Festival FAQs

Festival FAQs


If you have a question not found in these FAQs, please feel free to contact us.

Q:  When did Bird Fest start?
A:  Bird Fest was started in 2005, as a celebration of birds and nature.  The first three years the festival was held in May, coinciding with International Migratory Bird Day.  In 2008 the festival date was changed to September, to take advantage of the calm winds and balmy late-summer weather and to increase the possibility of encountering migrating shorebirds and other Puget Sound birds.

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.
• Draw more visitors to appreciate Edmonds’ spectacular natural environment, vibrant local businesses, and thriving arts community.

Q:  What are the venues for Puget Sound Bird Fest Activities?
A:  The Edmonds Plaza Room is at 650 Main Street, above the Edmonds Library.  The Friday evening Opening Reception and Keynote Speaker will be there.  Next door at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, is where you’ll find the Registration Table, Exhibits, Kids’ Activities, and Speaker Presentations all day Saturday.  Most other activities, guided walks, and field trips either take place at or depart from nearby locations.

Q:  Are kids welcome at Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  Yes!  We have special activities planned for kids, and our schedule indicates “Family Friendly” activities suitable for all ages, including young children.

Q:  Is child care available at Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  No.

Q:  Is there a cost for Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  General admission is free.  This includes the Friday evening Keynote Speaker, all speakers on Saturday, Exhibits and Kids’ Activities, Interpretive Activities at the Edmonds Marsh, Tours of the Wildlife Habitat and Native Plant Demonstration Garden, and Guided Walks at Yost, Pine Ridge, Brackett's Landing and Scriber Lake Parks.  There is also no cost to attend Swifts Night Out in Monroe, and other than gas and ferry fares, the Point No Point Field Trip on Sunday is free.  Other guided walks and field trips require advance registration and a fee.

Q:  Can I attend speaker presentations at the Frances Anderson Center and Plaza Room without registering first?
A:  Although there is no charge for attending the speaker presentations, we ask that you sign in at the Registration Table.  In order to keep this as a free event, we need to have attendance records.

Q:  Will I have to pay for parking at Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  No.  Parking is free on the streets and in public parking lots in Edmonds.  Some parking areas have a three-hour limit.

Q:  Can I use public transportation to get to Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  Yes.  Community Transit buses serve Edmonds and the surrounding communities.

Q:  Can I bring my dog to Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  NO DOGS are allowed on guided walks, field trips, or at any of the presentations or bird-viewing stations.

Q:  If I am late to hear a speaker, can I still get in?
A:  Please do not interrupt speakers by entering after the presentation has begun.  In some cases exceptions can be made, such as when field trips run longer than expected and people cannot help being late.  There will be a monitor in each classroom to let in latecomers, at their discretion.

Link up with the City of Edmonds

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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

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