September 13-15, 2019

Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is an annual fall 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.

Our three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects.

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Tim Boyer HeadshotWelcome 2019 Keynote Speaker Tim Boyer!
Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration

Friday, September 13, 2019 
7:30-9pm Edmonds Plaza Room (doors open at 7pm)


Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration is 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 a effort to understand their remarkable journeys we need to look beyond the North American borders and see where shorebirds spend most of their lives.

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.

Tim has a degree in Recreation and Parks Management, had a career as mountain guide in Alaska, Washington, Canada, Mexico and Ecuador. He's been to the top of North America (Denali) 6 times. Toss in a few marathons, an 18 year stint at a large non-profit where he was once the Corporate Controller (which he still can't believe) and you can see he's ready for adventure. He's been a photographer since high school, (you know back when they used black & white film). He always knew he would have three different careers but didn't think that Bird Photography Workshop Leader would be number three.  

HDR Oystercatchers    CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Crumb, winner of our 2019 Poster Art Contest!


Looking for our PHOTO CONTEST entry form? Download it here

Edmonds - A Great Place for Birding Year-Round

Edmonds offers birders a wide variety of habitats: salt water, fresh water, wetlands, fields, ravines, woods, and lots of back yards! Several birders keep track of the species seen each year within the city limits. They have documented 263 species in the city. In a typical year 180-190 species are seen. Some are year-round residents and some are just passing through on migration. Some winter here and others just spend the summer. Some are one-time vagrants.  Click here for up-to-date online postings of bird sightings in Edmonds and other birding hotspots around Washington State.  Also check out the Bird Lore column at MyEdmondsNews.com.

Click to see current photos of Edmonds Bald Eagles and other wildlife.

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.


Join the Flock! 

EXHIBITORS: If you would like to have a booth at Bird Fest, please contact Jennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov by August 15

VOLUNTEERS: Bird Fest relies almost entirely on volunteers. If you are interested in joining us to help plan, organize, or help with activities the day of the festival, please contact Jennifer Leach 425-771-0227 orJennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov.

Puget Sound Bird Fest is organized by the City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Economic Development Departments.