Wings Across the Big Sky, Montana’s premier birding festival, organized by Montana Audubon and this year’s local host chapter, Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon, will be June 9-11, 2023, at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT. Registration opens in mid-April. Stay tuned for more information. 

The keynote speaker for the festival is acclaimed author, Sneed B. Collard III, who has written more than 90 books for young people. Sneed is a popular award-winning speaker and has spoken at numerous birding festivals and events. 

During the presentation, Sneed will recount the entertaining adventures behind his humorous, award-winning memoir Warblers and Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding (Mountaineers, 2018) and other bird books and articles. Along the way, participants will travel to some of America’s best birding hotspots as well as South America, the Galápagos, and the Middle East. Sneed will share highlights of his and his son’s “accidental Big Years” of 2022 starring Pinky, America’s most famous flamingo. 

To learn more about Sneed, visit his websites and