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October 2015

Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass Celebration

October 2, 2015-October 4, 2015
Ridgefield, WA United States + Google Map

Events for the 16th annual Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass Celebration are now posted. Go to www.ridgefieldfriends.org. But if you would like to bird at Ridgefield without the festival's crowds (and without the bluegrass), see our own field trip led by Paul Hicks on October 17 below.

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March 2016

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival

March 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am-March 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Blaine, Washington, WA United States + Google Map

  This annual birding festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that visit Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay, and Drayton Harbor, located on the Pacific Flyway in the Northwest corner of Washington State, with field trips, nature cruises, wildlife demonstrations, arts & crafts, kid's activities, expert wildlife speakers and more. For full details, including places and times, see www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.

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Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

March 18, 2016 @ 8:00 am-March 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Othello, WA United States + Google Map

The thousands of Sandhill Cranes that congregate in Othello in the early spring are heart-stirring, yet there is much more at this annual, well-organized festival to see, do, and learn. This year's theme is “Birding: The Next Generation.” The festival is honored to have 17 year old Lorenzo Rohani as a keynote speaker. Lorenzo is a photographer and at the age of 12, his book “A Kid's Guide to Birding” was published. Grownups say his talk is as entertaining and informative for them as it is for kids. The town of Othello opens its doors and hearts to visitors during the festival. For more information, see www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org.

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April 2016

Olympic Peninsula Birdfest

April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am-April 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Sequim, WA United States + Google Map

This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The weekend of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration. In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S'Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will also be offered. The featured banquet speaker on Saturday, April 16, will be Tony Angell, “Revealing the Secret Lives of Owls.” See www.olympicbirdfest.org for a full schedule and more information.

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Birding and Blues Festival

April 29, 2016 @ 8:00 am-May 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Kiwanda Community Center, 34500 Cape Kiwanda Drive
Pacific City, OR United States
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This festival offers a multitude of treats: birds, blues, the dramatic Oregon coast, Pacific City's carved dunes, and several fantastic field trips. John Marzluff, whose most recent book is Welcome to Subirdia, is the keynote speaker. See all of the festival offerings at www.birdingandblues.org.

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May 2016

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

May 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am-May 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Hoquiam High School, Hoquiam, WA United States + Google Map

Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! Tens of thousands of shorebirds feed on the open mudflats in the estuary. This concentration of birds offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species, and with luck, to see the birds fly together in beautiful formations while trying to escape the fastest creature on earth, the Peregrine Falcon. For full information about festival events, see www.shorebirdfestival.com. At Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, shorebirds can be viewed best during the period about two hours before to two hours after high tide. See the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival website for tide times during the festival.

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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, La Grande, Oregon

May 13, 2016 @ 8:00 am-May 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Ladd Marsh, La Grande, OR United States + Google Map

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is scheduled at the height of spring migration and nesting in the Grande Ronde Valley and to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day. Few, if any, places in Union County have a more diverse bird population than can be found at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. Over 200 species of birds either visit or live permanently at Ladd Marsh. ONLY ON THIS WEEKEND, birders have the opportunity to explore areas of the wildlife area generally closed to the public providing increased opportunities to see an abundance of ducks, geese, raptors, passerines and shore birds. While many birders prefer to explore the area on their own, a number of birding stations will be staffed by local birders on Saturday to assist novice birders in finding and identifying birds. Also included in the event are evening presentations, field trips and a kid’s corner where young people can build a birdhouse, sign up to become a Junior Birder or participate in other fun activities. Registration is required but is free. The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area located about 7 miles south of La Grande, Oregon. For more information, see www.friendsofladdmarsh.org.

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Backyard Wildlife Festival, Tukwila, Washington

May 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Tukwila Community Center, See driving directions on weibsite
Tukwila, WA United States
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The intention of this annual free all-day event is to encourage and inspire people to welcome wildlife, including birds and butterflies, into their backyards, gardens, and communities. Featured presenters will include Marianne Binetti, Ciscoe Morris, and Robin Haglund. There will be educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, and native plant sales. Don't leave the kids at home! There will be plenty to keep the entire family entertained. For more information, see www.backyardwildlifefestival.org.

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Meadowlark Nature Festival, British Columbia

May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am-May 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Meadowlark Nature Festival – Shatford Center, 760 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia Canada
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The Meadowlark Nature Festival has evolved into one of Canada’s premier outdoor nature celebrations offering over 90 environmental tours and events held under the open sky, which take people from Canada’s unique desert to the alpine meadows high above the Okanagan Lake. People from across North America and as far away as Europe now come and enjoy the activities led by prominent naturalists, educators, artists, experienced guides and scientists. For full details and information, go to www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca.

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Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, Leavenworth, Washington

May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am-May 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, lush riparian zones to shrub-steppe. All field trips during this festival are led by experts and professionals in their field. Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come to the Leavenworth area for the breeding season. Hear birdsongs sung only during the breeding season while you stroll, bike, boat, or van during the height of wildflower season. While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, arts events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for birders of all ages and skill levels, with enough built-in "down time" to explore the friendly Bavarian village of Leavenworth. See www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com for more information.

