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2020 Bird Fest Information

Bird Fest

Bird Fest 2020

Save the date! This year Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest will be May 14-17, 2020. As you are planning your time at Bird Fest, please see our list of preferred vendors. These sponsors help keep Bird Fest soaring!

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Wenatchee River Institute members get a discount on registration for Bird Fest events! Click here to become a member. Prices below are listed as WRI member/non-member.


This schedule is a living document! Please check back as there will be updates.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Thursday Trip/Workshop Name Time Cost Description
Birding at Badger Mountain (Indian Camp Road/Ruud Canyon) 7:00am-2:00pm $26/$30 Leaders: Mark Johnston, Rich Scranton Explore riparian, sagebrush steppe and dry ponderosa pine habitats on Badger Mountain. Trip includes a two-mile hike along an uneven trail. Be prepared for weather and chilly mornings; Badger Mt. is 4,100 feet in elevation! Bring binoculars, a backpack, water, lunch, sturdy footwear, hat and appropriate layered clothing. Meet at the Penny Street Park & Ride. Registration required. Group Limit: 10
Sleeping Lady Bird Walk 8:00am-10:00am FREE Enjoy a tour of the diverse habitats at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, birding in the organic garden, through aspen stands and ponderosa forest, and along the banks of Icicle Creek. Heather and Pat Murphy will be your guides; over the past 25 years she has recorded 109 bird species in the Sleeping Lady area. Meet at the gazebo in the organic garden at Sleeping Lady. Bring your binoculars and join in for the two-hour walk or a shortened version, as your day allows. Wheelchair Accessible. *Note: We have moved this event date this year, as Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort campus will be closed from Friday May 15th to Sunday May 17th.
Fire Ecology Trip 9:00am-1:00pm $17/$20 Join photographer/ biologist John Marshall on a fire ecology hike to Mountain Home Creek, overlooking the Icicle Valley. Marshall walked across this landscape in 1994, when it was grey and black and still smoldering. He has returned periodically ever since, to re-take photographs from the same points. Marshall's photographs are a remarkable testimony to the resilience of our fire adapted ecosystems. Learn about how plants respond to fire, and how fire both destroys and creates wildlife habitats. Although this will not be a long hike, it will be rigorous involving bushwhacking, steep uneven ground, and a slippery stream crossing. We will look for birds along the way. Meet at Bird Central to carpool. Registration required. Group limit: 12
Birding by River Raft 2:30pm-4:30pm $35/$40 Birders 8+ years. Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder / naturalist guides and experience approximately 4 miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes. All trips meet at Bird Fest Central. Group Limit: 5 participants per raft, 2 rafts per trip. Registration required.
Workshop: Owls 3:00pm-4:00pm $5 Owls, mysterious predators of the night, have fascinated human beings for millennia. Myth, superstition, and wonder have fueled peoples’ imaginations since the dawn of human existence. But the science behind these amazing raptors is every bit as compelling as the fear and wonder that has existed between owls and humans. Join Seward Park Audubon’s Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez and he explores fact and fiction behind these incredible birds! WRI Red Barn.
Workshop: Tracking Skills with Adam Martin 4:30pm-5:30pm $5 This workshop will provide participants with some new ways to appreciate the biodiversity around us. The central Cascades are a crossroads for all aspects of Washington’s natural history, and the diversity of weather and topography create one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots in our region. The practice of understanding the tracks and signs of animals is a core joy and skill of natural history, and can bring to life the hidden stories of wildlife all around us. While it is common to think of the tracks and signs in relation to mammals – a bear’s track along a muddy river, or a buck’s antler rub on an alder tree – we can forget to look for the cornucopia of tracks and signs of our avian kin leave behind. Have you ever thought to look for snipe tracks among the reeds or spotted sandpiper tracks along a riverbank? Have you ever been curious where you could find the day roost of a blue grouse, or the excavations of a flicker? This workshop will introduce you to some of the fundamental skills needed to answer these questions and invite participants to expand the possibilities for birding with a new naturalist toolbox. This will consist of an indoor lecture and give participants an introduction to the terminology and principles of wildlife tracking. Adam will lead a tracking field trip on Friday where you can practice your recently learned skills. Please bring a notebook and something to write with. WRI Red Barn
Guide and Volunteer Social 5:00pm-7:00pm FREE We're thankful for our Bird Fest volunteers and guides! This social event is for guides and volunteers ONLY to enjoy the company of other birders. Finger food and beverages provided.
Song Bird Concert with Marlin Handbell Ringers and Friends 7:00pm-8:00pm FREE The Marlin Handbell Ringers and Friends Celebrate Community and Spring in a Bird Fest tradition! Enjoy the talent and artistry of these beloved local performers at Snowy Owl Theater. Come early to browse the Bird Fest Art show! Suggested donation.
Owl Prowl 9:00pm-11:00pm $26/$30 Join us as we search for our resident owls. Your prowl will begin with Seward Park Audubon Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez sharing secrets of these amazing nocturnal predators, their habits, behaviors, and language. We will continue with a night hike deep into the forest where we will call out to find these incredible birds of prey. For ages 10 and up (must have the ability to stand still and be super quiet!) and anyone able to hike up to 2 miles. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Registration required. Group limit: 10

