The 2021 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival has been cancelled

I am very sorry to announce we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival.

The pandemic clearly is not going to be over by April 2021, and even if a vaccine becomes available early next year it will take a long time for everyone to get vaccinated, and from all the expert guidance we’re reading we will need to continue practicing social distancing, mask wearing, etc. through most of next year.

Unlike other outdoor birding activities where folks can stay socially distant and be in your own car we really have no alternative to viewing the Lesser Prairie-Chickens from vans. This means 15 to 20 participants in close proximity to one another for almost 5 hours, and it is not economically viable to reduce the number of people in the van.

All 2020 registrants who rolled over their registration to 2021 should have received an email with instructions on requesting a refund. If you have not received that email, please contact johnkennington@gmail.com ASAP.

We definitely hope to be back in 2022!!

John Kennington
Festival Organizer


The 2020 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival has been cancelled


The 2020 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival 

Featuring keynote speaker Nate Swick

Registration is now open!

Treks that are sold out or getting close to capacity:

Wednesday Greater Prairie-Chicken Viewing – SOLD OUT
Friday Photographer’s Package –  SOLD OUT
Friday Salt Plains – 3 spots left
Saturday Lesser Prairie-Chicken Viewing –  SOLD OUT
Saturday Photographer’s Package –  SOLD OUT
Sunday Harper/Woodward County Birding – 3 spots left
All other treks still have room 

Prairie-Chicken Festival. The 2020 festival will feature keynote speaker Nate Swick. Besides seeing the Lesser Prairie-Chickens (and so far 99% of participants have had close looks!) and birding around northwest Oklahoma, we are again offering these special features for 2020:

If you have any question, feel free to contact John Kennington at 918-809-6325 or johnkennington@gmail.com

Keynote Speaker Nate Swick

nswickNate Swick is the editor of The American Birding Association (ABA) blog as well as the popular host of the ABA’s American Birding Podcast. He is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of birding magazines, as well as author of two books – The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas and The Beginner’s Guide to Birding. He is chair of the North Carolina Bird Records Committee and leads birding excursions all over the world for ABA events. Nate has been a birder for more than 20 years and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife and two small children.


Featured Artist Rusty Johnson

rusty-johnsonThis year’s featured artist is Rusty Johnson, a Tulsa resident who has won national and international woodcarving awards. His style is an eclectic blend of subjects influenced by a range of artists, including famed sculptor Michelangelo, cartoonist Jack Davis and painter Frederic Remington.

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