Event Schedule |

PLEASE NOTE that all activities are free unless a fee is listed.  


September 14-16, 2018


Year of the Eagle
Kevin Ebi
7:30 - 9:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St. 

KevinEbi YearOfTheEagle Cover REDUCEDProfessional 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, Kevin shows 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 during the Keynote event.

Kevin Ebi 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/ 


FREE activities all day - 
please sign in upon arrival

Exhibit Area and “Birder Central”

10am- 4pm, All Floors 
Non-profit and agency exhibits as well as local artists will be located throughout the Frances Anderson Center.

Photo Exhibit and Competition
10am – 3pm, Room 112
Photos by amateur and professional photographers represent bird life typical of Puget Sound. Stop in and vote for your favorite photo! Winners receive an award. 

Kids’ Activities
10am – 3pm, Room 115
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.

Community Science Mini-Symposium, chaired by Alan Mearns
10am – 4pm (Presentations from Noon - 2pm) Room 114
Hundreds of non-scientists throughout the Puget Sound Region are involved in dozens of research projects designed to measure and understand long term trends in bird populations and ecology. What are they learning about our birds? Come find out. Presentations run noon - 2pm, posters shown all day.


Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year, Noah Strycker
10:45-11:45am, Edmonds Plaza Room
STRYCKER inantarcticaIn 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 Strycker, 32, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of four well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media. Strycker set a world Big Year record in 2015, and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. His other books are Among Penguins (Oregon State University Press, 2011), The Thing with Feathers (Riverhead Books, 2014), and Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic, 2018). He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Visit his website at: www.noahstrycker.com. 

Community Science Mini Symposium Presentations
Noon - 2pm, Room 114
The session is organized much in the same way as sessions at scientific conferences and is intended to give you a brief “flavor” of what a scientific conference looks and feels like. Presenters include scientists from the Seattle Audubon Society, Puget Sound Bird Observatory, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), Alan Mearns, and Rick Taylor on the Christmas Bird Count. 

How to Identify Those Little Brown Birds, Daphne Legg
Noon - 1pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
Daphne Legg, manager of Wild Birds Unlimited in Lake Forest Park will teach you how to identify some of the most common "Little Brown Birds" of the Puget Sound Region. Learn how to identify differences between birds that seemingly look alike, how their habitats differ, how to draw them to your feeders, and what their calls sound like.

CROW: A Brief Reading and Contemporary Dance, Mary Lou Sanelli
1:30 - 1:45pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
“What Sanelli does in front of a group is easier to recognize than it is to define.” —The Seattle Times

Photography Basics for Birders, Gerald Lisi
2 – 3pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
This presentation will cover the exposure triangle: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Essentials of exposure, metering, composition, and reading a histogram will also be explained.

West Sound Wildlife Shelter Live Raptor Presentation
2 – 3pm, FAC Outdoor Amphitheater
Come and meet some of the feathered members of West Sound's educational team and learn about their lives!

Rise of our Most Iconic Raptor: Bald Eagles Yesterday and Today, Jim Watson
3:15 – 4:15pm, Edmonds Plaza Room
Gain a better understanding and appreciation of Washington’s most iconic raptor from a scientific perspective. Where do they go after nesting? What do they eat? Where do our wintering eagles come from? Bring your questions and join us as we discuss aspects of year-round bald eagle ecology and explore the ecological and management implications of a species that is now recovered from Threatened status.

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

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

Yost Park Early Morning Guided Walk
7:00-9:30am. FREE!  No registration required.
Join an early bird walk along the forested pathways, boardwalks, and bridges of Yost Park. 9535 Bowdoin Way in Edmonds.

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park Guided Walk
7:30-10:00am. FREE!  No registration required.
Leisurely pace for 2-3 miles to see seabirds from the beach. 2021 NW 190th St. in Shoreline.

Haines Wharf and Meadowdale Beach Park Guided Walk
7:30-10:00am. FREE!  No registration required.
Leisurely pace for approximately 2 miles to see seabirds and songbirds. Carpool from the Wade James Theater, 950 Main St. in Edmonds.

Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Hatchery & Point Edwards Trail Guided Walk
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #6807
Join local experts to bird the hatchery and Point Edwards, then drive to the Edmonds Marsh. Less than a mile of easy walking with a little uphill. 

Seasonal Stroll with Noah Strycker
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #6813
Join Bird Fest’s Saturday Opening Speaker Noah Strycker for a morning walk in a local forested park to listen and look for resident and migrant birds. 

Waterfront Walk with Noah Strycker
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #6814
Join Noah Strycker on a seabird walk along Edmonds’ waterfront. While it is not the time of year when we see the most diversity, we can often see seabirds very close to shore as well as several hundred Heerman's Gulls who disperse north after breeding before they go south to their wintering grounds. Purple Martins that nest nearby may also be seen, as well as a host of other waterbirds.

 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 #6811
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.

Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Hatchery & Point Edwards Trail Guided Walk
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #6808
Join local experts accompanied by Noah Strycker to bird the hatchery and Point Edwards, then drive to the Edmonds Marsh. Less than a mile of easy walking with a little uphill. 

Field Digiscoping Workshop (Age 12+)
8 - 10am
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #6812
Join expert birder and Leica representative Jeff Bouton to learn the ins and outs of digiscoping. Jeff will cover the equipment basics of a good digiscoping set-up, and share some tried and true techniques guaranteed to take your digiscoping to the next level.

Pine Ridge Park Guided Walk
8-10:00am. FREE! Registration not required.
This 24-acre, wooded park includes a pond bordered by wetlands, with trails but no facilities. 20330 83rd Ave W, Edmonds.

Buoys and Gulls: Ranger-Naturalist Guided Walk
8:00-9:00am FREE
Learn about the daily goings-on along the Edmonds waterfront. The Dive Park, Marine Sanctuary and wildlife will be discussed. The walk will be led by Susan Tarpley, a Ranger Naturalist from Edmonds Discovery Programs.

OPEN HOUSE at the Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden
Noon – 3pm FREE! Registration not required.
Come celebrate another successful year at Pilchuck Audubon's annual Demo Garden Open House. Take a tour of the habitat gardens including the bee and butterfly garden, learn about bat houses and other ways to make your yard more wildlife-friendly. Shop for native plants from Go Natives! Nursery, attend a presentation, and enjoy activities and crafts for all ages. Willow Creek Hatchery, 95 Pine Street in Edmonds.

Puget Sound Express Vector Logo Sunday afternoon boat cruise available through Puget Sound Express                                                                                                                                                         

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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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