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday Trip/Workshop Name Time Cost Description
Birding by Pontoon Boat 6:00am-9:00am $21/$25 Join Upper Basin Birders Mary and Tim Gallagher and USFS Wildlife Biologist Don Youkey on Fish Lake. Birders 8 years and older are welcome. Fish Lake, a 500-acre lake north of Leavenworth, is ringed by mixed coniferous forest and has a large marsh teeming with wildlife. Perhaps you’ll see Wilson’s phalaropes, common yellowthroats, or a sharp-shinned hawk diving on a flock of violet-green swallows. Bald eagles and osprey will be there too. A pontoon boat is a perfect way to explore! Optional meeting site: The Cove Resort on Fish Lake; please specify when registering. Group limit: 16. Registration required. Thank you to the Cove Resort for providing boats!
Wetland Birds 6:00am-3:00pm $43/$50 Join Upper Basin Birders Heather & Pat Murphy and Jane & John Zanol to monitor wetland bird habitats in the scenic Lake Wenatchee and White River area. Trip includes a Fish Lake pontoon boat survey, lunch at Tall Timber Ranch, and hiking along the White River trails. Expect off-trail travel. Roads are rutted and will need high clearance vehicles. Meet at Bird Fest Central and carpool. Registration required. Group Limit: 16
Feathers and Photos 6:00am-10:00am $20/$23 NCW Audubon board member Joe Veverka will lead this trip to bird wetland, riparian, and open grassland habitats at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. Trip includes a two-mile hike along paved and graveled trails. Bring your camera along if you want some personal guidance about bird photography from Bruce McCammon. Make sure your camera batteries are charged and bring your camera manual along if you can. Be prepared for possible weather conditions. Bring binoculars, a backpack, water, snacks, good footwear, hat and appropriate layered clothing. Meet in Wenatchee at Walla Walla Point Park at the north parking lot by the playground. Registration required. Group Limit: 10
Birding Boot Camp 6:00am-2:00pm $35/$40 Intermediate to Advanced Birders. Join wildlife biologist Janet Millard as she teaches the skills learned when she first started at the USFS monitoring birds. The trip will focus on voice, behavior, appearance and habitat: the 4 principles of bird ID. The objective is to use a holistic approach to enhance your birding skills and enjoyment. Must wear shoes with ankle support and carry appropriate gear including, day pack, water, extra clothes, raingear, and binoculars. Expect off-trail hiking. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Registration required. Group limit: 10
Morning in Cashmere Canyon 6:00am-11:00am $26/$30 Join Neal Hedges and Susan Ballinger of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust on a field trip through fields and forests of a hidden private ranch near Cashmere. Expect to see birds of grassland, shrub-steppe, and forest and spectacular fields of wildflowers. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Meet at Hay Canyon Road in Cashmere. Registration required. Group Limit: 12
Birding by Ear for Beginners 7:00am-9:00am $12/$15 Join Devon Comstock for an introduction to birding by ear. We’ll take an easy stroll from the Wenatchee River Institute along the Wenatchee River to Blackbird Island, listening for birds and learning bird songs using mnemonics. Learn how to discern the different avian species by their songs – a skill to cultivate for a life-long hobby. Registration required. Group Limit: 12
Birding by River Raft 7:30am-9:30am $35/$40 Birders 8+ years. Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder/naturalist guides and experience approximately 4 miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes. All trips meet at Bird Fest Central. Group Limit: 5 participants per raft, 2 rafts per trip. Registration required.
Tracking Birds and Mammals 8:00am-3:00pm $35/$40 This field trip led by Adam Martin will provide participants with some new ways to appreciate the biodiversity around us. The central Cascades are a crossroads for all aspects of Washington’s natural history, and the diversity of weather and topography create one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots in our region. The practice of understanding the tracks and signs of animals is a core joy and skill of natural history, and can bring to life the hidden stories of wildlife all around us. While it is common to think of the tracks and signs in relation to mammals – a bear’s track along a muddy river, or a buck’s antler rub on an alder tree – we can forget to look for the cornucopia of tracks and signs our avian kin leave behind. Have you ever thought to look for snipe tracks among the reeds or spotted sandpiper tracks along a riverbank? Have you ever been curious where you could find the day roost of a blue grouse, or the excavations of a flicker? This field trip will introduce you to some of the fundamental skills needed to answer these questions and invite participants to expand the possibilities for birding with a new naturalist toolbox. We will practice in the surrounding forest outside of Leavenworth looking for the tracks and signs of the local birdlife. While the tracks and signs of birds will be our focus, we will also cover and learn about the tracks and sign of other wildlife we come across. Please bring a sturdy pair of shoes and all the essentials for a day outdoors. A camera, writing utensils and something to write on are also highly encouraged. Our fieldtrip will be a slowly paced walk through the forest and may involve climbing and navigating under and over brush or along riverbanks. Registration required. Group size: 12
