Master Artist and Naturalist
Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is a yearly 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. Be sure not to miss our next festival in 2014 to be held on the weekend of September 5-7!
Our three-day events include speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. See more information about our festival program activities and event scheduling.
Edmonds - A Great Place for Birding Year-Round
"There were over a hundred Brants spread out in the offshore waters along with a small raft of about 12 Western Grebes. Birds appearing in alternate plumage included Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, and Bonaparte's Gulls. Virginia Rails are now calling in the Edmonds marsh. I arrived early this morning and watched one foraging at the base of the cattails in the northwest corner. Two Eurasian Collared-Doves (code 3) were on Sunset Avenue on April 5th. We received a late report of several Tree Swallows (code 3) passing through on March 18th. Since then we have seen Violet-green Swallows over the marsh on several mornings but they, too, seemed to pass through. There have been a couple of Savannah Sparrow sightings. There have been no other migrating shorebirds in the marsh since the Dunlin we saw on March 23rd and continuing Wilson's Snipe sightings. We are at 112 species for the year."
-Carol Riddell, April 7, 2014, excerpted from Tweeters posting
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.
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.
Read More About This Feature...
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.
Read More About This Feature...
Learn The Pro's Best Secrets
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.