be the Keynote Speaker and Tour Leader

Greg Homel will be the Keynote Speaker and Tour Leader. Greg is an ornithologist, award-winning international nature photojournalist, documentary film producer, and lecturer. He lives and works from his home within the magnificent Los Padres National Forest, California, USA (home of the California Condor) and from his second home at Río Lagartos, surrounded by the magnificent Ría Lagartos National Park and Biosphere Reserve at the north tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

A birder-naturalist since childhood, Greg founded Natural Elements Productions in 1986 and Natural Encounters Birding Tours shortly thereafter. Now he travels the globe on a full-time basis in search of rare and little-known birds and other wildlife.

He shares his unbounded (and contagious) enthusiasm through excursions for small groups worldwide, and with a wider audience through state-of-the-art digital lectures, television, and wide variety of publications and video productions.

Throughout his life, but especially since 1990, Greg has guided, educated, and inspired travelers in over 80 countries throughout the world. His travels on all seven continents, from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic, have allowed him to see more than half of the planet's roughly 9,800 bird species in their natural habitats.


Thursday, March 15 - Festival Welcome and Photo Exhibit
8:00 am  - Registration and orientation at the Botanical Gardens
8:15 am  - Birding walk led by Greg Homel and Alex Martinez
10:30 am - Breakfast at Vallarta Botanical Gardens
12:00 pm - Photo exhibition "Birds of Banderas Bay"
1:30 pm  - Lunch at Vallarta Botanical Gardens
3:00 pm  - Conference; "Guacamayas (Military macaws) Forever Project" by Biologist Carlos Bonilla
Friday, March 16 - Villa Azalea "Birds + Art"
8:00 am  - Birding Tour "Villa Azalea Organic Farm" by Greg Homel and Alex Martinez
10:30 am - Breakfast for the people who assist the tour
12:30 pm - Organic salads contest and lunch at Villa Azalea and fine art exhibition
2:00 pm  - Presentation and discussion of "Bird conservation on Rasa and Isabel Islands", presenting videos by Sandra Gallo at the Pergola in Villa Azalea Organic Farm

Saturday, March 17 - Rancho Primavera en el Tuito, Jalisco, Cabo Corrientes
8:00 am  - Birding Tour "Rancho Primavera" by Greg Homel and Alex Martinez
10:30 am - Breakfast for the people who assist the tour
1:30 pm  - Traditional Mexican lunch in the Patio de Don Mario in historic Tuito
3:00 pm  - Presentation "Mexico Fabulous Endemic Birds" by Greg Homel, Tuito Cultural Center

Sunday, March 18 - Birding Tour Provincia Road
8:00 am  - Birding Tour "Provincia or Bioto Road" by Greg Homel and Alex Martinez
9:00 am  - Walking family birding tour at the Botanical Gardens with Claudia Lovera and Neil Gerlowski
10:00 am - Breakfast, box lunch for children and adults continental breakfast
10:30 am - Story teller "Arita, Macaw Story" by Claudia Cinta Magallón
12:00 pm - Presentation "Life of John James Audubon" by Neil Gerlowski
1:00 pm  - Lunch at Botanical Gardens
2:00 pm  - Art Silent Auction "Birds of Minuette" prismacolor technique and photographs
3:00 pm  - Closing and appreciation to participants and a special tribute to Dennis Boddy post mortem.


Wear all-terrain shoes or tennis shoes, light-weight, neutral color clothes (not bright), sun hat or cap, insect repellent, camera and Birding Spirit. We have a few binoculars, but is better always to bring your own.


Free Transportation every day. On Saturday, March 18, we have a 27 passengers bus, donated by the new American High School, which will pick up passengers at Starbucks Center at 7:00 am and 7:10 am in Conchas Chinas gas station and return to Vallarta at 11:30 for those who want to enjoy family activities only.

Tour Rates

• 1,900 pesos for complete Vallarta Bird Festival, 4 day tours with two professional guides, events, breakfast and lunch included.
• 750 pesos for One Day Pass, includes events, breakfast, lunch and tour with two professional birding guides.
• 300 pesos for One Day Pass, without tour, includes events, breakfast on just the first and last day, with lunch all 4 days
• Family activities are free
• Tips are not included

All the tours are only 10 people maximum.

To order your tickets online, go to the Vallarta Bird Festival Registration Page, email us at contact@vallartabirdfestival.org, or call 223-6182 for more information.

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