Trout Unlimited Habitat Restoration and the Birds 8:30am-2:00pm $26/$30 Join Cody Gillin, project manager for Trout Unlimited, to learn about habitat restoration efforts and a beaver relocation program in North Central Washington. A presentation at the Wenatchee River Institute will be followed by a visit to a field site near Plain. Cody will highlight how Trout Unlimited’s fish and water conservation projects are improving conditions for other wildlife species. We will explore pond, stream, and forest edge habitats. Birds at the field site may include red-winged blackbird, heron, thrushes, bald eagle, osprey, red-breasted nuthatch, downy woodpecker, American dipper, and more. The trip requires a 40 minute one-way drive to the field site and some easy walking through grassy fields and along gravel roads. Meet at Wenatchee River Institute at 8:30 am. We will return no later than 2pm. Please bring food and water. Registration required. Group limit: 15
Bird Friendly Properties Tour 9:00am-12:00pm $17/$20 Birds occur in places that offer what they need to survive and thrive. Homeowners wanting to welcome them to their property can improve their chances by taking advantage of existing bird friendly features and/or creating ones that are needed but not present. We’ll visit 3 properties near Leavenworth that offer excellent examples of landscapes designed with birds in mind. After returning to WRI, participants wanting to learn more about this subject have the option of attending the “Landscaping for Birds and Wildlife” seminar (free for tour participants) at 1:00 pm. Registration required. Group limit: 10
Magnificent Migrations (ADA Accessible) 1:00pm-3:00pm FREE Join hatchery staff in an exploration of a variety of migratory species that play an important role in our area. Delve into the different roles that migration plays in the lives of fish, insects, and birds, and keep an eye out for these migrators as we walk around the hatchery. This ADA-accessible program is located at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery and is great for beginner and casual birders who are interested in all kinds of migratory animals. No need to register.
Workshop: Landscaping for Birds and Wildlife 1:00pm-2:00pm $5 Learn about the key elements that make a landscape hospitable to birds and other wildlife, including pollinators: habitat and shelter, including protection from predators; food sources through the seasons; fresh water; and areas for foraging, socializing, and bathing. The instructor will focus on using native plants to create a new habitat or fine-tune your existing landscape to become a welcoming refuge for wildlife, whether you have a small yard in the city or a large rural property. You’ll also learn why a well-manicured landscape isn’t the best choice for our animal friends. Betsy Dudash is a Purdue-trained Landscape Horticulturist and Designer based in Wenatchee. She also teaches “Introduction to Landscape Design for Homeowners” as part of Wenatchee Valley College’s Continuing Education Program. WRI River Haus Bird Fest Room.
Workshop: Biology and Ecology of Bats 2:00pm-3:00pm $5 Washington is fortunate to have a very diverse landscape that results in a diverse assemblage of bat species. It is also fortunate to have a number of educational institutions/agencies with many biologists producing studies on bats resulting in publications like the Washington State Bat Conservation Plan. Take a brief break from celebrating birds and pay homage to bats. We’ll dispel rumors, learn about the general biology and ecology of these fascinating mammals, and talk about current threats to their existence. Mr. John Timpone is a Wildlife Biologist, specializing in bats, with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of different animal and plant taxa. He is experienced in many ecological field techniques, including mist netting, cave, portal, and bridge surveys, as well as acoustic monitoring and analysis. John has authored and co-authored technical reports and peer-reviewed articles for professional journals such as American Midland Naturalist, Northeastern Naturalist, Southeastern Naturalist, Bat Research News, and Journal of Wildlife Diseases, among others. He currently serves as a Wildlife Biologist for HDR Inc. based out of Wenatchee, but performing field work all over the U.S. WRI River Haus Bird Fest Room.
Birding by River Raft 2:30pm-4:30pm $35/$40 Birders 8+ years. Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder/naturalist guides and experience approximately 4 miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes. All trips meet at Bird Fest Central. Group Limit: 5 participants per raft, 2 rafts per trip. Registration required.
Workshop: Corvids 3:00pm-4:00pm $5 Our earliest human ancestors shared their lives with crows, ravens, jays and magpies otherwise known as Corvids. These birds have intrigued people around the world for thousands of years. From the Scandinavians to the Haida and even famous poets like Edgar Allan Poe, Corvids have inspired people with their intelligence and beauty. Join Seward Park Audubon Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez as he shares details of these most intelligent and interesting of birds. . . the Corvids! WRI River Haus Bird Fest Room.
Birders' BBQ, Live Music, and Trivia 5:00pm-7:00pm $21 A Bird Fest Tradition! Join us at Red Tail Canyon Farm for delicious BBQ fare including BBQ chicken, salads, and Marianne’s homemade pies! Dinner is served outside in breathtaking Leavenworth scenery. Unwind and enjoy live music and brag about your birds! After dinner, those who are interested are invited to join in birding trivia. BBQ registration required. Group Limit 100. Vegetarian? Please email birdfestinfo@wenatcheeriverinstitute.org.
Owl Prowl 9:00pm-11:00pm $26/$30 Join us as we search for our resident owls. Your prowl will begin with Seward Park Audubon Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez sharing secrets of these amazing nocturnal predators, their habits, behaviors, and language. We will continue with a night hike deep into the forest where we will call out to find these incredible birds of prey. For ages 10 and up (must have the ability to stand still and be super quiet!) and anyone able to hike up to 2 miles. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Registration required. Group limit: 10

