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Puget Sound Water Front

The Puget Sound region consists of Puget Sound itself, the islands of Puget Sound, the Kitsap Peninsula, plus the mainland counties which form both the western and eastern sides of Puget Sound leading up to the edges of the watershed in the high crests of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Read more...
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Edmonds Marsh

The Edmonds Marsh is one of the few urban saltwater estuaries remaining in the Puget Sound area. Before settlement this salt marsh occupied nearly 40 acres. Development has reduced this area to 22.5 acres. Read more...
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Guided Birding Walks

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. Visit prime birding locations in Edmonds, such as Puget Sound waterfront, the Edmonds Marsh, Yost Park and other natural areas. Read more...
 

PUGET SOUND BIRD FEST IN EDMONDS 

September 14-16, 2018

Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. It is listed as one of Seattle's best events on events12.com, the web site of events currently over 12 months in major cities.

Our three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects.

 

Joining us from out of town?

    Find lodging and other amenities at VisitEdmonds.com

 

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Welcome 2018 Keynote Speaker Kevin Ebi

Professional nature photographer Kevin Ebi documented a year in the lives of Puget Sound-area bald eagles — one of the few eagle populations that doesn’t migrate. The resulting book “Year of the Eagle” tells the story of how an eagle family works together to pass on essential life skills to their young. Through a collection of stunning imagery and masterful storytelling, Kevin will share how the eaglets develop and learn to fly, survive their first winter in the upper Skagit, and learn to hunt in Hood Canal. Kevin will be selling and signing books following his presentation.

About Kevin Ebi
Kevin is a professional nature photographer based in Lynnwood. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and National Wildlife. His image of Haleakala National Park was featured on a Forever postage stamp commemorating the National Park Service centennial. Learn more about Kevin and see his beautiful images at http://www.livingwilderness.com/

Join us for the Keynote event, on Friday September 14 from 7:30-9pm in the Edmonds Plaza Room at 650 Main St in Edmonds.
Doors open at 7pm

 

STRYCKER inantarcticaCelebrate the Year of the Bird with Noah Stryker

In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog (audubon.org/noah), and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world. 

Noah will kick off our all-day celebration on Saturday starting at 10:45am in the Edmonds Plaza Room. Noah will also be leading field trips during the festival - details will be posted as they become available. 

 

The 2018 Bird Fest Poster Art Contest is open

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The 2018 Bird Fest Poster Art Contest is now accepting entries.

Learn more and submit your artwork.

 

 

 

Enter our People's Choice Photo Exhibition and Contest!

 

 

Edmonds - A Great Place for Birding Year-Round

Edmonds offers birders a wide variety of habitats: salt water, fresh water, wetlands, fields, ravines, woods, and lots of back yards! Several birders keep track of the species seen each year within the city limits. They have documented 263 species in the city. In a typical year 180-190 species are seen. Some are year-round residents and some are just passing through on migration. Some winter here and others just spend the summer. Some are one-time vagrants.  Click here for up-to-date online postings of bird sightings in Edmonds and other birding hotspots around Washington State.  Also check out the Bird Lore column at MyEdmondsNews.com.

Click to see current photos of Edmonds Bald Eagles and other wildlife.

Edmonds Welcomes Birders From Everywhere

Picturesque Edmonds is distinctive for a rich array of shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bistros that cater to arts and festivals. Many eateries located in the center of town and along the beachfront are all within walkin distance of our festival venue. Within driving distance, even more dining experiences are offered in Edmonds' neighborhoods of Firdale Village, Five Corners, Perrinville, and Westgate, and in Edmonds' International District along Highway 99. Parking is free on Edmonds' streets and in public parking lots but some in downtown have a three-hour limit. The Bird Fest is eagerly anticipated by Edmonds' locals, so you can always expect to see bonus activities and entertainments around town, with some listed on our event map.

 

Join the Flock! 

EXHIBITORS: If you would like to have a booth at Bird Fest, please contact Jennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov by June 31

VOLUNTEERS: Bird Fest relies almost entirely on volunteers. If you are interested in joining us to help plan, organize, or help with activities the day of the festival, please contact Jennifer Leach 425-771-0227 orJennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov.


Puget Sound Bird Fest is organized by the City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Economic Development Departments.  

Join the Birdwatchers Annual Flock to Edmonds

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View our web site on your smart phone for our festival schedule of events — available each July for the next upcoming festival program

We invite you to increase your awareness of birds that spend all or part of their lives in the Puget Sound region, and especially in 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 through the informative program offered annually at The Puget Sound Bird Fest of Edmonds.
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Birds of Edmonds, Washington

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A Complete Checklist

 Compiled and donated to the City of Edmonds by Ted Peterson, and is the result of 14 years of observations. It includes birds seen in all types of habitats within the city limits of Edmonds, Washington. The best places with public access to look for birds are the Edmonds Marsh, parks on the Puget Sound shoreline, the Public Fishing Pier, and Yost Memorial Park. See the Great Washington State Birding Trail – Cascades Loop for more great birding sites near Edmonds.
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Festival Map & Location

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Downloadable Map

Check out our most recent Puget Sound Bird Fest Event Map.
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Best Birding Practices

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Birders should keep an appropriate distance from all species they observe. Stay on marked trails and avoid entering restricted areas, no matter how tempting it may be to venture closer to a bird. Disturbing a bird’s feeding area or nesting sites can cause unhealthy stress and fear that may drive the bird away, not only out of range of the birder’s observations but permanently forcing the bird to find a safer, less disturbed habitat where it will not be able to be observed.

The goals of Puget Sound Bird Fest are to: Promote local birding, and conservation of habitat. Educate residents on bird-friendly gardening and the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. 

Link up with the City of Edmonds

You can easily find complete tourist information about lodging, dining and shopping in Edmonds just by browsing Visitedmonds.com.

Steering Committee

The Puget Sound Bird Fest Steering Committee is composed of the following members of the community and City of Edmonds staff:

Cindi Cruz - City of Edmonds, Community Services & Economic Development
Jennifer Leach - Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator, City of Edmonds
Susie Schaefer - Program Chair, Pilchuck Audubon Society

Bird Fest Contact

425-771-0227

Jennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov