April 15 - April 18
This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The day of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration.
In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will also be offered.
The keynote speaker is Scott Pearson, “A Tale of Two Puffins.” Dr. Pearson, senior researcher with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, devotes much of his research to marine birds found in coastal Washington. Two of the most iconic of these marine birds are members of the puffin tribe — Tufted Puffins and Rhinoceros Auklets. One of these, the Tufted Puffin, is mysteriously declining from much of its southern range, including Washington, whereas the Rhinoceros Auklet seems to be holding its own, particularly at its major nesting colony of Protection Island right out our back door in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Scott’s talk will take a close look at the lives of both of these puffins, noting the possible similarities and differences that allow one species to thrive and the other to decline.
Registration opens January 1, 2021.
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