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday Trips/Workshops Time Cost Description
Big Bend Wildlife Area 6:00am-4:00pm $55/$65 Join Devon Comstock (WDFW Wildlife Biologist) and Joe Veverka as we explore WDFW’s Big Bend Wildlife Area in northern Douglas County. This 20,000-acre wildlife area is the latest addition to the public lands in Douglas County. As we explore Rock Lake and School Creek, we’ll cover grassland, conifer, mixed aspen forests, wetlands and pothole lakes, with an opportunity for a variety of waterfowl, including ruddy ducks, and passerines, including grasshopper sparrows, Bewick’s wrens, and Lewis’s woodpeckers. Note: This trip includes a 2 hour one-way drive to reach Big Bend. Some easy walking required. A van will be provided. We plan to be back at the Park & Ride by 4:00 p.m. Meet at the E. Penny Road Park & Ride near the Comfort Suites by 5:45 AM. Registration required. Group Limit: 12
Palisades, Ephrata, Potholes Reservoir, and more 6:00am-3:00pm $43/$50 Join Matt Yawney for a trip focusing on breeding birds of the Columbia Basin. We will start with a drive through canyon country (Palisade's Area) and up into some sagebrush habitats. Then down to Ephrata where will do a short check of the local parks for migrating songbirds. We'll then pass through some farmland and check for curlew, burrowing owl, and barn owl. Then visit the potholes area for some nice looks at nesting egrets, herons, and cormorants. When searching for the egrets we'll be doing some walking in small sand dunes and there may be mosquitoes. We'll also try to fit some shorebird stops in too, but shorebird migration is pretty light in May. There will be a little walking but I'll try to keep it pretty easy. Leave WRI in Leavenworth at 6:00 am. Registration required.
Birding by River Raft 7:00am-9:00am $35/$40 Birders 8+ years. Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder / naturalist guides and experience approximately 4 miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes. All trips meet at Bird Fest Central. Group Limit: 5 participants per raft, 2 rafts per trip. Registration required.
Birds & Wine Leavenworth 7:00am-2:00pm $40/$46 Join NCW Audubon members Richard Scranton and Mark Johnston for a morning of birds near Leavenworth. We’ll visit a variety of habitats before finishing at a local winery to relax and share thoughts on the morning’s experiences (1 glass of wine or another beverage per person included). Bring snacks, liquids, and dress for the weather. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Registration required. Group limit: 10.
Birding by Large Canoe 7:00am-11:00am $22/$25 Birders 8+ years. Experience birding from a 29’ Langley canoe in and around the waters at the Confluence of the Wenatchee River and the Columbia River. The canoe will be managed by experienced people from the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club while you help out with the paddling. A brief lesson and orientation will be provided prior to departure. No experience as a paddler is necessary. Be prepared for possible weather to maintain your own comfort. The Paddle Club provides life vests and paddles, but if you have some of your own you prefer to use, you are welcome to bring them. Bring binoculars, hat and appropriate layered clothing. Meet at the Confluence State Park near the boat launch. Registration required. Group limit:10
Wandering for Woodpeckers 7:30am-9:00am $5 Go on a birding adventure at one of the area’s best birding habitats - the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery right along the beautiful Icicle Creek! Join USFWS fish culturist Daniel Bressman on this beginner friendly walk. Plenty of diverse habitat with a special focus on White-headed woodpeckers! Meet at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club parking area, 7505 Cyo Rd, Leavenworth. Registration required. Group limit: 8
Birding the Americas (Bilingual/ Evento bilingüe) 8:00am-12:00pm $12/$15 Join Team Naturaleza’s Elisa Lopez, Wildlife Biologist Heather Murphy, and Wenatchee Naturalist Susan Ballinger for a trek in the Icicle Creek valley exploring streamside habitats. looking for neotropical migratory birds. Learn the language of birds that migrate from Mexico, Central America, and South America to North America. This field trip is an excellent companion to Ballinger’s Saturday 2-3 p.m. Hummingbird Highway workshop. Must wear and carry appropriate gear: shoes or boots for off-trail walking in wet vegetation, day pack, water, extra clothes, hat, and raingear if poor weather. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Registration required. Group limit: 24
