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.
Red-winged Blackbirds. Click here to see it enlarged.
What the Tide Washes In: The Natural History of Dead Birds
Julia K. Parrish is an award-winning research scientist at the University of Washington, who has achieved international recognition for her leadership of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). Founded by Julia nearly 20 years ago, COASST is a citizen science program that relies on more than 800 participants collecting monthly data on the identity and abundance of beach-cast birds with the goal of creating a baseline – an ‘almanac’ of sorts – that defines normal annual events such as the loss of overwintering migrants caught in Fall’s first big storm. This ‘almanac’ has enabled COASST data to be used to assess the impacts of a changing climate, document harmful algal blooms, measure fishery interactions, monitor for avian influenza, etc. and provide a baseline against which to assess impacts of near-shore catastrophe from an oil spill to an algal bloom.
Julia K. Parrish is professor and Associate Dean of the U.W. College of the Environment, who has been honored as a NOAA Year of the Oceans Environmental Hero and received a Champions of Change award at The White House.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT!
Submit a photo for the Bird Fest Photo Exhibit - first 40 entries will be accepted. Details here.
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.
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! Volunteer for Bird Fest 2016
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.
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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.
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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.