Pacific Northwest Birding Festivals

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

May 3-May 5
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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Prairie Appreciation Day

May 11
Glacial Heritage Preserve
Rochester, WA United States + Google Map

Come celebrate the 24th annual Prairie Appreciation Day at Glacial Heritage Preserve. Learn about and experience one of the rarest plant communities (and its inhabitants) in the South Puget Sound region located right here in Thurston County. The celebration is full of activities for all ages, including wildflower walks, tractor rides, and butterfly and bee exhibits. There is also a wonderful oppo...

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Tukwila Backyard Wildlife Festival

May 11 @ 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Tukwila Community Center
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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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Leavenworth Spring Birdfest

May 16-May 19
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. The festival is sponsored by the Wenatchee River Institute and North-Central Washington Audubon, and all field trips during this festival are led by experts and professionals in their field. Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that ...

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Meadowlark Nature Festival

May 16-May 20
Meadowlark Nature Festival – Shatford Center
760 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia V2A 3L1 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 Memorial Day Weekend Campout

May 24-May 27
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 30-June 2
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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Monroe Swift Night Out

September 7 @ 9:00 pm-9:30 pm
Frank Wagner Elementary School
115 Dickinson Road
Monroe, WA 98272 United States
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For this year’s details, visit the Monroe Swift website. Eastside Audubon and other local organizations invite you to Swift Night Out, their annual festival held on a Saturday evening in September to celebrate the peak of the Vaux’s migration in Monroe. Each September thousands of migrating Vaux’s Swifts pause to roost in the old brick chimney at Frank Wagner Elementary School in...

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Puget Sound Birdfest

September 13-September 15
Puget Sound Birdfest Headquarters
700 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020 United States
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Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. 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 peopl...

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Wings Over Willapa Festival

September 26-September 29
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 Lake Street S.E.
Ilwaco, WA 98624 United States
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The second annual Wings Over Willapa Festival will celebrate Willapa National Wildlife Refuge with a day full of classes, workshops, guided tours and more. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages are sure to find plenty to do. Because the Refuge is distributed among several individual units, and because the Long Beach Pen...

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Nisqually Watershed Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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The Watershed Festival is an annual celebration featuring art, discovery, music and family fun. This year’s festival will include a number of displays from local organizations, walking tours, the Insect Extravaganza, a salmon barbecue and other great coffee and food options. Festival parking will be at River Ridge High School, 350 River Ridge Drive, Lacey, with a free shuttle to the Refuge runni...

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