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Bird Fest

Bird Fest Schedule 2024

*NOTE: THE 2024 SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 

For over 20 years, the Wenatchee River Institute and community partners have been bringing the public together to celebrate the Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival. We are excited to welcome you back to North Central Washington for Bird Fest 2024!

So here’s what you need to know:

Bird Fest will be held May 16-19, 2024. Pre-festival trips will run May 13-15.
Registration will open Tuesday, March 26th at 5:30pm.

Registration is required for most trips and workshops. Click on the trip and workshop titles to learn more.

Any questions can be directed to programs@wenatcheeriverinstitute.org

Please remember, the schedule posted is a living document and may be updated as the event approaches.

Click Here to Register!


^Denotes a trip that is more physically accessible than others. These trips and events have lower physical activity requirements, and might be suitable for those with mobility issues or people who want less-strenuous activities. Please read the trip description for more details and reach out to us via phone or email if you'd like to know more about accessibility of any of our trips.

*Denotes a trip that is more physically difficult than others. This could be due to the walking mileage, elevation gain, trip length, or a combination of factors. Please read the description and reach out if you need any clarification. Difficulty references physical activity of the trip - birders of all birding skill levels are welcome on any Bird Fest trip. 


Pre-Festival Trips

These Pre-Festival Trips are ideal for beginning birders, locals, and anyone coming town early for the festival. Loaner binoculars will be available for these trips. All Pre-Festival Trips are free! Some require registration. Please read individual trip descriptions to learn about each trip's registration requirements.

  • Birding Ohme Gardens

    Monday, May 13
    6:00pm-7:30pm | Free, but registration is required.

    We'll explore the Ohme Gardens conifer forest paths, looking for birds. This 9-acre oasis perches on a rocky bluff above the Wenatchee and Columbia Confluence, with a sweeping view of the valley. We'll likely see swallows, swifts, songbirds, and raptors. This trip is especially designed for new birders of all ages, offers loaner binoculars, and is free. Wear good walking shoes.

    To register, email: info@ohmegardens.org

    Meeting location: Ohme Gardens, 3327 Ohme Road, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Karen Haire and an Ohme Gardens docent.
    Trail: 1-mile dirt and grass paths, some uneven ground and minimal elevation gain.
    Capacity: 16 people

  • Birding at Waterfront Park

    Tuesday, May 14
    7:30am-9:30am | Free, no registration required.

    Birding is fun – see what the excitement is about! Waterfront Park and Blackbird Island are great for birders of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Binoculars provided if needed, all ages welcome.  

    Meeting location: WRI's Outdoor Classroom, 347 Division St. Leavenworth, WA 98826.
    Leader: Karen Haire
    Trail: Expect to walk up to 2 miles on a mostly flat gravel path.

     

  • Birding Ohme Gardens

    Tuesday, May 14
    6:00pm-7:30pm | Free, but registration is required.

    We'll explore the Ohme Gardens conifer forest paths, looking for birds. This 9-acre oasis perches on a rocky bluff above the Wenatchee and Columbia Confluence, with a sweeping view of the valley. We'll likely see swallows, swifts, songbirds, and raptors. This trip is especially designed for new birders of all ages, offers loaner binoculars, and is free. Wear good walking shoes.

    To register, email: info@ohmegardens.org

    Meeting location: Ohme Gardens, 3327 Ohme Road, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Wendy Sharp, Elisa Lopez, and an Ohme Gardens docent.
    Trail: 1-mile dirt and grass paths, some uneven ground and minimal elevation gain.
    Capacity: 16 people

     

  • Birding at Waterfront Park

    Wednesday, May 15
    7:30am-9:30am | Free, no registration required.

    Birding is fun – see what the excitement is about! Waterfront Park and Blackbird Island are great for birders of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Binoculars provided if needed, all ages welcome.  

    Meeting location: WRI's Outdoor Classroom, 347 Division St. Leavenworth, WA 98826.
    Leader: Karen Haire
    Trail: Expect to walk up to 2 miles on a mostly flat gravel path.


Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Self-Guided Bird Walk^

    Thursday, May 16
    All day | Free, no registration required.

    Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has over five miles of flat, easy trails that pass through a variety of pine forest, open meadow, and streamside habitats that are home to many exciting birds! Stop by the Visitor Center office in the main hatchery building (12790 Fish Hatchery Rd.) and pick up your trail map and bird list to start you self-guided bird walk. Benches along the trail offer excellent bird viewing (especially in the morning hours) and make this a great activity for families or birders who appreciate resting spots along the way. Registration is not required for this self-led walk.

    Location: 12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Trail: Some uneven ground with minimal elevation gain. 

  • Birding Number 2 Canyon

    Thursday, May 16
    6:30am-11:00am | $45

    There are a variety of habitats up Number 2 Canyon road: riparian, shrub-steppe, rocky formations, and more. We'll drive to several stops along the way to get out of the car and bird. We'll keep our eyes and ears out for many neotropical migrants, including Lazuli Bunting and Yellow-breasted Chat. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Intersection of Skyline Drive and Number 2 Canyon Road in Wenatchee
    Leaders: Heather Moravec, Elisa Lopez
    Trail: Minimal walking along the roadside, driving to several stops
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Thursday Morning Hike

    Thursday, May 16
    7:30am-11:30am | $20

    Kick off Bird Fest weekend with a morning hike! We'll head up the Tower Rd in Nahahum Canyon just outside of Cashmere. There will be some great wildflowers and plenty of birds through Ponderosa pine hillside habitat. This is a great area to look for Lewis's Woodpeckers and Golden Eagles! Bring sturdy shoes, water, snacks, and binoculars. 

    Meeting Location: Riverside Park, 201 Riverside Dr, Cashmere, WA 98815. East parking lot near the skatepark. 
    Leaders: Karen Haire and Tucker Jonas
    Trail: Hiking about 4 miles roundtrip up old dirt road and dirt path. Moderate elevation gain of ~1000 ft. Could be muddy. 
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Art & Poetry in the Wild*

    Thursday, May 16
    9:00am-4:00pm | $55

    As you hike in nature's beauty, record your observations in writing and drawings. Song birds and wildflowers will pique our interest as we hike above Leavenworth. Led by professional author, poet, birder Derek Sheffield and professional nature journal artist, wildlife biologist Heather Murphy. The trip is designed like Heather's popular Hike and Draw course with the addition of nature's words and writing. Please bring your own art supplies, journals and day packs. Sack lunch provided from Dan's Food Market. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Heather Murphy and Derek Sheffield
    Trail: Hiking along forest trails with uneven terrain and moderate elevation gain. Expect to hike 4-6 miles throughout the day. 
    Capacity: 16 people

  • Junior Birders

    Thursday, May 16
    9:00am-10:00am | Free, no registration required. 

