It started five years ago to promote nature/agriculture-based tourism in the Imperial Valley and is continuing to accomplish that goal.
The Salton Sea International Bird Festival ended Monday. As in years past, the festival brought people from around the United States and the world together to enjoy the many species of birds found in the Imperial Valley.
We are pleased to see the festival has become a Valley tradition. Local people interested in seeing the Valley prosper by utilizing its resources have put in hours and hours to make the festival a continuing success.
Many of those who took part in tours during the festival over the weekend said they were visiting the Imperial Valley for the first time. Many said they found the Valley beautiful and a perfect location to bird watch. Many said they plan to return on their own throughout the year and other said they will return to the festival next year. Still others were returning after taking part in the festival last year or in years previous to that. They said it is an event to which they look forward.