Event Schedule

Registration opens August 1st
For Bird Fest field activities that require registration, go to the City of Edmonds Parks and Recreation registration site and enter the program # or title in the search bar. If this is the first time you've registered for a program with the City of Edmonds, you will need to create an account. Please call the front desk at 425-771-0230 if you need assistance with registration.

Due to concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic, 2022 Bird Fest activities that would typically happen indoors (i.e. presentations) may be delivered online. Please check back often for the latest information. 

Time Activity
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10
Field Activities
7:30-9:30am Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Guided Walk***
7:30-9:30am Scriber Creek Watershed Guided Walk for Beginning Birders***
7:30-9:30am Richmond Beach Guided Walk for Beginning Birders***
8–10am Southwest County Park Guided Walk***
7:30-9:30am Lake Ballinger Guided Walk***
7:30-9:30am Yost Park Guided Walk: “Birding by Ear”***
4 - 6pm Edmonds Marsh Viewing platform
Exhibits and Presentations
10–11am Edmonds Library Bird Fest Storytime. Edmonds Waterfront Center***
10am–4pm Bird Fest Exhibit Hall.  Frances Anderson Center gym
10:30-11:30am Keynote presentation by Martha Jordan: Washington's Swans and Snow Geese - Connections to land use, agriculture, and dairy farms. Edmonds Plaza Room
11:45am–12:45pm Roniq Bartanen: Mindful Birding. Edmonds Plaza Room
1:00 - 2:00pm Community Science in Edmonds. Room 206 Frances Anderson Center
1:00 - 2:00pm Daphne Legg: Building a Backyard Refuge. Edmonds Plaza Room
2:15-3:15pm Connie Sidles: Montlake Fill  An Oasis of Nature in the Heart of a Concrete Desert. Edmonds Plaza Room
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11
7am–4pm Workshop: Bird Photography Challenges and Tips for Overcoming Them***
8:30-10:00am Edmonds Waterfront Guided Walk***
8-10am Lake Tye Guided Walk for Beginning Birders***
8–10am Accessible-ish Yost Park Guided Walk***
8:30–11:30am Union Bay Natural Area Guided Walk***
9am - Noon Native Plant and Wildlife Demonstration Garden Tours and Native Plant Sale
 12:15 - 1:15pm   Presentation by Don Norman Birds and Native Plants will follow the native plant sale.
3–6:30pm Puget Sound Express: Protection Island Boat Cruise***
   
 ***Registration Required  

 

ACTIVITY DETAILS

Saturday September 10th

BIRD FEST STORYTIME WITH THE EDMONDS LIBRARY
Birds of the Pastures and Fields
10-11am, FREE
Edmonds Waterfront Center, 220 Railroad Ave in Edmonds
Registration required. Register on the Sno-Isle Library  Events page

BIRD FEST EXHIBIT HALL
10am - 4pm

Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

  • Informational booths
  • Kid's activities
  • Local artists and merchants

SATURDAY SPEAKERS
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St.

Keynote Presentation by Martha Jordan
Washington’s Swans and Snow Geese: Connections to land use, agriculture, and dairy farms

10:30 - 11:30am
Join us for a special program by well-known swan biologist Martha Jordan on Washington’s wintering white birds - Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, and Snow Geese. Why do they come to Washington each winter? Their presence is intertwined with land use, agriculture crops, and especially dairy farms. As agricultural practices and land use shifts, big changes are expected for the birds, farmers, and visitors who travel to see them each winter. Registration is not required, but space is limited so please arrive early to get a seat. Doors open at 10 am. LEARN MORE.

Roniq Bartanen: Mindful Birding
11:45am– 12:45pm

New to birding? Looking for a richer more health centered birding experience? Mindful Birding highlights the overall health benefits of connecting to birds and nature. Awareness of bird habitat, song and behavior are highlighted. LEARN MORE.

Daphne Legg: Building a Backyard Refuge
1 – 2pm

Come learn all about backyard bird feeding in this talk tailored for beginners. Daphne will cover what a new birder needs, the basic feeding station, available water, and how to create a good habitat in your backyard, and introduce you to the most common backyard birds in Puget Sound region. LEARN MORE.

Connie Sidles
Montlake Fill: An Oasis of Nature in the Heart of a Concrete Desert
2:15-3:15pm
Montlake Fill has been an island of wildlife habitat in north Seattle on the University of Washington campus after serving as the city dump for more than 50 years. The story of its transformation - and the choices we humans must make to sustain and manage nature - is a tale of wisdom as well as folly, heartbreak and hope. LEARN MORE.

Don't miss the Community Science Mini-Symposium!
1 - 2pm in Room 206 of the Frances Anderson Center. LEARN MORE.

