Puget Sound Bird Fest adds features for 2017

May 03, 2017
Courtesy of: Terry Olmsted Birds of all sizes can be found in Puget Sound, including the kingfisher.

When Edmonds’ Puget Sound Bird Fest returns for its 13th year in September, it will have an expanded lineup of speakers, field trips and Puget Sound boat tours.

The festival is Sept. 15-17.

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

Puget Sound Bird Fest 2017 kicks off Sept. 15 evening with a keynote address by Stephen Shunk, renowned expert on North American woodpeckers. Woodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and are important contributors to forest and woodland ecology.

For folks wanting to get outside, Bird Fest offers guided nature walks at parks and viewing stations in and around Edmonds, field workshops on bird identification, nature photography, and two boat cruises to choose from.

The Citizen-Science mini-symposium will return to the Frances Anderson Center on Sept. 16 in addition to other exhibits, workshops, and presentations including the popuar live raptor presentation by Sarvey Wildlife Center. The Kid’s Room will have information on bird life through hands-on activities and exploration.

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. Those interested in volunteering 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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