    It’s never too early to discover the wonderful world of birds! Join staff at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery for a birding adventure as we spot different birds around the hatchery grounds. Lifelike bird models make good practice subjects and we will certainly spot some live birds too. Kids binoculars and monoculars provided. This is a family-friendly, stroller-accessible program designed for ages 3-6, but birders of all ages will have a great time!

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery,12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Leaders: LNFH staff
    Trail: Mostly paved area, flat. Walking <0.5 miles. 

     

  • Methow Park Bird Scavenger Hunt^

    Thursday, May 16
    5:30pm-7:00pm | Free, no registration required

    Join Team Naturaleza's Monica Valle and Susan Ballinger for a bilingual scavenger hunt of the bird images in the park. There are beautiful bird murals painted all around, and we'll try to find them all -  plus we might even see some of the birds in real life. There will be loaner binoculars to borrow, and a special raffle will be held for a free pair of binoculars to keep! Drop in any time between 5:30pm-7:00pm. All ages are welcome. This event is bilingual in English and Spanish. 

    Meeting Location: Methow Park, 420 Methow St., Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Susan Ballinger and Monica Valle
    Trail: City park with paved walkways and handrails. Total distance around 0.25 miles. 

  • A Bird in Hand, A Farm in the Other

    Thursday, May 16
    5:30pm-8:30pm | $15

    The quaint city of Cashmere, Washington is situated between Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Cashmere is rich in fruit trees, produce and flower farms, and two tributaries of the Wenatchee River flow past many of these agriculture lands. The tour will begin at a large pear and apple orchard, A&T Orchards, to discover how birds and pollinators play a role in orchard management. Next, we will learn about Campo Farm and Kitchen’s organic pest management practices with the perspective of "working with" instead of "doing to" nature. Last, the tour will explore one of Cascadia Conservation District’s dynamic restoration sites along Brender Creek. We hope to witness a diversity of birds coming to roost for the evening in the tall trees. Don't forget your binoculars. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Martin's Market Place, 130 Titchenal Rd, Cashmere, WA 98815
    Leaders: Angie Orpet of the Xerces Society, and Liz Jackson of Cascadia Conservation District
    Trail: Optional walking, up to 1.5 miles throughout the trip. 150ft elevation gain at the first site. Minimal elevation gain at other sites. Surfaces are gravel roads, grass, and dirt paths. 
    Food: Pizza (cheese + pepperoni) provided. Please bring snacks and water. 
    Capacity: 25 people
     

  • Bird Fest Trivia

    Thursday, May 16
    6:00pm-8:00pm

    Stay tuned for details on a fun evening of bird-themed trivia to kick off Bird Fest weekend!


Friday, May 17, 2024

  • Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Self-Guided Bird Walk^

    Friday, May 17
    All day | Free, no registration required.

    Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has over five miles of flat, easy trails that pass through a variety of pine forest, open meadow, and streamside habitats that are home to many exciting birds! Stop by the Visitor Center office in the main hatchery building (12790 Fish Hatchery Rd.) and pick up your trail map and bird list to start you self-guided bird walk. Benches along the trail offer excellent bird viewing (especially in the morning hours) and make this a great activity for families or birders who appreciate resting spots along the way. Registration is not required for this self-led walk.

    Location: 12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Trail: Some uneven ground with minimal elevation gain. 

  • Habitat Hiking*

    Friday, May 17
    6:00am-4:00pm | $75

    Join retired USFS wildlife biologist & wilderness manager Heather Murphy to travel on "birdy" portions of three to five trails up the White River. We'll walk into an active wetlands pond at earliest light with swifts and flycatchers. Next, we will hike into an ecologically advanced wetlands looking for warblers. We will walk the deciduous woodlands at Tall Timber Ranch, who will provide us with lunch. The afternoon will include two old growth forest trails. Our walking will total about 7 miles (covering portions of 3 to 5 trails), through some steep difficult terrain. Wear adequate hiking boots, day pack, layers for weather changes, water bottles and snacks. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Heather Murphy and Sarah Smith
    Trail: Hiking 7 miles, some steep difficult terrain.
    Capacity: 10 people

     

  • Birding Boot Camp*

    Friday, May 17
    6:00am-2:00pm | Free, but registration is required.

    This trip is intended for intermediate to advanced birders. Join wildlife biologist Janet Millard as she teaches the skills learned when she first started monitoring birds with the USFS. The trip to National Forest land 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. Shoes with ankle support are recommended and appropriate gear including a day pack with lunch & water, layers for changing temperatures, raingear, and binoculars. Expect off-trail hiking on occasionally steep & uneven terrain. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leader: Janet Millard
    Trail: Hiking about 6 miles, some steep difficult terrain.
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Morning in Shrub-steppe, Riparian, and Pine Forest Habitats

    Friday, May 17
    6:00am-12:00pm | $65

    Explore riparian, sagebrush-steppe and dry ponderosa pine habitats on Badger Mountain. This trip will be shorter than the full Badger Mountain trip of past years (and Saturday's trip), and we'll visit two sites that offer an extraordinary mix of species. Expect to walk approximately 2 miles over uneven terrain. 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 and carpool from Olds Station Park and Ride on E. Penny Road in Wenatchee.

    Meeting location: Olds Station Park & Ride, Penny Rd, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leader: Richard Scranton and Mark Johnston
    Trail: Total walking distance about 2 miles, uneven terrain, minimal elevation gain
    Capacity: 10 people

  • Riparian Repair in the Entiat Watershed

    Friday, May 17
    7:00am-1:00pm | $45

    Explore the Entiat watershed's bird habitats, including recently restored riverside forests and shrubby creeks. Cascadia Conservation District’s Mark Ingman will showcase recently installed beaver-like structures (BDAs, PALs) at two tributaries. We’ll walk off-trail a short distance at Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Stormy Creek Preserve where over 60 species of birds use the riverside habitat during May. We hope to see resident American dipper, belted kingfisher, common merganser, and dozens of just-arrived migrant songbirds. We will then drive a few miles on a dirt USFS road to explore Potato Creek, which experienced the 2018 Cougar Creek Fire. The mid-to-high severity fire left behind a charred landscape, but also many snags for bird habitat. Now five years later, through a large investment from area restoration partners, Potato Creek is vibrant and green—replete with birds, wildlife, and even more water! Come learn more about how beaver dams are accelerating the rate of post-fire recovery. Wear sturdy shoes for walking on uneven ground, bring layers of clothing, sun protection, snacks, lunch, and water. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Olds Station Park & Ride, Penny Rd, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Susan Ballinger and Mark Ingman
    Trail: Total walking distance about 2 miles on uneven ground, some dirt and gravel paths.
    Capacity: 14 people

     

     

  • Birding the Nason Ridge Community Forest*

    Friday, May 17
    7:00am-1:00pm | $40

    Join NCW Audubon member Mary Gallagher to bird and learn about Nason Ridge Community Forest. We’ll hike through the forest and bird around the area, then enjoy brunch (provided) at a home on site. You'll learn about how the Community Forest came to be, details of management discussions now underway, NCW Audubon’s bird surveys there, and more. Bring snacks, water, good footwear, and dress for the weather. 

    Meeting Location: Kahler Glen Community near Lake Wenatchee (exact location will be sent to registrants)
    Leader: Mary Gallagher
    Trail: Expect to hike 6-7 miles over uneven ground with moderate elevation gain. 
    Capacity: 6 people

  • Birding Beebe Springs

    Friday, May 17
    7:00am-11:00am | $40

    Join WDFW biologists, Emily Jeffreys and Johnna Eilers, to explore Beebe Springs Wildlife Area. It is a former orchard undergoing restoration by WDFW to native riparian woodlands and shrub-steppe. We will bird a mellow 2-mile gravel trail along the Columbia River and some inland channels, and cross Beebe Creek near a beaver pond. Expected sightings include recently-arrived migrants like warblers, swallows, Lazuli Bunting and Bullock's Oriole, and we'll keep our eyes out for raptors that soar the cliffs above the Columbia. Meet your leaders there at 7:00am, it's a 45-minute drive from Wenatchee. 

    Meeting Location: Beebe Springs Wildlife Area parking lot, Highway 97 just north of Beebe Bridge
    Leaders: Emily Jeffreys and Johnna Eilers
    Trail: 2-miles over level, gravel trails
    Capacity: 16 people

  • Burch Mountain Bird Adventure

    Friday, May 17
    7:00am-11:00am | $45

    Imagine yourself high above Wenatchee in a ponderosa pine forest. You walk 3 miles of undulating dirt and gravel roads and trails to see woodpeckers, warblers, raptors and flycatchers. There will be views of wildflower-dotted mountainsides looking into Swakane Canyon, and possible sightings of big horned sheep. Expect some uneven, muddy trails and wear hiking footwear. Meet at the Easy Street Park and Ride in Wenatchee to carpool up the mountain.

    Meeting Location: Easy Street Park and Ride, 101 Easy St, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Jane Zanol and John Zanol
    Trail: 3 miles on dirt and gravel, broken up between car rides to overlook destination with 300 feet total elevation gain.
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Birding by Pontoon Boat I^

    Friday, May 17
    7:00am-9:00am | $55

    Fish Lake, a spring-fed, 500-acre lake northwest of Leavenworth, is ringed by mixed coniferous forest and has a large marsh. Perhaps we will see Wilson’s Phalaropes, Common Yellowthroats, or a Sharp-shinned Hawk diving into a flock of Violet-green Swallows. Ospreys will be fishing. A pontoon boat is a wonderful way to watch birds! Join us on this water birding adventure. Thanks to the Cove Resort for providing the pontoons. Meet your leaders at The Cove. 

    Meeting location: The Cove Resort, 22494 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leader: Don Youkey and Heather Moravec
    Capacity: 12 people
    Age limit: 8 years and older

  • Early Morning in the Orchard

    Friday, May 17
    7:00am-9:00am | $15

    Enjoy a relaxed-paced, mile-long loop hike above an organic pear orchard 2 miles south of Cashmere. Skirting the fringe of fruit trees, we will gradually wind our way up through sagebrush-steppe and Ponderosa pine forest. Expect to see plenty of wildflowers and beautiful vistas. Trip includes following deer trails and uneven areas with one steep side-hill. Please wear sturdy footwear and consider bringing hiking poles. We will begin and end at the property owner’s farmhouse where a large, comfortable porch will offer a venue to share our morning discoveries when we wrap-up. Coffee, anyone? Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Milepost 111 Brewing, 407 Aplets Way, Cashmere, WA 98815
    Leader: Neil Paprocki
    Trail: About 1.5 miles walking in total, following deer trails, includes one steep side-hill section
    Capacity: 10 people

  • Morning Birding by River Raft

    Friday, May 17
    7:30am-9:30am | $60

    Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder/naturalist guides to experience approximately four miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. We'll look and listen for lots of birds that call this vibrant ecosystem home for the summer, including many tropical migrants like flycatchers, warblers, and swallows. Bring water shoes or sandals that can get wet.

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Annette Jouard and John Taylor
    Trail: No walking involved. You will get shuttled to the put-in. We may stop on a beach along the way to get out of the raft.
    Capacity: 10 people, split between two rafts 
    Age Limit: 8 years and older

  • Feathered Friends of the Icicle Creek Trail^

    Friday, May 17
    8:00am-10:00am | Free, no registration required. 

    Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery does more than raise fish! With over 170 acres of river-side property and 5 miles of trails, the hatchery grounds are a hotspot for a wide variety of birds. Swallows swoop above ponds, ducks paddle in the river, warblers hide in hawthorn thickets and raptors soar above. We may even spot the elusive calliope hummingbird or white-headed woodpecker. Join us for an easy stroll along mostly paved and relatively flat trails that wander through a patchwork of Eastern Cascade ecosystems, from ponderosa pine and brush steppe to lush riparian habitat along Icicle Creek.

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery,12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Leaders: LNFH staff
    Trail: Mostly paved, some dirt trails, uneven ground, but no elevation gain. Walking ~1 mile. 

  • Magnificent Migrations^

    Friday, May 17
    8:30am-10:00am | Free, no registration required.

    Join hatchery staff in partnership with the Master Gardeners of our pollinator garden as we explore the diverse migratory species that visit our area. Delve into the important role of migration in the lives of fish, insects, and birds. We’re sure to see many of these migrants as we walk around the grounds of Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Say’s phoebe, rufous hummingbird, tree swallow, and belted kingfisher are some of the possible birds we may spot. This trip is great for beginner and casual birders who are interested in all kinds of migratory animals.

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery,12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Leaders: LNFH staff
    Trail: Mostly paved area, flat. Walking 0.5 miles. 

  • Birding by Pontoon Boat II^

    Friday, May 17
    9:30am-11:30am | $55

    Fish Lake, a spring-fed, 500-acre lake northwest of Leavenworth, is ringed by mixed coniferous forest and has a large marsh. Perhaps we will see Wilson’s Phalaropes, Common Yellowthroats, or a Sharp-shinned Hawk diving into a flock of Violet-green Swallows. Ospreys will be fishing. A pontoon boat is a wonderful way to watch birds! Join us on this water birding adventure. Thanks to the Cove Resort for providing the pontoons. Meet your leaders at The Cove. 

    Meeting Location: The Cove Resort, 22494 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leader: Don Youkey and Heather Moravec
    Capacity: 12 people
    Age Limit: 8 years and older

  • Bike and Bird Leavenworth*

    Friday, May 17
    1:00pm-4:00pm | $25

    Join trip leaders Karen and Vicky for a 10-mile bike ride mostly on paved, level roads and paths, traveling on Icicle Creek Road and East Leavenworth Road, plus a bit of adventurous detours. Bring your bike, water, and binoculars. Loaner binoculars will be available if needed. New birders are welcome! Since we will share the roads with cars, helmets are required, and reflective vests are provided. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike)

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Karen Haire and Vicky Cibicki
    Trail: Biking about 10 miles over paved, dirt, and gravel paths, mostly level
    Capacity: 10 people
    Age Limit: 16 years and older

  • Workshop - Nature Field Sketching in Watercolor with Laurel Mundy

    Friday, May 17
    1:00pm-4:00pm | $40

    Learn to create nature sketches in the field with watercolor, pencil, and ink! This workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in sketching in the field—whether it be quick mountain landscapes, sketching birds, or documenting plants. Whatever you can find and observe in your surroundings, you can paint. This class will focus on creating a sketch while outdoors, selecting a composition, blocking in your shapes, mixing nature colors, general watercolor painting tips, and adding in a few details in pencil, watercolor, or ink pen. Weather permitting, we will take a short stroll (~1 mile round trip) to Waterfront Park in Leavenworth to paint a mountain and river scene (or a subject of your choosing found in your surroundings). Come prepared to create a small sketch (mine will be about 5”x7”, but you may work larger if you wish) of whatever outdoor subject you like; for this class though, I’ll emphasize techniques for sketching an outdoor landscape. I want to make sketching fun, easy, and accessible for anyone to try while also spending time outdoors!

    Meeting location: WRI's Outdoor Classroom, 347 Division St. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leader: Laurel Mundy
    Trail: ~1-mile round trip on a mostly flat gravel path.
    Capacity: 15 people
    Supplies: not provided, a list of supplies will be sent after registration.

  • Open House - WVC Bird Collection with Dr. Dan Stephens

    Friday, May 17
    1:00pm-5:00pm | Free, no registration required. 

    Dr. Dan Stephens invites you to join him in viewing the bird skin collection he has built and curated over the past 30 years. The collection currently contains 460 specimens, including 160 species of birds from the American Coot to the Western Screech-Owl. More than 200 community members, ornithologists, students, colleagues, and friends have contributed their time to collect, prepare, and maintain the bird skins over the years. Through their cooperative effort, Dr. Dan has created a valuable collection that is available for scientific research and educational programs throughout the valley. We hope you can join us in celebrating this impressive accomplishment at our open house for the collection. Drop in any time between 1:00pm-5:00pm. 

    Event Location: Zoology Lab (room 2305 on the 3rd floor) in Wenatchi Hall at Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Free visitor parking in the lot accessed from 5th Street adjacent to Mish ee Twie Hall.

  • Workshop - From Cell Phone to DSLR: Using Your Camera as a Birding Tool

    Friday, May 17
    2:00pm-4:00pm | $25

    Your camera, whether a cell phone, point & shoot, or high end DSLR, can get a great bird photo but there’s so much more. Learn about the many (even some surprising) uses of the camera out in the field. Join veteran Upper Basin Birders Mike and Nancy Merrill for a classroom introduction on tips, tools and techniques followed by field application while birding the riverfront and Blackbird Island. Topics include a wide range of camera use and features, birding and photography apps, spotting and tracking techniques and more. You will watch as we take a photo, download, edit and share the photo in the field (with no cell service required). With these tools, you’ll surprise yourself with the power of your camera in the field. 

    Meeting location: River Haus at Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Mike and Nancy Merrill
    Trail: Slow-paced walk will be less than one mile on gravel trails with two short inclines.
    Capacity: 20 people

  • Afternoon Birding by River Raft

    Friday, May 17
    3:00pm-5:00pm | $60

    Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder/naturalist guides to experience approximately four miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. We'll look and listen for lots of birds that call this vibrant ecosystem home for the summer, including many tropical migrants like flycatchers, warblers, and swallows. Bring water shoes or sandals that can get wet.

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Jane Zanol and Mary Gallagher
    Trail: No walking involved. You will get shuttled to the put-in. We may stop on a beach along the way to get out of the raft.
    Capacity: 10 people, split between two rafts 
    Age Limit: 8 years and older

  • *NEW* Evening Pontoon Exploration on Fish Lake

    Friday, May 17
    6:00pm-7:30pm | $50

    Enjoy our popular pontoon exploration of Fish Lake in the evening this year. Fish Lake is a spring-fed kettle lake northwest of Leavenworth. The 500-acre lake is surrounded by mixed coniferous forest and has a large marsh. These conditions make a wonderful combination of habitats for many species of birds. You will likely see swallows, osprey, bald eagles, and common yellowthroat. Thank you to The Cove Resort for providing the pontoons! Meet your leaders at The Cove. 

