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Puget Sound Bird Fest Schedule

Check back closer to festival time for field meeting locations and room assignments. Registration for activities that require a fee opens on August 1, 2017 at reczone.org.

September 15-17, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

KEYNOTE EVENT
How Woodpeckers can Save the World (or at least your local forest!)
Stephen Shunk
7:30 - 9:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St. 

SAS Pt PeleeWoodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and North America's woodpeckers play a critical role in our continent's forests and woodlands. In fact, nowhere else on Earth are woodpeckers such important contributors to forest ecology. Join Oregon naturalist and North American woodpecker specialist Steve Shunk for an exciting journey into the lives of our own Puget Sound woodpeckers. Steve will take you inside the woodpecker anatomy, and translate anatomical adaptation into the fascinating behaviors we love to watch among our favorite woodland carpenters. He will explain how these amazing birds can slam their heads against trees without injury; he will share the broad variability among our local woodpecker species; and he will describe how several species can co-exist in the same stand of forest without competition. You will hear stories of fly-catching woodpeckers, ant-eating woodpeckers, and the heavy-duty excavators. Steve will explain the keystone ecological roles played by our local woodpeckers, and he will send you home with a mission: Prepare to be entertained, educated, and inspired to be ambassadors for woodpecker and forest conservation. Light refreshments will be served.

Steve Shunk has spent nearly 20 years studying woodpeckers. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird Conservancy (now East Cascades Audubon), and he started the region’s woodpecker festival in 2008. Steve also co-founded the Oregon Birding Trails program and coordinated its flagship project, the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. He lectures and leads birding tours across North America and beyond. Steve’s long-awaited Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America was released in May 2016, and he will gladly sign yours at the festival.  


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

FRANCES ANDERSON CENTER, 700 Main St.
Free activities all day - please register upon arrival!

Exhibit Area and “Birder Central”
10am- 4pm
Non-profit and agency exhibits, along with some local artists, will be located throughout the Frances Anderson Center.

Kids’ Activities
10am – 3pm
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 and nature craft activities. Special guest Christine Elder - a naturalist, environmental educator and visual artist from Oregon - will be in the Kids’ Room all day, sharing her love of birds with the children through sketching birds, bird-themed sing-a-longs, and crafts.

Citizen Science Mini-Symposium
10am – 4pm (Presentations from 10:30 – 12:30) 
What’s happening with birds in your neighborhood? Hundreds of non-scientists throughout the Puget Sound Region are involved in dozens of research projects designed to measure and understand what makes our bird life tick. How do they do it? And what are they learning about our birds? 

SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Citizen Science Mini Symposium Presentations: Alan Mearns, Chair
10:30am – 12:30pm
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.

Beginning Bird Identification: Burt Guttman
11am-Noon
This illustrated talk will introduce you to simple strategies for recognizing the distinctive features of birds so that you can make the pleasures of bird-watching, or birding, a part of your life.

Birds in our Midst, Creating Gardens Filled with Life: Julie O’Donnell
12:30-1:30
Julie O’Donald, Community Wildlife Habitat Steward and Master Gardener, will give an overview of the elements that create beautiful gardens for birds and people with an emphasis on native plants and design features that create the best habitat.

Sarvey Wildlife Raptors
2 – 3pm
Come and meet some of the feathered members of Sarvey's educational team and learn about their lives!

Better Bird Photography: Tyler Hartje
2 – 3pm
Learn about basic camera functions that pertain to photographing birds and how to choose the best shooting settings (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) for specific situations.  

Seabirds of Puget Sound: Joe Sweeney
3:30 – 4:30pm
In this presentation, Joe Sweeney will introduce you to the seabirds that can be observed this time of year. He will also share some simple identification tips for separating a cormorant from a loon, a grebe from a guillemot, a murrelet from a merganser, and more. After the program, Joe will lead a seabird walk along Edmonds’ waterfront (pre-registration required).

SATURDAY OUTDOORS
Pre-registration opens August 1 at reczone.org

ALL DAY Bird Viewing at Edmonds Marsh overlook
10am-4pm. FREE! Pre-registration not required.
Interpretive Activities: 11am-4pm. Optics demo by Seattle Audubon Society 10am - 2pm. 

Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Hatchery & Point Edwards Trail Guided Walk
7:30-10am
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #5983
Meet at the Willow Creek Hatchery for less than a mile of easy walking with a little uphill. 

Picidae Prowl with Stephen Shunk
7:30-10:30am
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #5981
Join Bird Fest Keynote speaker and renowned expert Steve Shunk for a morning walk with a special focus on woodpeckers. 

Seabirds of Puget Sound with Joe Sweeney
4:45 – Dusk
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #5980
Following his companion presentation at the Frances Anderson Center, Master Birder Joe Sweeney will lead a seabird walk along Edmonds’ waterfront to introduce you to the seabirds that can be observed this time of year.

Picidae Prowl with Stephen Shunk
4:30-Dusk
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #5982
Join Bird Fest Keynote speaker and renowned expert Steve Shunk for an afternoon walk with a special focus on woodpeckers.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
 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 
Pre-registration required ($10), Class #5985
Our traditional boat cruise on small boats that go out from the Port of Edmonds for two hours, courtesy of volunteers of the Edmonds Yacht Club.  A birding guide will accompany participants on each boat.
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Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Hatchery & Point Edwards Trail Guided Walk
7:30-10am
Pre-registration required ($5); Class #5984
Meet at the Willow Creek Hatchery for less than a mile of easy walking with a little uphill. 

Field Photography Workshop (Age 12+)
8 - 10am
Pre-registration required ($10); Class #5986
Join local photographers Tyler Hartje, Bill Anderson and friends at the Edmonds Marsh to learn how to increase your skills taking photos in the field. Topics will include composition, camera settings, and field craft.

Ranger-Naturalist Guided Beach Walk
8:30-9:30am FREE! Pre-registration not required.
Learn about the marine habitat and food web as you look for birds on and offshore. The walk will be led by Susan Tarpley, a Ranger Naturalist from Edmonds Discovery Programs.

Native Plant Sale and Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden Tours 
Noon – 3pm (Tours from 1-2pm)
Come and see the bee and butterfly garden, learn about bat houses and other ways to make your yard more wildlife-friendly. Volunteers will be on-hand to conduct short tours from 1-2pm. Stop and shop for native plants from Go Natives! Nursery, a small retail native plant nursery in Richmond Beach, north of Seattle in Shoreline that offers more than 180 species of native plants from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

                                                                                                                                                  

Link up with the City of 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

Bird Fest Contact

425-771-0227

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