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Mountain Bird Festival, Ashland, Oregon

May 20, 2016 @ 7:15 pm-May 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Science Works Hands-On Museum, 1500 East Main Street
Ashland, OR United States
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It is a pretty long drive south, but the Mountain Bird Festival will afford you an opportunity to see birds in an area and ecosystem very different from Western Washington. Plus, there are Ashland's other myriad enticements to enjoy! The festival will offer guided birdwalks to some of the most beautiful and biologically diverse landscapes of the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. Target birds will include Mountain Quail, dancing Western and Clark's Grebes, Black Terns, Great Gray Owls, Calliope Hummingbirds, White-Headed Woodpeckers, and Olive-sided Flycatchers. For more information, go to www.klamathbird.org.

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WENAS Campout

May 28, 2016-May 30, 2016
Wenas Creek Campground, See website for directions WA United States + Google Map

Every Memorial Day weekend, members of Washington's Audubon chapters and their families and friends gather at the primitive, yet free!, Wenas Creek Campground in the Wenas Valley, on the east side of the Cascades between Ellensburg and Yakima, to enjoy the natural surroundings, abundant bird life, and each other's company. There are campfire programs every evening and guided field trips for birds and wildflowers everyday. Love of nature of all kinds means there may be insect hunts and bat hunts as well. See www.wenasaudubon.org for more information; the website has yet to be updated for 2015 as of this printing.

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June 2016

Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

June 2, 2016-June 5, 2016
Creekside Park, See website for other venues
Sisters, OR United States
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Organized by the East Cascades Audubon Society, the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival sees 11 species of woodpeckers and over 200 species of birds in total every year. Led by experienced birders, the festival is timed to see young woodpeckers leaving their nests. For full information and details, go to www.ecaudubon.org. As long as you are in the Sisters and Bend area, explore the myriad diverse birding sites there. I find the Bend and Sisters area a rich birding location and have had happy birding experiences at Shevlin County Park and Hatfield Lake, for examples. Google other possibilities using the keywords “birding Deschutes County Oregon.” You will be amazed at the number of birdy places in this part of central Oregon.

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September 2016

Monroe Bird Festival – Swift Night Out

September 1, 2016
Wagner Center, 639 William Street
Monroe, WA United States
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A September date has not yet been scheduled for the Monroe Swift Night Out. Check the website regularly for updates: www.monroeswifts.org. Monroe Swift Night Out celebrates the arrival of one of the largest congregations of Vaux's Swifts in North America. Thousands of these small birds squeeze themselves into a 31-foot fall, four-foot square chimney at Monroe's Wagner Center in just minutes. As many as 26,000 swifts were observed entering this chimney in one evening in September, 2010. There are booths with informative displays and nature items for both adults and children. Docents will be present to answer questions.

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Monroe Swift Night Out

September 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm-9:00 pm
Wagner Center, 639 William Street
Monroe, WA United States
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A September date has not yet been scheduled for the Monroe Swift Night Out. Check the website regularly for updates: www.monroeswifts.org. Monroe Swift Night Out celebrates the arrival of one of the largest congregations of Vaux's Swifts in North America. Thousands of these small birds squeeze themselves into a 31-foot fall, four-foot square chimney at Monroe's Wagner Center in just minutes. As many as 26,000 swifts were observed entering this chimney in one evening in September, 2010. There are booths with informative displays and nature items for both adults and children. Docents will be present to answer questions.

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Puget Sound Bird Fest – Edmonds

September 9, 2016-September 11, 2016
Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street
Edmonds, 98020 United States
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Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is a yearly celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. It is listed as one of Seattle's best events on events12.com. The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects. On Friday evening the keynote speaker will be Julia Parrish, who founded the COASST program, which monitors beaches for dead seabirds and in which some BHAS members participate. Edmonds offers birders a wide variety of habitats: salt water, fresh water, wetlands, fields, ravines, woods, and lots of back yards! Several birders keep track of the species seen each year within the city limits. They have documented 263 species in the city. In a typical year 180-190 species are seen. Some are year-round residents and some are just passing through on migration. Some winter here and others just spend the summer. Some are one-time vagrants. For more details about the fest, go to www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.

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Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival

September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Memorial Park, Pateros, WA United States + Google Map

The city of Pateros is excited to host the sixth annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival on September 17. The US Forest Service, HawkWatch International, North Central Washington Audubon Society and many others will be sharing the joy of raptors, their awesome biology, their migration tales and the on-going research in our back yard. This free family event combines activities in Pateros, a field trip to the Wells Wildlife Area, and shuttles to the Chelan Ridge HawkWatch site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories. This all happens at Memorial Park along the Columbia River in Pateros. For information about the festival and registration for events, go to www.hawkwatch.org.

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October 2016

Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass Celebration

October 1, 2016-October 2, 2016
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, 1071 S Hillhurst Rd,
Ridgefield, WA United States
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  Events for the annual Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass Celebration will be posted on the website in August. Go to www.ridgefieldfriends.org.

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February 2017

Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival

February 15
Port Susan Festival HQ, 27130 102nd Avenue N.W.
Stanwood, WA 98292 United States
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The dates for the 12th Annual Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival have not yet been set, but sign up for e-mail updates at their website: www.snowgoosefest.org. Organizers expect to have dates and more in early January.

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