    Meeting Location: The Cove Resort, 22494 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Heather Murphy, Pat Murphy, and John Zanol
    Capacity: 12 people
    Age Limit: 8 yrs and older

  • Seminar - Wrangling and Using eBird Data

    Friday, May 17
    6:00pm-7:00pm | $10

    Growing exponentially, eBird contains well over 1 BILLION bird observations. Having such a wealth of data can be a blessing and a curse. How can we find data in which we have interest? eBird presents us with summary statistics for our observations. We can see our checklists from different locations and times. Trip Reports allow us to consolidate several checklists to easily see all of our observations during a specific period of time. One of the beauties of eBird is that it provides access to the data. This presentation will describe several ways to look at and use eBird data. We will also look at a local example of the use of eBird data to update our knowledge of Anna's Hummingbirds in North Central Washington. 

    Meeting Location: WRI's Red Barn, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Instructor: Bruce McCammon
    Capacity: 50 people
     


Saturday, May 18, 2024

  • Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Self-Guided Bird Walk^

    Saturday, May 18
    All day | Free, no registration required.

    Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has over five miles of flat, easy trails that pass through a variety of pine forest, open meadow, and streamside habitats that are home to many exciting birds! Stop by the Visitor Center office in the main hatchery building (12790 Fish Hatchery Rd.) and pick up your trail map and bird list to start you self-guided bird walk. Benches along the trail offer excellent bird viewing (especially in the morning hours) and make this a great activity for families or birders who appreciate resting spots along the way. Registration is not required for this self-led walk.

    Location: 12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Trail: Some uneven ground with minimal elevation gain. 

  • The Nature Conservancy's Moses Coulee Preserve*

    Saturday, May 18
    5:30am-2:30pm | $95

    Transportation by van provided. 

    Join Joe Veverka of The Nature Conservancy on a field trip exploring shrub-steppe, grassland, and riparian habitats throughout TNC’s Moses Coulee and Beezley Hills Preserves. We will be driving making frequent stops to explore birdy areas on foot. Expect to see birds of grassland and shrub-steppe, spectacular wildflowers, and learn about The Nature Conservancy’s restoration efforts. This trip will offer a great opportunity to see and hear birds of the shrub-steppe including Sagebrush and Brewer’s Sparrows as well as Sage Thrashers, and possibly Loggerhead Shrikes. We will check riparian “migrant traps” for migrating songbirds. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing, and don't forget a lunch and plenty of water. Transportation in WRI's Otter Van provided for this trip. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth WA 98826
    Leaders: Joe Veverka and John Zanol
    Trail: Walking off-trail over uneven terrain, total distance ~1 mile, <200yds at a time but terrain can be rugged. 
    Capacity: 10 people

  • Birding Badger Mountain*

    Saturday, May 18
    6:00am-4:00pm | $85

    This all-day trip will search for migratory birds and year-round residents on Badger Mountain. Explore different birding hotspots in shrub-steppe, riparian tracts, and open Ponderosa pine habitats.  The weather can change quickly at 4,100 feet elevation, so be prepared for cold wind, rain and heat - all possible in one day! The trip will be mostly driving, with some short forays on foot. Bring sunblock, layered clothing, sturdy boots, and don't forget a lunch and lots of water. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trailhead, 19th St., East Wenatchee, WA 98802
    Leaders: Jenny Graevell and Jennifer Standish
    Trail: Minimal walking, mostly driving to various spots to get out and bird. 
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Birding by Ear and the Ecology of Bird Sounds

    Saturday, May 18
    6:30am-1:30pm | $60

    Similar to Sunday's Key Habitats Near Leavenworth trip, we'll visit the same sites and view as many species as possible, but the primary focus will be on birding by ear and a discussion of the ecologies embedded in the sounds birds make. You won't want to miss this trip if you've been wanting to improve your ear-birding skills! Please bring water, snacks, sturdy footwear, and dress for the weather. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Mark Johnston and Richard Scranton
    Trail: Expect to walk about 3 miles over uneven ground throughout this trip. Driving to visit various sites. 
    Capacity: 10 people

  • Birding Horse Lake Reserve*

    Saturday, May 18
    6:30am-11:30am | $50

    Join Kitsap Audubon’s Heather and Jared Moravec on this birding and wildflower hike through Horse Lake Reserve. The hike will be 5 miles round trip with 1000 feet of elevation gain. This beautiful Chelan-Douglas Land Trust property is a great place to find shrub-steppe birds and provides excellent views of the surrounding landscape. Learn about conservation efforts restoring the landscape with native species to make better habitat for birds and wildlife. Hiking on—and off—trails so sturdy footwear recommended. Bring water and a snack. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: NW corner of Walmart parking lot, 2000 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Heather and Jared Moravec
    Trail: Hiking 5 miles roundtrip, 1000 ft elevation gain, dirt and gravel road with uneven ground.
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Two Rivers

    Saturday, May 18
    7:00am-12:00pm | $40

    Spend the morning with Susan Ballinger and Sarah Smith birding the lower Little Wenatchee River and explore cedar riparian forests at Chelan-Douglas Land Trust's Two Rivers property. Look for warblers in an aspen forest, swallows and dippers along the river, and waterfowl in a wet meadow. Includes walking on brushy former roads and over wet, uneven terrain. Bring insect repellent. Wear clothes and footwear that can get wet. We'll carpool up the valley from Lake Wenatchee State Park. Please note: a Discover Pass is required for parking at the State Park. 

