Early-bird alert: Annual avian festival announces speakers

May 16, 2018

The Puget Sound Bird Fest, returning the weekend of Sept. 14-16 in Edmonds, has announced its keynote speaker: professional nature photographer Kevin Ebi.

Through a collection of his work, Ebi will share how a single family of eagles worked together over one year to teach their eaglets how to fly, hunt and other essential life skills.

Celebrity birder Noah Stryker will kick off the festival “Year of the Bird” celebration at the Frances Anderson Center. In 2015, Stryker became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, yearlong, round-the-world birding trip.

Both speakers will have books for sale.

The annual three-day festival celebrates birds and nature on the shores of Puget Sound with speakers, guided walks and field trips, Puget Sound boat tours, exhibits and educational activities for children and adults.

The Bird Fest offers guided nature walks at parks and viewing stations in and around Edmonds, field workshops on bird identification, nature photography, wildlife habitat and two boat cruises to choose from.

The Citizen Science mini-symposium will return to the Frances Anderson Center, in addition to other exhibits, workshops, and presentations, including the popular live raptor presentation by Sarvey Wildlife Center and a People’s Choice Photo Contest.

For more information and details on upcoming events – including details on the 2017 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest – go to www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org.

Interested volunteers can contact Jennifer Leach at 425-771-0227 or jennifer.leach@edmondswa.gov.

Most Bird Fest events and activities are free; however some activities require a fee and advanced registration through the city of Edmonds Parks and Recreation Department. Registration can take place in person at the Frances Anderson Center, by phone at 425-771-0230, or via RecZone.org starting Aug. 1.



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