Order Your Bird Fest Shirt BY TONIGHT at 11:59pm!
WRI partnered with Wenatchi Wear and R Digital Design to make a new Bird Fest design and t-shirt! Want your shirt for Bird Fest? Order by TONIGHT (May 4th) at 11:59pm! Shirts are only available through pre-order and will not be sold during Bird Fest. Select the "Pick-Up" option to pick up at WRI during Bird Fest starting on May 18th.
May Beginner Bird Walk
Wednesday, May 10th
WRI's FREE Beginner Bird Walks happen on the second Wednesday of every month! Join us for as many as you can. You'll walk around the WRI campus with knowledgeable WRI staff. All birding experience levels are welcome. Need binoculars? We have loaners!
Pre-Bird Fest Beginner Birding Trips
Monday, May 15th-
Friday, May 19th
These FREE trips are designed for beginning birders, including locals and students! Loaner binoculars will be available. Trips include: Birding Walla Walla Point Park and Horan, Birding Ohme Gardens, Birding Lower Sleepy Hollow Preserve, and MORE! Click the link below to learn more.
Introduction to Ornithology (2-morning workshop)
Thursday, May 18th AND Friday, May 19th
Are you interested in birds? Would like to learn about the science behind them? Ever wanted the opportunity to set up a mist net? Join WRI and Visiting Researcher at University of Sheffield, Suzanne Tomassi, for a two half-day, in-person program at WRI during Bird Fest!
Watercolor Painting the Chestnut-backed Chickadee with Charlene Collins Freeman
Thursday, May 18th
Let’s paint the Chestnut-backed Chickadee in watercolors! Loose and light and full of the promise! Join WRI and artist, Charlene Collins Freeman, for an online art class and learn the basics for drawing birds and painting this lovely songbird.
Bird Fest Workshops
Friday, May 19th
WRI Red Barn
Join WRI and NCW Audubon Society for one (or many) of our 3 workshops on the Friday of Bird Fest, including Falconry and Conservation in Today's World (2-3pm), Composition in Bird Photography (3-4pm), and The World of Hummingbirds (6-7pm). The cost of each workshop is $10. Learn more by clicking the event(s) on our calendar.
Photo above by Janet Bauer
Bird Fest Family Day
Saturday, May 20th
WRI River Haus Lawn
An opportunity for families, youth, and adults to take part in art and nature activities, learn about and see REAL birds of prey, embark on a free guided nature walk, browse and purchase art from local artists, learn about local organizations, eat delicious local food, and enjoy LIVE music from local musician, Eric Link! Drop by anytime between 10am-2pm.
Scientific Illustration Class: Drawing a Tulip
Sunday, May 21st
Come and enjoy drawing the many varieties of this colorful spring flower, while learning to see colors and create luminosity. Experienced botanical artist and teacher, Crystal Shin will guide you throughout, with her demonstration and hands-on advice and feedback to your drawing. All levels are welcome!
Night Photography Workshop
Monday, May 22nd
Learn the art of making night photographs with this single-session workshop with Linda Lyons. Anyone can create successful long-exposure photographic imagery with a little direction, practice and patience. This class provides the foundation and support for capturing the beauty and nuance of nighttime with your camera.
Register Now for Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
May 18th-21st, 2023
Bird Fun with Mountain Sprouts
WRI worked with 3 classrooms at Mountain Sprouts Children's Community, including Spruce, Ponderosa, and Willow! Students ages 3-7 learned about birds. They learned what makes a bird a bird and not a different kind of animal. They also got to look at beaks of birds to guess what they might eat. They explored different types of birds nests and even got to build their own bird nest! Afterwards, students got to show them off to the group.
Rock Island Students Visit WRI
Over 45 third grade students visited the WRI campus for a Field Day... for the first time! Students were habitat detectives as they explored the area in search of arthropods, bugs, critters, and signs of spring. They build habitat homes to learn more about the habitats that the critters here live in. Students learned about the different trees and shrubs that grow here year round and keep their leaves even in the winter. They got to guess the tree or shrub by learning about the features of their leaves and/or needles.
The 2nd Annual Trashion Show was a HIT!
The community celebrated Earth Week in style! WRI's 2nd annual Trashion Show happened on the Friday of Earth Week and it was such a fun time! It was a fashion show featuring garments created with recycled and repurposed materials. There were 20 teams that put together an outfit to walk down the runway. Over 250 people attended to watch the show on the WRI River Haus Lawn. It was so much fun to see our community gather here at WRI. We can't wait to continue the tradition next year! Start thinking of your ideas for next year's Trashion Show during Earth Week 2024.
There were 4 prizes awarded, including the Peoples' Choice Award which was awarded to the Cascade Garden Club for their outfit, "Garden Goddess" (see image above on left). The other winners included:
Elementary Youth Category: the Haggerty family for their outfit, "Enchanted by Trash" (see image above on right)
- Older Youth Category: Rivers Wylie, Rowyn Bishop, and Aliya Coronado for their outfit, "Patchwork" (see image below on left)
- Adult Category: Martina Machackova and Anneka Herndon for their outfit, "Sky Dress" (see image below on right)
This event was in partnership with Waste Loop, Sustainable NCW, and the Sustainability Club at Wenatchee Valley College. Thank you once again to our sponsors, Waste Management, Sage Mountain Natural Foods, and Icicle Brewing Company! We couldn't have done it without the help of our volunteers. A special thanks to Claudia Cockerham, Ann Colley, Carol Cade, Lisi Ott, Stacy Alley, and Abby Wall!
To see all 200+ photos with outfit descriptions, view our album on Facebook.
Are you passionate about WRI's mission to connect people, communities and the natural world? Learn how you can join our team and take part in delivering the mission!
We have a few openings in our team:
- Summer Camp Educator Intern (still looking for 1-2 more!)
- Development Director
- Board Member
- Garden Volunteers
Thank you to our donors from the last two weeks!
Icicle Brewing Company
Leavenworth Coffee Roasters
John Taylor and Annette Jouard - Sustaining
Lisi Ott - Sustaining
Katie Tackman in honor of Linda Burke
Kay Angona Lisch
Sage Mountain Natural Foods
Emily and Vitek Siroky
Maureen and Andy Seikel
Gro Buer and Bruce Williams - Sustaining
Brenda Harrison in honor of the Snohomish Giving Circle
Lynn Dickinson - Sustaining
Laura and Greg Reichlin - Sustaining
Christine Emmel - Sustaining
Mark and Judy Oswood
Diane and Herb Young - Sustaining
Martha Bean and Ralph Haugerud
Mark Weick and Carole Ann Borshard - Sustaining
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