    Meeting Location: Lake Wenatchee State Park - South Entrance
    Pass: Discover Pass required for parking at State Park
    Leaders: Susan Ballinger and Sarah Smith
    Trail: Total walking distance about 3 miles over varied, uneven terrain. Some areas of trail could be wet. 
    Capacity: 16 people

  • Birding Mountain Home with Queer Flockers

    Saturday, May 18
    7:00am-10:30am | $25

    Join guides Jeff Buckingham and Meng Vue from Portland’s Queer Flockers on a field trip through open forest and shrubby thickets along a ridge overlooking Leavenworth and the Icicle River. Queer Flockers’ mission is to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQIA2S+ identifying folks and their allies to enjoy birding, nature, and community. All people are welcome. Years ago, Jeff assisted with wildlife identification survey efforts to move Mountain Home Ridge to Chelan Douglas Land Trust. He continues to visit Leavenworth to bird with his aunt Heather Murphy, attend Bird Fest and see other family. Meng currently works for Friends of Trees in Portland as a green space specialist and environmental educator. If you'd like, join the group for lunch afterwards at O’Grady’s Pantry cafe. Please wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club ticket booth, 7505 Cyo Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Jeff Buckingham and Meng Vue
    Trail: Hiking 3 miles roundtrip with moderate elevation gain, on dirt and gravel paths, uneven terrain
    Capacity: 16 people

  • Birding by Large Canoe

    Saturday, May 18
    7:00am-10:00am | $45

    Experience birding from a 29’ Langley canoe or a 25' Voyageur canoe at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. The canoes will be managed by experienced boaters from the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club. 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 you are welcome to bring your own. Bring binoculars, hat and appropriate layered clothing. Wear shoes or sandals that are water-friendly. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee Confluence State Park - near the boat launch
    Pass: Discover Pass required for parking at State Park
    Leaders: Paddle Club members Penny and Larry Tobiska, birders Wendy Sharp and Nolan Campbell
    Capacity: 16 people, split between two canoes
    Age Limit: 8 yrs and up

  • Early Morning in the Orchard

    Saturday, May 18
    7:00am-9:00am | $15

    Enjoy a relaxed-paced, mile-long loop hike above an organic pear orchard 2 miles south of Cashmere. Skirting the fringe of fruit trees, we will gradually wind our way up through sagebrush-steppe and Ponderosa pine forest. Expect to see plenty of wildflowers and beautiful vistas. Trip includes following deer trails and uneven areas with one steep side-hill. Please wear sturdy footwear and consider bringing hiking poles. We will begin and end at the property owner’s farmhouse where a large, comfortable porch will offer a venue to share our morning discoveries when we wrap-up. Coffee, anyone? Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Milepost 111 Brewing, 407 Aplets Way, Cashmere, WA 98815
    Leader: Neil Paprocki
    Trail: About 1.5 miles walking in total, following deer trails, includes one steep side-hill section
    Capacity: 10 people

  • Morning Birding by River Raft

    Saturday, May 18
    7:30am-9:30am | $60

    Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder/naturalist guides to experience approximately four miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. We'll look and listen for lots of birds that call this vibrant ecosystem home for the summer, including many tropical migrants like flycatchers, warblers, and swallows. Bring water shoes or sandals that can get wet. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Jane Zanol and Vicky Cibicki
    Trail: No walking involved. You will get shuttled to the put-in. We may stop on a beach along the way to get out of the raft.
    Capacity: 10 people, split between two rafts 
    Age Limit: 8 yrs and up

  • Birding Icicle Creek with Rebecca Heisman^

    Saturday, May 18
    8:00am-10:00am | $20

    Come explore the trails of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery with guides, 2024 Keynote Speaker Rebecca Heisman and local author and birder (and former keynote speaker) Derek Sheffield. The hatchery trails host some of the most diverse bird life in the valley, from warblers and sparrows to raptors and woodpeckers. You'll get to know these two authors a little better and spend a wonderful morning searching for birds among the pines and meadows along Icicle Creek. 

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, 12790 Fish Hatchery Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park outside the gate, in the lot to the right
    Leaders: Rebecca Heisman and Derek Sheffield
    Trail: Walking on flat, mostly paved paths, up to 2 miles. Some uneven ground. 
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Magnificent Migrations^

    Friday, May 17
    8:30am-10:00am | Free, no registration required.

    Join hatchery staff in partnership with the Master Gardeners of our pollinator garden as we explore the diverse migratory species that visit our area. Delve into the important role of migration in the lives of fish, insects, and birds. We’re sure to see many of these migrants as we walk around the grounds of Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Say’s phoebe, rufous hummingbird, tree swallow, and belted kingfisher are some of the possible birds we may spot. This trip is great for beginner and casual birders who are interested in all kinds of migratory animals.

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery,12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Leaders: LNFH staff
    Trail: Mostly paved area, flat. Walking 0.5 miles. 

  • Sleeping Lady Bird Walk

    Saturday, May 18
    8:30am-11:00am | $20

    Walk the trails to the river, through woods and various habitats, to see the nooks and crannies of the beautiful Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Your guide Heather Murphy will help you discover bird species that include warblers, dippers, nesting osprey, and, if lucky, white-headed woodpeckers. Sleeping Lady also has an exciting collection of artwork, both indoors and outdoors, that you will experience. The tour will end at O’Grady’s Pantry cafe where you can see some of Heather's artwork on display. 

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club ticket booth, 7505 Cyo Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Heather and Pat Murphy
    Trail: Expect to walk about 2.5 miles on mostly flat paths, some areas paved and some dirt. 
    Capacity: 20 people

  • Bird Fest Family Day^

    Saturday, May 18
    10:00am-2:00pm | Free, no registration required 

    Join Wenatchee River Institute and North Central Washington Audubon Society for Bird Fest Family Day on the WRI River Haus Lawn! It's a day for families, youth, and adults to gather and take part in educational and recreational activities focusing on birds, wildlife, and their environments.

    As Bird Fest is in full swing, take a break from the hustle and bustle and come meander and learn at Family Day. It will be an opportunity for all to take part in art and nature activities, embark on a nature walk, browse and purchase art from local artists, learn about local organizations, and enjoy live music from musician, Eric Link!

    Drop by anytime - we hope to see you there!

  • Wildflower Walk on Ski Hill

    Saturday, May 18
    12:00pm-3:00pm | $30

    Spend an afternoon walking the trails at the historic Leavenworth Ski Hill. You will discover an amazing diversity of wildflowers and flowering shrubs, with the possibility of a visit by a white-headed woodpecker. We will see camas, lupines, tiger lilies, false Solomon's seal, Mariposa lilies, and many others. If that is not enough, you will learn how to tell the difference between arrowleaf balsamroot and mule's ears. Handouts will be provided. Your guides are members of the Wenatchee Valley Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Bring water, binoculars, and dress for the weather. 

