Birdies and birders flocking to Edmonds

Puget Sound Bird Fest returns Sept. 13-15
By Kelsey Foster | Sep 12, 2019

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … No, it’s definitely a bird, actually many of them, in the spotlight Sept. 13-15 during the annual Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds.

The Puget Sound Bird Fest highlights the important role that birds play in Edmonds’ ecosystem and economy: from pest control, to seed dispersal, to tourism. The overarching goal of the festival is to promote local birding, encourage bird-friendly gardening, and educate residents about conservation of bird habitat.

Hundreds of different types of birds can be found in Edmonds.

The Edmonds Marsh is one of the more popular places, listed by Audubon Washington as the first stop on the Cascades Loop of “The Great Washington State Birding Trail.”

Nearly 100 species of birds can be seen there alone. In addition to the marsh, there are many locations in town to spot all types of birds including Yost Park, the beaches, the public fishing pier, and local Edmonds parks.

Bird Fest activities

Bird Fest has attractions for people new to birding looking to get started as well as for those well-versed in the hobby. There are things to do at the festival for the entire family and many activities are free.

It all kicks off 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 13, with a keynote from award-winning nature photographer Tim Boyer. He will focus on the epic migration of shorebirds, including specifics about six breeds common to Washington, and why global conservation and climate change matter.

The opening speaker Saturday is Steve Ball, who will be teaching how to capture better bird photos, with tips and tricks and photography fundamentals. Later in the day, at 3 p.m., Doug Wacker will present “Do Crows Have Language,” where you can learn more about this fascinating breed of social birds.

There are five morning bird walks, three that are free to join. You can also venture down to the Edmonds Marsh any time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free bird viewing guided by Seattle Audubon.

Throughout the day Saturday, you will find free indoor activities at Frances Anderson Center. Visit the many exhibitors and watch a variety of presenters and speakers. View a display of photos taken by both amateur and professional photographers and vote for your favorite.

Take the kids to the kid’s area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about owl pellets and make nature crafts.

Sunday offers a day full of outdoor activities including a bird cruise on Puget Sound, a field photography workshop, and a sketch crawl.

For a list of all of the events and activities:

Kelsey Foster is with the Edmonds Downtown Alliance (ED!).


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