Festival welcomes birds back home

September 30, 2013 by  

Birdfest is taking place in three locations in Ridgefield this October for two days. The event is presented by the Friends of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and will welcome back home the birds that return to the Refuge every fall and winter.

There will be a variety of indoor and outdoor events happening, so the event should able to more than just the avid ornithologist. An opening ceremony will take place in Davis Park. There are set to be hikes, birding activities, kayaking tours, and workshops. Scheduled speakers include Dennis Torresdal (who is president of the Oregon Architectural Society), geologist Jim Maul, and park ranger Josie Findley. In addition, the Birder’s Marketplace will be selling a variety of arts and crafts, offering food, and providing information from local conservationist organizations.

The keynote speech for the event will be “Understanding the language of birds” by Jon Young. A $5 – $10 donation is appreciated. Workshops will include the Bird Language one and a Beginner’s Digital Photography session. Other events include the Audubon Live Bird Show, a salmon bake, and Sandhill Crane tours.

No doubt organizations wishing to provide information to guests will come from all over the area, including nearby Longview. Local print companies and brochure printers are probably providing them with products to hand out at the marketplace.

Birdfest will take place in Ridgefield from October 5-6. Admission is free, although there are fees for most of the workshops and the Sandhill Crane tours. For more information, call 360-887-4106.