Birding festivals around the Northwest

Many Audubon chapters and other organizations sponsor birding festivals around our region. Typically they offer a number of birding trips led by knowledgeable guides, and are great opportunities to see species you might not find in your own area.

Here’s a listing of festivals coming up in 2020. We’ll add more as we learn about them, so check back from time to time.


Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, Othello, March 20-22, 2020. Now in its 23rd year, this annual festival celebrates the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes. The festival offers a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy and learn.
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Olympic BirdFest, April 17-19. Experience the magic of the North Olympic Peninsula…quiet bays and estuaries, sandy beaches, a five-mile-long sand spit, and a protected island bird sanctuary on the Strait of Juan de Fuca; wetlands, tide pools, rainforests, and lush river valleys. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tour, and a gala banquet.  This year’s featured speaker is Scott Pearson, a researcher in Ecology, Marine Biology and Zoology at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Also offered is a pre-festival, three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 14-16.
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Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival, April 24-26, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hoquiam. Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed along the Washington coast and in the Grays Harbor estuary during their migration northward. This festival brings people together for this incredible natural phenomenon.
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Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest, May 8-10, Ellensburg
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Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, May 14-17. Registration starts March 17.
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Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. Watch for more information.
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