Magnificent Migrations (ADA Accessible) 8:00am-10:00am FREE Join hatchery staff in an exploration of a variety of migratory species that play an important role in our area. Delve into the different roles that migration plays in the lives of fish, insects, and birds, and keep an eye out for these migrators as we walk around the hatchery. This ADA-accessible program is located at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery and is great for beginner and casual birders who are interested in all kinds of migratory animals. No need to register.
The Nature Conservancy Bird Challenge at Moses Coulee 8:00am-12:00pm FREE The Nature Conservancy Bird Challenge is friendly competition held across North America on TNC lands. The goal is to count as many species of birds as possible in one day.You’ll have an opportunity to visit our Moses Coulee preserve and be accompanied by a knowledgeable staff or volunteer. Birders of all levels are encouraged to participate in this special event! TO REGISTER: see bottom of page
Family Bird Walk at Blackbird Island 10:00am-12:00pm FREE Enjoy this family-oriented guided bird walk on Leavenworth’s Blackbird Island. River and forest birds are aplenty with the occasional wildlife viewing of raccoons, Mule deer and river otters. Join us for this leisurely paced 2-mile loop to see and hear our local birds. No registration required.
Wildflower Walk on Ski Hill 12:00pm-3:00pm $5 Spend an afternoon walking the trails surrounding the historic Leavenworth Ski Hill. Discover the amazing diversity of flora and fauna found in an area of our State located between our wetter western and dryer eastern environments. Guides will focus on native plants with plant lists and instructional material available. Destinations will depend on weather and trail conditions. We'll review a little history about the CCC era lodge and the early internationally acclaimed ski jumps (1929 - 1974) held on Bakke Hill. We'll stop by the outdoor venue for the Leavenworth Summer Theater's production of Sound of Music. Meet at the Ski Hill parking lot at 11:45 pm for a walk of approximately 3 hours. Water bottles and layers suggested. Registration required.
Workshop: Pheasants Forever in Central Washington 12:00pm-1:00pm $5 Join Michael Brown of Pheasants Forever to learn what Pheasants Forever is doing for birds in Central Washington. With recent insights into the decline of bird population across the country, conservation is more critical than ever. Come here about how Pheasants Forever is working with local landowners and local communities to implement conservation that sustains working landscapes for people and wildlife. These efforts have not only increased bird population across the county but have helped build resistant and resilient landscape. WRI River Haus Bird Fest Room.
Magnificent Migrations (ADA Accessible) 1:00pm-3:00pm FREE Join hatchery staff in an exploration of a variety of migratory species that play an important role in our area. Delve into the different roles that migration plays in the lives of fish, insects, and birds, and keep an eye out for these migrators as we walk around the hatchery. This ADA-accessible program is located at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery and is great for beginner and casual birders who are interested in all kinds of migratory animals. No need to register.
Workshop: Bird Photography 1:00pm-2:00pm $5 Learn how to take better bird pictures. Enjoy birding but wish you could capture the intricate beautiful subjects you see? This workshop aims to help you do just that. The workshop will review types of cameras and lenses for bird photography, best camera settings for different situations including the 'Why's' of such advice. The program will then examine a variety of bird photos and describe how Peter got the shot. Peter Bauer is a lifelong avid photographer concentrating on bird photography since 2013. He has displayed at Confluence Gallery in Twisp and Winthrop Gallery in Winthrop as well as numerous cafes. His photographs have won or placed in a number of regional contests and been published in Foothills Magazine. Peter's bird photography blog documenting his pursuit of beautiful birds around the world can be found at pbauwa.wordpress.com. WRI Red Barn.
