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.
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.
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 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.