    Meeting Location: Leavenworth Ski Hill parking lot, 10701 Ski Hill Dr, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Don Schaechtel and WA Native Plant Society
    Trail: Expect to walk about 2 miles of wide, dirt trails with <200 ft elevation gain
    Capacity: 24 people

  • Geology of the Leavenworth Area

    Saturday, May 18
    12:30pm-3:30pm | $40

    Every rock tells a story! Join CWU professor Audrey Huerta to see how geologists "read" rocks to discover the history of the earth, with a focus on the geologic history of the Leavenworth area. Learn about the three main rock types (sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic), all of which occur near here. This trip includes carpooling to nearby stops where we will get out and walk to sites.

    Meeting Location: Cashmere Valley Bank, 980 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Audrey Huerta and Karen Haire
    Trail: Expect to walk 1-2 miles on level dirt or gravel paths, may have some uneven terrain
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Seminar - Composition in Bird Photography

    Saturday, May 18
    2:00pm-3:15pm | $15

    Ansel Adams said “A good photograph is knowing where to stand." This is so true - as bird photographers, the excitement of the scene often makes us shoot first, think later. But rules of composition apply for us just as they do for other artists. What rules? Join Gary Luhm for an enticing master class on composition in bird photography: learn about light, subject placement, compositional elements, and perspective to make the most of any situation. 

    Event Location: The Red Barn at Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Instructor: Gary Luhm
    Capacity: 50 people

  • Bird Fest Happy Hour

    Saturday, May 18
    3:30pm-5:00pm | Free, no registration required. 

    After a great day of birding, come socialize with us at Bird Fest Happy Hour! This event is held on the wonderful campus of Wenatchee River Institute. Stop in anytime to meet fellow birders and friends, old and new. All are welcome. We'll have a game table set up with various bird games including the popular board game Wingspan - sit in and play, or watch and see what all the buzz is about. Keynote Speaker Rebecca Heisman will be there, so be sure to stop by and say hello. Our local bookstore, A Book for All Seasons, will be set up to sell Heisman's book, Flight Paths

    Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Thanks to our sponsor Icicle Brewing Company for providing the beer!

    Stick around for dinner at the Birders' BBQ (registration required) kicking off at 5:00pm, and the Keynote Address in the Red Barn at 7:00pm. 

    Event Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826

  • Birders' BBQ

    Saturday, May 18
    5:00pm-6:30pm | $25

    *Please RSVP for this event no later than May 10th*

    Come celebrate Bird Fest and enjoy a dinner - Leavenworth style! Socialize with your fellow birders before the Keynote Address begins and enjoy some live music! Registration is required.

    Dinner will be provided by La Javelina with a vegetarian option available. A menu will be determined and posted soon. Your ticket will cover your meal and a complimentary sparkling water. Beer from Icicle Brewing Company and wine will be available for purchase.

    Musician and songwriter TBD will be playing music for the duration of the event. 

    The BBQ will take place outside on the lawn at Wenatchee River Institute.

  • Bird Fest Keynote: Wild Stories from the History of Bird Migration Research with Rebecca Heisman

    Saturday, May 18
    7:00pm-8:30pm | $20 (in-person), $10 (virtual)
    Doors open at 6:30pm

    Join us for the 2024 Bird Fest Keynote Address with Rebecca Heisman. This is a HYBRID event. You may join us in the Red Barn at Wenatchee River Institute or livestream virtually. Registration will be required for this event. You may purchase an in-person or a virtual ticket. 

    Wild Stories from the History of Bird Migration Research with Rebecca Heisman

    We've all heard amazing facts about bird migration—the long distances that birds travel, the ways that they navigate, etc. But did you ever wonder how we figured all of this out? While working for the American Ornithological Society, Rebecca Heisman became fascinated with the varied and creative techniques that scientists have used to study bird migration, and this eventually became the basis for her book Flight Paths: How a Passionate and Quirky Group of Pioneering Scientists Solved the Mystery of Bird Migration. In her talk, she'll share some surprising stories from the history of bird migration research and discuss why understanding migration is so crucial for bird conservation.

    Rebecca Heisman is an award-winning science writer who lives in Walla Walla, Washington, and has worked with organizations including the Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the American Ornithological Society. Flight Paths is her first book. 

    This event is supported by A Book For All Seasons. Heisman's book will be available for purchase at the event.

    Event Location: Red Barn at Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826


Sunday, May 19, 2024

  • Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Self-Guided Bird Walk^

    Sunday, May 19
    All day | Free, no registration required.

    Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has over five miles of flat, easy trails that pass through a variety of pine forest, open meadow, and streamside habitats that are home to many exciting birds! Stop by the Visitor Center office in the main hatchery building (12790 Fish Hatchery Rd.) and pick up your trail map and bird list to start you self-guided bird walk. Benches along the trail offer excellent bird viewing (especially in the morning hours) and make this a great activity for families or birders who appreciate resting spots along the way. Registration is not required for this self-led walk.

    Location: 12790 Fish Hatchery Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Parking: Park in the lot on the right, before the gate. 
    Trail: Some uneven ground with minimal elevation gain. 

  • Birding Key Habitats Near Leavenworth

    Sunday, May 19
    6:30am-1:30pm | $60 

    Join NCW Audubon members Richard Scranton and Mark Johnston for a morning of birds near Leavenworth. We’ll visit habitats ranging from dry to less-dry forest, riparian, riverine, and wetlands which we expect will produce a diverse mix of species representative of the area. Expect to walk 3 miles over uneven ground. Please bring snacks, water, and dress for the weather. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Richard Scranton and Mark Johnston
    Trail: Expect to walk about 3 miles throughout the day. Minimal elevation gain but travel will be over uneven terrain. 
    Capacity: 10 people

  • Birding in the Coulee*

    Sunday, May 19
    7:00am-3:00pm | $90

    Transportation by van provided. 