Workshop: Stops Along the Hummingbird Highway 2:00pm-3:00pm $5 Come Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and learn about our hemisphere's Mexico-U.S.-Canada "Hummingbird Highway." CDLT biologist Susan Ballinger recently attended the Western Hummingbird Network tri-national training held in pine/oak cloud forest at the Sierra de Manantlan UNESCO Bioreserve in Jalisco, Mexico. She will share connections between our habitat and that of the Bioreserve, as well as cultural and climate impact on the viability of hummingbird species. Max. 80 persons. WRI Red Barn.
Birding by River Raft 2:30pm-4:30pm $35/$40 Birders 8+ years. Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder / naturalist guides and experience approximately 4 miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes. All trips meet at Bird Fest Central. Group Limit: 5 participants per raft, 2 rafts per trip. Registration required.
Drawing Live Birds 3:00pm-5:00pm $30/$35 Meet at Bird Fest Central. Join Wildlife Biologist and Nature Artist Heather Murphy for two hours of tips while we sketch live birds as we view the education-falcons who will be visiting Bird Fest. A short walk will take the group to the falconry site. Bring sketchbook, pen, pencil, or other art supplies. Falconer Brad Felger provides the falcons. Registration required. Group limit: 18
Workshop: Woodpeckers 3:00pm-4:00pm $5 Washington state is home to eleven species of woodpeckers! Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist at the Seward Park Audubon Environmental Center, will show how to spot differences between species, explore the unique adaptations that allows them to make their living banging their heads against trees, and learn about the important niche they fill in our ecosystem! WRI River Haus Bird Fest Room.
Workshop: Sagebrush Ecology 4:00pm-5:00pm $5 Join Dr. Dan Stephens for a Sagebrush Ecology Workshop. He will discuss the importance of the Sagebrush habitat and talk in detail about the different birds dependent upon this habitat. This is a great primer for his Sunday field trip “Birding in the Coulee.” WRI Red Barn.
Wandering for Woodpeckers 5:00pm-6:30pm $5 Go on a birding adventure at one of the area’s best birding habitats - the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery right along the beautiful Icicle Creek! Join USFWS fish culturist Daniel Bressman on this beginner friendly walk. Plenty of diverse habitat with a special focus on White-headed woodpeckers! Meet at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club parking area, 7505 Cyo Rd, Leavenworth. Registration required. Group limit: 8
Workshop: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Coastal Plain - A Visual Conversation 5:00pm-6:30pm $5 Join North Central Washington Audubon members, Tim and Mary Gallagher, Mark Oswood, and Susan Ballinger as they share stories, hands-on displays, and photographs of land, water, caribou, grizzly bears, birds, and plants from their adventures to the remote reaches of the coastal plain and Beaufort Sea of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Come see for yourself how irreplaceable this far corner of our country is and join in a conversation regarding YOUR role in protecting the Refuge, especially through advocacy lead by the Alaska Wilderness League. Sponsored by North Central Washington Audubon Society, dedicated to furthering the knowledge and the conservation of the environment of North Central Washington, our Nation, and the World. WRI River Haus - Bird Fest Room.
Keynote: The Wonderful Adaptations of Birds 7:00pm-8:30pm $10/$12 We all admire birds because they are colorful and active, they can fly (envy as well as admiration!), and we see them around us all the time, unlike many other kinds of animals. But have you thought about all the different ways they can be birds? They live in almost all of Earth's habitats. Their feeding habits are infinitely variable. The same is true of their breeding habits, although every one of them indeed lays eggs. And the ways they get around on land, sea and air are as varied as the birds themselves. Dennis Paulson is excited about showing you some of these different ways of life and the adaptations that make them possible. At Wenatchee River Institute: Red Barn.
Owl Prowl 9:00pm-11:00pm $26/$30 Join us as we search for our resident owls. Your prowl will begin with Seward Park Audubon Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez sharing secrets of these amazing nocturnal predators, their habits, behaviors, and language. We will continue with a night hike deep into the forest where we will call out to find these incredible birds of prey. For ages 10 and up (must have the ability to stand still and be super quiet!) and anyone able to hike up to 2 miles. Registration required. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Group limit: 10