SATURDAY FIELD ACTIVITIES
Meeting locations will be provided upon registration. 

Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Guided Walk
7:30 – 9:30am. Registration Required ($5).
Join Jack Stephens to bird trails at and around the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery, the Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden, and the Edmonds Marsh. LEARN MORE/REGISTER

Scriber Creek Watershed Guided Walk for Beginning Birders
7:30 – 9:30am. Registration Required ($10).

The urban forest and wetlands of this 22-acre park provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, wading birds and songbirds. Led by Jeff and Eileen Hambleton, this walk will focus on building essential skills for beginners. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.  

Richmond Beach Guided Walk for Beginning Birders
7:30 – 9:30am. Registration required ($5).

Join Joe Sweeney for 2-3 leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps. We will walk the main paths and steps , then walk the short distance to the beach to watch seabirds. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.  

Southwest County Park Guided Walk
8 – 10am. Registration Required ($5)
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Join Jon Houghton for this walk in this large forested county park in  Edmonds. Will include crossing the street that bisects the park. Total walking likely less than 1.5 miles. LEARN MORE/REGISTER

Lake Ballinger Guided Walk
7:30 - 9:30am. Registration Required ($5).

Join Frank Caruso to explore this former golf course that has been converted to a passive park near the lake, with ponds and wetlands as well as a creek that is currently in a channel. LEARN MORE/REGISTER

Yost Park Guided Walk: “Birding by Ear”
7:30 – 9:30am. Registration Required ($10).

Yost Park provides habitat for many different birds, some of which can only be detected by sound in the dense canopy and shrubs. Walk will be led by Elaine Chuang and Peter Gurney. Both resident and late migrant bird species are expected to be encountered. LEARN MORE/REGISTER

Edmonds Marsh Viewing Platform
180 W Dayton St. Viewing platform will be located at the northwestern corner of the marsh. 
4 - 6pm. No registration required - FREE 

Edmonds Marsh is a unique urban wildlife area, and a great place to view a variety of birds throughout the year.  Learn about marsh history, features, and wildlife. Pilchuck Audubon Society volunteers will help you see and identify birds during your visit. 

 

Sunday September 11th

Meeting locations will be provided upon registration. 

Edmonds Waterfront Guided Walk
8:30-10am. Registration Required ($5).

Explore the Edmonds waterfront with Jack Stephens.  Although seabird diversity is low compared to winter, close views of some birds such as Marbled Murrelet or Rhinoceros Auklet can be had, as can large numbers of Heerman’s gulls before they depart for their wintering grounds. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.

Lake Tye Guided Walk for Beginning Birders
8 – 10am. Registration Required ($10)

Join Jeff and Eileen Hambleton for an introduction to birdwatching on a paved trail between the lakefront and adjacent farm fields. Plan on about 2 hours for a leisurely 1.5 mile walk focused on binocular basics, field guides, and birding apps. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.

Accessible-ish Yost Park Guided Walk
8 – 10am. Registration Required ($5).

Join Bev Bowe for a guided birding walk along the service road and paved path of Yost Park. Yost Park provides habitat for numerous species of resident and migratory birds. We plan to be no further than.25 miles from the cars, with the option to bird a little farther on a gently sloping dirt trail. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.

Photography workshop with Ann Kramer: Bird Photography Challenges and Tips for Overcoming Them
7am – 4pm. Registration Required ($25).
Join Ann Kramer, award-winning local wildlife photographer, for a full-day workshop.  Tips will include how to obtain pleasing photographs of creatures that don't sit still, are not at your eye level, know you're there, and are naturally wary of you. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.

Union Bay Natural Area Guided Walk
8:30 – 11:30am. Registration Required ($5).

Join Roniq Bartanen to explore the Union Bay Natural Area, Seattle's former garbage dump where more than 262 bird species have been reported. Tips for identifying birds will be included but our main focus will be on a more mindful birding practice which includes observing native habitat, bird song and behavior. LEARN MORE/REGISTER.

Native Plant and Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Garden Tours and Native Plant Sale
9am - Noon, followed by a presentation by Don Norman on Birds and Native Plants starting at 12:15pm
No registration required - FREE 
95 Pine St.

GoNatives! Nursery in Shoreline will have a selection of native plants for sale followed by a presentation by owner Don Norman, founding member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory. Volunteers from the Demo Garden will be available to show you the changes at the Demo Garden, talk about fall and winter plans for the Garden, and how to get involved and support this Community Garden.

Don’t miss the Sunday afternoon Boat Cruise to Protection Island!
Learn more and register at Pugetsoundexpress.com.