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Bird Fest 2005
Ridgefield - WA
October 15-16, 2005

Phone: 360-887-9495 -- E-mail: RFriends@pacifier.com

Welcome back our feathered friends at Bird Fest 2005 in Ridgefield, Washington (just north of Portland, OR). Enjoy indoor programs, children's activities, raptor shows, a birders' marketplace and more, plus guided nature walks and Native American skills on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Follow the footsteps of Lewis & Clark and visit an ancient Chinook Indian village where they stopped to trade and visit.


Wild Wings Weekend, a Celebration of Migratory Birds
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium,
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA
March 11-12, 2006

Phone: 253-591-5337 -- Email: education@pdza.org

Kids' imaginations will take flight at this weekend devoted to our feathered friends, March 11-12. Learn about migratory birds that stop in Puget Sound on their way to winter and summer nesting grounds. Activities free with paid admission.


Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival
Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
( Headquarters will be at Hoquiam High School )
Hoquiam - WA
April 28-30, 2006

Phone: 360-495-3289 - E-mail: kschoyen@hotmail.com

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.

This wildlife spectacle happens every year at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other parts of Grays Harbor County. People from around the world come to view this event of hemispheric importance. The Shorebird Festival works to bring people together for this incredible natural phenomenon. Grays Harbor Audubon Society


Puget Sound Bird Fest
201 - 2nd Ave. S.
Edmonds, WA
May 12-13, 2006

Phone: 425-771-0227 - Email: Gerend@ci.edmonds.wa.us

Puget Sound Bird Fest is a celebration of birds and nature on International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). We invite you to increase your awareness of birds that spend all or part of their lives in the Puget Sound region, and especially the environs of Edmonds. Observe birds in their native habitats, and learn how to preserve or restore habitats for birds and other wildlife in urban and suburban areas.

Edmonds is stop #1 on the Cascades Loop of The Great Washington State Birding Trail map, recently developed by Audubon Washington. The trail includes seven loops, highlighting the best birding sites throughout the state. The Cascades Loop was the first map published, in 2002. A birding festival gives the City of Edmonds the opportunity to promote local birding, invite visitors to appreciate Edmondsí spectacular natural environment and friendly downtown atmosphere, and educate residents on bird-friendly gardening and the Critical Areas Ordinance.



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