Saturday at Bird Fest Central

National Audubon Society Exhibit 

North Central WA Audubon Society photo contest winners display

Family Discovery Day (10:00am-2:00pm)

Yard Sale


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Trip/Workshop Name Time Cost Description
Birding in the Coulee 6:00am-4:00pm $60/$70 This birder’s marathon highlights some of the best birding sites in Douglas County, including the Palisades, Sagebrush Flats, Jameson Lake, and Douglas Creek. Look for shrub-steppe species with local ornithologist Dr. Dan Stephens. This field trip finds the highest number of bird species! Bring the essentials and either a sack lunch or cash only for a lunch stop. Meet at Bird Fest Central, transportation provided. Registration required. Group limit: 13
Morning in Cashmere Canyon 6:00am-11:00am $26/$30 Join Neal Hedges and Susan Ballinger of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust on a field trip through fields and forests of a hidden private ranch near Cashmere. Expect to see birds of grassland, shrub-steppe, and forest and spectacular fields of wildflowers. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Meet at Hay Canyon Road in Cashmere. Registration required. Group Limit: 12
Birding Beebe Springs 6:30am-12:00pm $20/$23 Beebe Springs Natural Area is a former orchard, restored by WDFW to native riparian woodlands, along with some sagebrush steppe. We will bird an easy 2 mile gravel trail along the Columbia River and some inland channels, and cross Beebee Creek and a beaver pond. Expected sightings include Western Tanager, Bullock’s Oriole, Warblers, Sandpipers, Swallows, Raptors, and possible Wood Duck, Virginia Rail, and Canyon or Rock Wren. We will leave from WRI at 6:30, and return by 12:00 noon. This includes a one hour drive to and from Chelan. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Group limit: 8. Registration required.
Blewett Pass with a Focus on Birding by Ear 7:00am-1:00pm $26/$30 Join NCW Audubon members Mark Johnston and Richard Scranton as we explore Blewett Pass habitats hosting a wide variety of birds. Our primary focus will be on birding by ear, though we’ll view as many species as possible. Bring snacks, liquids, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Park & Ride at the intersection of Highways 2 and 97 (The Big Y). Registration required. Group limit: 10
Wandering for Woodpeckers 7:30am-9:00am $5 Go on a birding adventure at one of the area’s best birding habitats - the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery right along the beautiful Icicle Creek! Join USFWS fish culturist Daniel Bressman on this beginner friendly walk. Plenty of diverse habitat with a special focus on White-headed woodpeckers! Meet at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club parking area, 7505 Cyo Rd, Leavenworth. Registration required. Group limit: 8
Birding by River Raft 7:30am-9:30am $35/$40 Birders 8+ years. Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder / naturalist guides and experience approximately 4 miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. Consider bringing an extra pair of shoes. All trips meet at Bird Fest Central. Group Limit: 5 participants per raft, 2 rafts per trip.
Discovering Douglas Creek 8:00am-2:00pm $12/$15 Go on a journey back in time on this family-friendly, bilingual adventure in the desert oasis of Douglas Creek. Join Upper Basin Birder & biologist Heather Murphy and Diane Priebe of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as we hike along the old Mansfield Line railroad grade through Douglas Creek canyon. The Great Northern built this 60 mile railroad to haul wheat from Mansfield to Wenatchee, as well as moving passengers and mail to the settlers along Douglas Creek. The railroad was abandoned and salvaged in 1985, and the railbed has been used as a non-motorized trail since then to access the remote area between Slack Canyon and Alstown in north central Washington. Explore the riparian ribbon that is Douglas Creek as it unwinds through dry coulee country in this 29,000-acre area managed by the BLM. Come explore with us as we discuss trains, migratory birds, shrub-steppe and riparian ecology and Leave No Trace principles. Please wear shoes with ankle support, sunscreen and carry appropriate gear, including day pack, water & lunch, extra clothes, raingear and binoculars. Note that the trip includes a one hour (one-way) drive from Wenatchee to reach Douglas Creek. The trail is flat, but rocky and may include some creek crossings. We will travel approximately 4 miles, but hike distance can be adjusted according to group interest. BLM can transport up to 6 people, and carpooling is encouraged. Meet at BLM office 915 Walla Walla, Wenatchee at 8:00 am. We will return by 2pm. Registration required. Limit 15.
