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Spring is the Time for Bird Festivals

Washington state is a stopping ground for migratory birds. These are Trumpeter Swans wintering on Fir Island.
Washington state is a stopping ground for migratory birds. These are Trumpeter Swans wintering on Fir Island.
Karen Ulvestad

In the spring and fall, thousands of migratory birds travel through Washington state on the Pacific Coast and the Puget Sound area. Communities celebrate these migrations with bird festivals, that give opportunities to participate in lectures, workshops, and bird outings.

One of the best know festivals is the Wings Over Water Bird Festival held every March in Blaine (near the Canadian border). This year, the festival is March 14th through 16th with activities through out the area. This is a 3 day festival, which opens Friday night with an Artist Reception at the Semiahmoo Resort.

The main activities will happen on Saturday starting at 8:30 am., and ending with the Keynote Speaker at 5 pm. The Keynote speaker is well-known photographer Paul Bannik. He will be presenting "Life of Owls," including his award-winning photographs, and videos of owls through the 4 seasons. Other activities include wildlife presentations, birding field trips, photography workshops, and activities for children.

For the complete Wings Over Water Bird Festival schedule, visit their website.

The Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival is held annually in Hoquiam on Grays Harbor. This year the festival is April 25th through 27th. Thousands of Western Sandpipers, Dunlin, Long- and Short-billed Dowitchers, and other shorebirds. This area is one of the biggest stop-overs for these birds migrating to their nesting grounds in the Arctic. These birds are feeding for the next part of their migration.

The festival is all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Events include birding field trips to Ocean Shores, Point Grenville, Lake Quinault, and the rainforest. At the Festival head-quarters, there will be lectures, activities, and vendors. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. John Marzluff, who is the author of "Gifts of the Crow."

For the complete Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival schedule, visit their website.

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