AND EXPLORE THE NATURAL WORLD
MAY 15-18 2014
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Come bird with us the third weekend in May, and discover the natural beauty of North Central Washington state. The Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, to lush riparian zones, to shrub-steppe. All our field trips are led by experts and professionals in their field. Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year: the breeding season. Hear the songs sung only during the breeding season while you stroll, bike, boat, or van during the height of wildflower season. While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, arts events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for everyone, and for birders of all skill levels, with enough built-in "down time" to explore the friendly Bavarian village that we call home.
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Highlights From 2013
Our greatest highlight was the many volunteers who went above and beyond to make Bird Fest once again a fantastic experience for visitors. Deepest thanks to Janet Millard, Heather Murphy, Dan O'Connor, Deandra Early, Don Youkey, Amy Massey, Jeff Parsons, and a long, long list of guides, bird experts, and youth educators who volunteered their time to help young and old delight in birds.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest is a village! It couldn't happen without NCW Audobon Society, Wenatchee River Institute, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, Team Naturaleza, Icicle Arts, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and many, many other partners, sponsors, agencies, organizations, and volunteers.
Other highlights: naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally renowned wildlife artist John Ruthven, often called “the 20th Century Audubon,” was our keynote speaker, sharing his cypress-swamp adventures on the trail of the ivory-billed woodpecker. Idie Ulsh, of NPR’s “Bird Note,” shared “Feathered Architects: The Fascinating World of Bird Nests." Puget Sound Bird Observatory offered passerine banding and other events. Team Naturaleza added exciting new events including bi-lingual nature walks and a community picnic. And Sarvey Wildlife was a huge hit with Alive! Look a Bird in the Eye.
Species observed during the previous Bird Fests. We'll be adding 2013 soon-- check back!
The top part of these lists is the total bird species observed, but if you scroll further down, they are broken up by field trip for your planning purposes:
Thank you for joining Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest as we share the wonder of birds and nature with a new generation.
The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest provides educational and recreational
activities focusing on birds, wildlife, and their environments.
This annual event promotes the awareness of environmental and
conservation issues surrounding the area's birds, while providing
an economic and educational
benefit to the community. This event connects with International
Migratory Bird Day and includes a multi-cultural aspect linked
to Latin American countries. The heart of the festival is to
have fun through bird education with-and-for families, locals
and visitors, yet the event also has a scientific quality of
gathering important birding data.
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