Pacific Northwest Birding Festivals

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

May 5-May 7
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 pe...

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Backyard Wildlife Festival – Tukwila, Washington

May 13
Tukwila Community Center
See driving directions on weibsite
Tukwila, WA United States
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The intention of this free all-day event is to encourage and inspire people to welcome wildlife, including birds and butterflies, into their backyards, gardens, and communities. 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.backyardwil...

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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival – LaGrande, Oregon

May 19-May 21
Ladd Marsh
La Grande, OR United States + Google Map

The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by a presentation by Mark Obmascik, author of “The Big Year” and “Halfway to Heaven.” Beginning Saturday morning and through weekend, the wildlife area is open to birding and exploration. From 6:00 am to noon on Saturday, six stations will be staffed by local birders to assist vi...

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Leavenworth Spring Birdfest

May 18-May 21
Leavenworth, WA United States + Google Map

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. Photographer Clay Taylor will be the keynote sp...

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Meadowlark Nature Festival – British Columbia

May 18-May 22
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, ed...

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WENAS Campout

May 27-May 28
Wenas Creek Campground
See website for directions WA United States

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 trip...

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Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival – Sisters, Oregon

June 1-June 4
Sisters, Oregon
Sisters, OR United States + Google Map

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 As long as you are in the Sisters and Bend area, explore the myriad diverse birdi...

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