    This birder’s marathon highlights some of the best birding sites in Douglas County, including the Palisades, Sagebrush Flats, Jameson Lake, and Pine Creek. Look for shrub-steppe species with local Audubon member and ornithologist Dr. Dan Stephens. This field trip usually finds the highest number of bird species! Bring the essentials and either a sack lunch or cash for a lunch stop. Transportation in WRI's Otter Van provided for this trip.

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leader: Dan Stephens
    Trail: Minimal walking, mostly in vehicle with frequent stops to get out and bird
    Capacity: 11 people

     

  • Birding Cashmere Canyons Preserve

    Sunday, May 19
    7:00am-11:00am | $60

    Join Joe Veverka on a field trip through fields and forests of a hidden private ranch near Cashmere. This part of the property is not open to the public. We will be driving making frequent stops to explore birdy areas on foot. Expect to see birds of grassland, shrub-steppe, and forest, as well as some spectacular fields of wildflowers. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: End of the pavement of Hay Canyon Road, outside of Cashmere, WA. Approximately 1 mile from Hwy 2.
    Leaders: Joe Veverka, John Taylor, and Annette Jouard
    Trail: <1 mile walking, getting out of cars to walk short distances <200 yds, minimal elevation gain
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Mountain Home Hike and Bird

    Sunday, May 19
    7:00am-11:00am | $45

    Join Kitsap Audubon's Heather and Jared Moravec on a field trip through open forest and shrubby thickets along a ridge overlooking Leavenworth and the Icicle River. This Chelan-Douglas Land Trust property hosts a great mix of habitat for birds and provides excellent views. Expect a wonderful 3-mile hike at a leisurely birding pace. Wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Heather and Jared Moravec
    Trail: Hiking 3 miles roundtrip with moderate elevation gain on dirt paths - some old forest road and some single track trail
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Exploring the Entiat Waterfront^

    Sunday, May 19
    7:00am-11:00am | $45

    Walk the Entiat Riverfront Park with WDFW biologists Emily Jeffreys and Johnna Eilers, near the confluence of the Entiat and Columbia Rivers. This is a great place to watch raptors, waterfowl, swallows, and songbirds. We'll carpool from Wenatchee and walk through the park on level, paved trails, and through one section of gravel trail. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Olds Station Park & Ride, Penny Rd, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Emily Jeffreys and Johnna Eilers
    Trail: Total distance walking up to 1.5 miles, paths are paved and flat. One portion of gravel trail. 
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Beginner Birding in Number 2 Canyon

    Sunday, May 19
    7:30am-11:00am | $10

    Join Susan Ballinger for a short walk along a quiet paved road to overlook a shrubby creek corridor where dozens of colorful neotropical migrant birds have recently arrived from Mexico, Central and South America to nest and raise young. From our meeting point we will drive about a mile up the canyon and then walk. This walk is especially designed for new birders and loaner binoculars will be provided. Suitable for all ages. We will walk along the roadside with little traffic at a leisurely pace stopping often to view birds.

    Meeting Location: Intersection of Skyline Drive and Number 2 Canyon Road in Wenatchee
    Leader: Susan Ballinger
    Trail: Expect to walk about 1.5 miles along the paved roadside, with gravel shoulder in places. Minimal elevation gain. 
    Capacity: 14 people

  • Morning Birding by River Raft

    Sunday, May 19
    7:30am-9:30am | $60

    Float with professional guides from Osprey Rafting and birder/naturalist guides to experience approximately four miles of gentle waters of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River. We'll look and listen for lots of birds that call this vibrant ecosystem home for the summer, including many tropical migrants like flycatchers, warblers, and swallows. Bring water shoes or sandals that can get wet. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Vicky Cibicki and Mary Gallagher
    Trail: No walking involved. You will get shuttled to the put-in. We may stop on a beach along the way to get out of the raft.
    Capacity: 10 people, split between two rafts 
    Age Limit: 8 yrs and up

  • Douglas Creek Art-venture

    Sunday, May 19
    8:00am-2:00pm | Free, but registration is required. 

    Join BLM staff Diane Priebe, local artist and birder Heather Murphy, and Monica Valle of Team Naturaleza to explore the riparian oasis of Douglas Creek on a ramble along the historic railroad trail. Roam through riparian and sagebrush steppe habitats, view geologic formations, local plants, birds and wildlife, and learn about the Great Northern Railroad that once passed through here. Thanks to Team Naturaleza, we are able to present this trip in both English and Spanish. Capture the beauty of the public lands by creating art along the way. Art supplies provided! Expect to see plenty of birds in the canyon. Bring binoculars, lunch, water, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee BLM Office, 915 Walla Walla Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Leaders: Diane Priebe, Heather Murphy, Monica Valle, and Christy Neilsen
    Trail: Hiking 2 miles along dirt trail with minimal elevation gain. Water crossing through Douglas Creek may require shoes to get wet. 
    Capacity: 12 people

  • Peshastin Creek to Camas Meadows

    Sunday, May 19
    8:00am-12:00pm | $45

    Explore the ecosystems of Blewett Pass and the wide variety of birds that can be found there. We will view as many species as possible near the creek, a wetland meadow, and forested areas. Starting low in the valley we'll check out Peshastin Creek, then drive up to the beautiful Camas Meadows. Bring snacks, water, and dress for the weather. Carpool from meeting location. 

    Meeting Location: Big Y Park & Ride, 9490 Jeske Road, Peshastin, WA 98847
    Leaders: Denise Bayuszik and Elisa Lopez
    Trail: Expect to walk about 2 miles total throughout the morning. Dirt and gravel paths with minimal elevation gain. 
    Capacity: 10 people
     

  • Birds of Farms, Fields, and Woods

    Sunday, May 19
    8:00am-11:00am | $40

    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, water, and adequate layers for the weather. We'll carpool up to Sunitsch Canyon from WRI and explore from there.

    Meeting Location: Wenatchee River Institute, 347 Division St, Leavenworth, WA 98826
    Leaders: Andrew Holm and Willy Stockman
    Trail: Walking 2-3 miles over varied, uneven terrain
    Capacity: 8 people


Health & Safety Note

We will continue to follow state and local COVID guidance. 

Refund and Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your registration 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.

If you cancel your registration due to COVID symptoms, known COVID exposure, or a positive diagnosis for COVID, 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.

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