The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is presenting its First Annual Birds and Wildlife Festival: BirdFest 2014 on April 10 to 12.
BirdFest offers activities sure to please all who enjoy the birds and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, say organizers.
The lineup of walks, talks, workshops, and activities are ideal for all ages and experience levels.
“This is our inaugural BirdFest, and we have events sure to please everyone,” said Festival Director Michell Marshall. “If you are a life-long birder, a casual birding fan, or simply love the nature of the San Juan Islands, then this is the event for you.”
BirdFest will kick off with an opening night dinner and reception on Thursday, April 10 at Rosario Resort. The featured speaker will be noted conservation biologist Thor Hanson. Author of the highly acclaimed book “Feathers,” Hanson will share his knowledge of all things “wild” on Orcas Island.
Festival events get underway on Friday and Saturday (April 11 and 12), and will include: Bird and nature walks with local birding experts, including Kim Middleton; kayak and boat trips to explore the coastal environment or the marine habitat; workshops on birding and wildlife painting and photography; kids’ activities, including bird mask making and storytelling; and a community parade featuring bird and wildlife costumes.
Friday and Saturday evening conservation lectures from prominent scientist and wildlife experts include: Joe Gaydos of Sea Doc Society, Kathleen Foley San Juan Preservation Trust, Bud Anderson of Falcon research Group and Russel Barsh of KWIAHT.
Tickets for opening night dinner, and select other events will go on sale in mid-February.
Complete Festival details can be found at www.Facebook.com/OrcasBirdFest or www.OrcasIslandBirdFest.com (coming soon).