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Birding Festivals

Please send us information about your Birding Festival a month or two in advance and we will post it here.

Here's a link to the Audubon Washington website to find more festivals: http://wa.audubon.org/bird-festivals-0

FFF Poster 2017.pdf

Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest

Date: May 12th - 14th

Location: Ellensburg, WA

414 South Willow St
Ellensburg, 98926

Website:  www.ycic.org  

Come bird with KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) for 3 days during the second weekend of May and discover the natural beauty of Central Washington State! Kittitas County features diverse and spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains, thousands of acres of public forest, lush riparian corridors and endangered shrub-steppe open space. The Yakima River Canyon is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with some of the highest densities of passerines and birds of prey in the State, some of them obligates to the shrub-steppe habitat. The Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will offer expert-led field trips, vendors, extended field trips, lectures and keynote speakers, social events and music, and a plethora of bird watching during early spring! 

The 12th Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
May 19 – 21, 2017

The 12th annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival near La Grande, Oregon is shaping up to be another good one.  Our Featured Speaker, to kick off the event Friday May 19, will be Mark Obmascik, author of The Big Year.  Mark is a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His first non-fiction book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, was a national bestseller and turned into a movie starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. His second book, Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled -- and Knuckleheaded -- Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, was winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature. His third book, In the Cradle of Storms: The Epic Story of One Diary, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of WWII, will be published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster. He was lead writer for the Denver Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Columbine High School tragedy. Obmascik lives with his wife and their three sons in Denver. 

There are 2 field trips Saturday as well as staffed stations on the wildlife area and lots of kids’ activities.  Participants may also choose among 7 Sunday field trips.  Field trips are filling fast so check out the Bird Festival tab at www.friendsofladdmarsh.org for more information about the festival.

13th Annual Puget Sound Birdfest

September 15-17, 2017

Speakers, Field Trips and Puget Sound Boat Tours!

(Edmonds, WA)   Mark your calendars for the return of a beloved fall tradition for nature lovers throughout the Northwest: Puget Sound Bird Fest returns the weekend of September 15-17th, 2017, in Edmonds. Acclaimed as one of the Seattle area’s best events on www.events12.com, this annual 3-day festival celebrates birds and nature on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound with speakers, guided walks and field trips, Puget Sound boat tours, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.

Puget Sound Bird Fest 2017 kicks off Friday evening with a keynote address by Stephen Shunk, renowned expert on North American woodpeckers. Woodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and are important contributors to forest and woodland ecology. Steve will take you inside woodpecker anatomy to explain the fascinating behaviors we love to watch. Enjoy stories of fly-catching woodpeckers, ant-eating woodpeckers, and beautiful photographs from Steve’s extensive travels. Steve's long-awaited Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America was released in May 2016, and he will gladly sign yours at the festival. 

For folks wanting to get outside, Bird Fest offers guided nature walks at parks and viewing stations in and around Edmonds, field workshops on bird identification, nature photography, and two boat cruises to choose from. The Citizen Science mini-symposium will return to the Frances Anderson Center on Saturday, in addition to other exhibits, workshops, and presentations including the ever-popular annual live raptor presentation by Sarvey Wildlife Center. Visit the Kid’s Room and spend some family time learning about bird life through hands-on activities and exploration.

Picturesque Downtown Edmonds also offers Bird Fest participants a rich array of shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bistros that cater to arts and festivals. Many acclaimed eateries in the center of town and along the beachfront are within easy walking distance of our festival venue.

For more information and details on upcoming events – including details on the 2017 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest - please visit our festival website: www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org. And if you are interested in ‘joining the flock’ and volunteering at Puget Sound Bird Fest, please contact Jennifer Leach at 425-771-0227 or jennifer.leach@edmondswa.gov.

Most Bird Fest events and activities are free; however some activities require a fee and advanced registration through the City of Edmonds Parks and Recreation Department. Registration can take place in person at the Frances Anderson Center, by phone (425-771-0230), or via RecZone.org starting August 1.

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