Birds of Farm, Fields, and Woods 8:00am-11:00am $18/$21 Sunitsch Canyon is a hidden gem, only 5 miles from Leavenworth. Join Andrew Holm and Willy Stockman of Tierra Learning Center in search of a variety of birds in the diverse habitats this special and beautiful location has to offer. Bring sturdy shoes, binoculars, jacket, rain gear, and water. Carpool from Bird Fest Central. Registration required. Group Limit: 12
Neighborhood Birding 8:00am-11:00am $18/$21 The Leavenworth neighborhood habitat is one of the best local places to see many of the birds on your checklist. White-headed Woodpeckers climb our telephone poles, Great Horned owlets squawk above our roofs, Flycatchers bathe in our baths, and warblers cruise our shrubs. Join us on this walking bird tour as we listen and seek our neighborhood friends. Registration required. Group limit: 15
Birding Number 2 Canyon 8:00am-12:00pm $20/$23 Join NCWAS and UBB birders John and Jane Zanol for a trip up Number 2 Canyon in Wenatchee. There are a variety of habitats up the Canyon road, including riparian, rock formations, and shrub-steppe. You may see neotropical migrants such as the Lazuli Bunting, Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-Breasted Chat. Last year’s trip saw Golden Eagles and nesting Bullock’s Orioles. Meet to carpool at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Number 2 Canyon Road at 8 a.m. Minimal walking required as we will drive to several stops to bird. Registration required. Group limit: 12.
Geologic Field Trip 9:00am-1:00pm $17/$20 Come join geologist Brent Cunderla and Upper Basin Birder Jeff Hambleton to learn about the three main rock types (sedimentary, igneous & metamorphic) all of which occur with the vicinity of Leavenworth, Washington. Find out how these rock types formed and the geologic history of this this area. Learn about plate tectonics, exotic terranes, faulting and folding and how these played a major role in the geology we see today. Also learn about the glaciation of the Icicle Gorge and what some of the landforms that were left by the glaciers. Meet at Bird Fest Central to carpool. Group limit 25
Leavenworth Bike-N-Bird 9:00am-12:00pm $10/$12 Led by Vicky Cibiki. We’ll be leaving from Bird Fest Headquarters, then traveling south on East Leavenworth Rd., with our first stop at the public boat launch. Then we’ll head to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery and bike over the spillway into the back meadow to bird along Icicle Creek. We’ll then head north on Icicle Creek Rd. with stops along the way. We’ll make it back to HQ via Enchantment Park and Blackbird Island. Requirements: must be able to travel by yourself ~10 mph, no trailers, fat tires recommended as the back meadow is sandy. No children allowed as we will be traveling on heavily used roads and cyclists need to follow and know the rules of the road. Helmets, water, tire patch kit, high visibility vest is required. This is not a supported ride. Wear sunscreen, dress for the weather conditions and don’t forget your binoculars!
Sip & Paint 1:00pm-3:00pm $30 In honor of Spring Birdfest - Paint your own acrylic Goldfinch on an 11 x 14” canvas! Step by Step guided painting, all supplies included. We will bring all the colors of the rainbow incase you want other color choices to paint with too! Aprons will be provided but clothing appropriate for painting is recommended. Wine will available for purchase. TO REGISTER: see bottom on web page

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REGISTER: Sip & Paint (Sunday 1:00pm-3:00pm)


Refund and Cancellation Policy

If a registration is cancelled 30 days out, you will receive an 80 percent refund; less than 30 days out, a 50 percent refund; and less than two weeks out, no refund will be given. If we are able to fill your space with someone from the waitlist, or if you know someone who would like to take your place, you will receive a full refund minus a 10 percent processing fee.

Although we rarely need to do so, we reserve the right to cancel a program. In this case you will receive a full refund.

Membership fees are non-refundable.

As a non-profit organization, event registrations are incredibly important to us. We strive the keep the cost of Bird Fest and other WRI programming low. In the event that you are unable to attend, we hope you will consider donating your registration fees to support Wenatchee River Institute programs.

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