Pacific Northwest Birding Festivals

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

April 27-April 29
Hoquiam Middle School
200 North Spencer Street
Hoquiam, WA United States
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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

May 12
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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Yakima River Canyon Birdfest

May 11-May 13
Helen McCabe State Park
23942-24398 Canyon Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926 United States
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Come bird with the Kittitas Environmental Education Network, or KEEN, for three days during the second weekend of May and discover the natural beauty of Central Washington. 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 Au...

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Leavenworth Spring Birdfest

May 17-May 20
Bird Fest Central-Wenatchee River Institute at Barn Beach Reserve
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. The one and only David Allen Sibley will be the...

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Meadowlark Nature Festival

May 17-May 21

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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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

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

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is an uncrowded, non-competitive birding opportunity for the whole family. 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. The event is scheduled at the height of spring migration and nesting in the Grande Ronde Valley and to commemorate International Migra...

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WENAS Campout

May 26-May 28
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 trip...

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Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

May 31-June 3
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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