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Tim Boyer
Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration

7:30 - 9:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St.

Tim Boyer HeadshotJoin Tim Boyer to learn about the epic migrations of shorebirds. Six of the thirty-eight common shorebirds found in Washington are discussed as we explore the trans-ocean migration of Bar-tailed Godwits, Pacific Golden-Plovers, Sanderling and other birds that cross the majority of the Pacific Ocean. We’ll look at where they migrate, why they migrate and how they are able to travel so far. These global migrants require global conservation and climate change solutions. In an effort to understand their remarkable journeys we need to look beyond the North American borders and see where shorebirds spend most of their lives. The Seattle Audubon Nature Shop will be selling books during the Keynote event, and Tim will happily sign a copy for you. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Tim Boyer is an award-winning nature photographer. His images have been published in many bird and nature magazines. He is a full-time photographer and a graduate of Seattle Audubon’s Master Birder Program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography and birds through workshops and presentations. Shorebirds are his favorite family group of birds, and he spends a lot of weekends on the Washington Coast. 
NOTE: This event is free, but pre-registration is required through Eventbrite. Unclaimed seats will be released to stand-by patrols 10 minutes before the start of the program.


700 Main St. in Edmonds

10 - 4pm in the GYM

Infomational booths
Non-profit and agency exhibits including local Audubon chapters, WDFW, PAWS, Community Science organizations, and more.

Local artists and merchants
Photographers, painters, optics, and more, all related to birds and birding in the Puget Sound region.

Photo exhibit and competition
Stop in and vote for your favorite! Voting stops at 2:30pm, winners announced at 3pm.

Kids’ Activities, 10am – 2pm
Drop in to our Kid's Room and you’ll find plenty to do with your young ones! Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will help with owl pellet dissection, nature crafts and games.

Don't miss the LEARN TO DRAW A DUCK activity with Seattle Audubon from 1-2pm! Join Seattle Audubon for a lesson and activity on how to draw a duck. This youth-focused event will also introduce the annual Junior Duck Stamp Contest and provide young artists with information to enter their own duck art in this nation-wide contest. Best for ages 6-18.

Sarvey Wildlife Live Raptor Presentation, 2 – 3pm
Come and meet some of the feathered members of Sarvey's educational team and learn about their lives.


Steve Ball: Better Bird Photography
10:30 - 11:30am, Edmonds Plaza Room
Tips for better bird photos from how to setup your camera to what to look for in backgrounds. A review of photography fundamentals and how they apply to improve your bird photos. A few tips and tricks thrown in along the way. The goal is to get you to see birds in a new light and how best to capture the experience!

Community Science Bird Symposium, chaired by Alan Mearns
Noon - 1:30pm, Frances Anderson Center Room 206
Hundreds of volunteers throughout the Puget Sound Region are involved in dozens of science projects designed to monitor and understand what makes our bird life tick. How do they do it? And what are they learning about our birds? Stop by the Community Science Mini-Symposium to find out. Additional posters and information will be available for viewing all day in the FAC gym. See the speaker schedule here

Sneed B. Collard III: Father-Son Birding - Every Year is a Big Year
Noon - 1:00pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
Veteran author Sneed B. Collard III recounts how he and his son Braden began their birding journey together - their early tentative steps into the birding world, and their steady mastery of Montana birds before taking their big leap into a Big Year—recounted in Sneed’s acclaimed book, Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding (Mountaineers, 2018). The Edmonds Bookshop will be selling Sneed's books and he will be happy to sign a copy for you. 

Jenny Love: Understanding the Birds of Edmonds Marsh and What They Can Tell Us About Habitat Functions
1:30 - 2:30pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
This talk will summarize the recently-completed Edmonds Marsh Baseline Study, with a focus on birds observed in Edmonds Marsh and its surrounding buffer areas. It will also discuss how birds help us understand habitat quality and functions.

Doug Wacker: Do Crows Have Language?
3 - 4pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
Crows are intelligent, social birds that produce a wide variety of vocalizations and possess neural circuity involved in vocal learning. They therefore represent a potentially powerful model for understanding language-like ability in non-human animals. But, do crows really have language? We’ll look at some previous work on crow vocalizations and research that is currently being conducted, largely by undergraduates at the University of Washington Bothell, to more fully understand the vocal behavior of crows, including those that communally roost on the North Creek Wetlands in Bothell, WA. We’ll discuss what language is and how we might go about testing whether crows really have it.

Pre-registration for activities opens August 1 at reczone.org; meeting locations are provided during the registration process. 

ALL DAY Bird Viewing at Edmonds Marsh overlook
10am-4pm. FREE!  No registration required.
Interpretive Activities: 11am-4pm. Optics demonstration by Seattle Audubon Society 10am - 2pm. 180 W Dayton St. in Edmonds.

Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Hatchery & Point Edwards Trail Guided Walk
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #7969
Easy trails include paved paths, one short hill, walking distance less than two miles. If time allows, there may be an option to bird the waterfront to see the Heerman’s Gulls and other waterbirds.  Bring binoculars. Meet at the Willow Creek Hatchery at 95 Pine St. in Edmonds.

Accessible Yost Park Guided Walk on Level Ground
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #7995
Join Bev Bowe for a guided birding walk along the service road and paved path of Yost Park. Yost Park provides habitat for numerous species of resident and migratory birds including Barred Owls, Cooper’s Hawks, Pileated Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Pacific Wrens, and a variety of other forest birds. While there are no benches, we plan to be no further than .25 miles from the cars. Option to bird a little farther on easy trails until 10:00am. Meet at the Yost Park poolhouse at 9535 Bowdoin Way in Edmonds. 

Scriber Lake Guided Walk for New Birders
Pre-registration required (FREE); Class #7965
The urban forest and wetlands of this 22-acre park provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, wading birds and songbirds. Led by Terry Nightingale, this walk will focus on building essential skills for newer birders. A few pairs of binoculars may be available, but bring your own if you have them. Easy trails, may cross urban streets, less than two miles. Meet in the parking lot at 5601  198th Street SW in Lynnwood.

Pine Ridge Park Guided Walk - Great for beginners!
8 - 9:30am
FREE!  No registration required.
This 24-acre, wooded park includes a pond bordered by wetlands, with trails but no facilities. The easiest route to this
location from 700 Main Street is: go east up Main Street hill and turn left on Maplewood Drive. Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance of Pine Ridge Park, 83rd Ave W and 204th Street SW in Edmonds. Please note that there are no bathroom facilities at this location. 

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Guided Walk
FREE!  No registration required.
Two to three leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps. We will first walk the main paths and steps in this very scenic park. Then, we’ll return to our cars, grab our spotting scopes, and walk the short distance to the beach for some seabird watching overlooking the Puget Sound. The weather is usually cooler on the beach, so wear layers and rain gear, if necessary. Bring binoculars, of course, and a scope, if you have one. 2021 NW 190th St. in Shoreline

Yost Park Interpretive Walk 
Pre-registration required (FREE); Class #7971
Yost Park is one of the most divers parks in Edmonds, and is home to a wide range of native flora and fauna. Join a Ranger-Naturalist from the Edmonds Parks Department to explore this beloved natural area. Meet in front of the Yost Park poolhouse at 9535 Bowdoin Way in Edmonds. 

Crow viewing at the University or Washington Bothell Campus
FREE!  No registration required.
As many as 16,000 crows fly in at dusk and land on various buildings and sports fields before roosting in the wetlands of the UW Bothell campus. Join us after Doug Wacker's presentation to witness this amazing phenomena. Meet at the parking structure at the north end of campus.(fee required)

 Note that the Frances Anderson Center will be closed on Sunday. All activities take place in the field.

Puget Sound Birding Cruise (Age 8+)
8:00-10:00am (Board at 7:30am)
Pre-registration required ($10), Class #7985
NOTE: Registration for this activity opens September 1 after the number of volunteer boats is confirmed. 
Our traditional boat cruise on small boats that go out from the Port of Edmonds for two hours, courtesy of volunteers from the Edmonds Yacht Club.  A birding guide will accompany participants on each boat. You must download, print, and bring the required waiver, which also serves as your boarding pass. Details will be given at registration. 

Field Photography Workshop (Age 12+)
8 - 10am
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #7992
Join local photographer Karen Ulvestad for the Art of Photographing Birds. Karen will cover how to locate birds, identify birds, equipment and birding locations. Class will be held along the Edmonds Waterfront; location given at registration.

Pine Ridge Park Guided Walk - Great for beginners!
8 - 9:30am
FREE!  No registration required.
This 24-acre, wooded park includes a pond bordered by wetlands, with trails but no facilities. The easiest route to this
location from 700 Main Street is: go east up Main Street hill and turn left on Maplewood Drive. Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance of Pine Ridge Park, 83rd Ave W and 204th Street SW in Edmonds. Please note that there are no bathroom facilities at this location. 

Sketch Crawl with Carleen Zimmerman
10am - noon
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #7993
Join Carleen Zimmerman for a unique field trip sketching habitat and observing birds during fall migration in Edmonds. This is not an art class.  No artistic experience is required, but enthusiasm for learning is desired. Creating sketch moments to trigger memories is not about creating art in the field but more about learning how to stop, look and listen.  Bring very portable supplies like paper, pencil, pen or whatever fits in your pocket or bag. This is an accessible field trip with minimal walking. Families are welcome but children must be accompanied by a guardian. Dress for any weather in the Pacific Northwest. 

Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden
Noon – 4pm FREE! Registration not required.
Native plant sale, garden tours, presentations, speakers, workshops, and activities for all ages. Willow Creek Hatchery, 95 Pine Street in 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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