Bird lovers take flight to Tillamook Coast this weekend for 13th annual Birding and Blues Festival
A weekend devoted to birds and their habitats will attract nature enthusiasts for the 3-day Birding and Blues Festival kicking off Friday, April 21 at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive in Pacific City. Visitors venture into the field with experts and attend workshops and lectures in this bird watcher’s paradise with up to 140 current resident species.
The 13th annual event includes driving excursions along the Three Capes Route, birding by Dory Boat in the Nestucca Bay, free educational presentations for the whole family, free children’s art activities, and a live bird-of-prey presentation. Saturday evening entertainment features The Joanne Bruh Blues Band, performing from 8:00—11:00pm.
Over the years, 340 different species have been observed in the area where birds are attracted to the rocky coastlines, numerous bays, fertile fields and lush forested mountains. The Portland Audubon Society includes several Tillamook County locations in their “Important Bird Areas” guide including the Tillamook Bay.
Birders and nature enthusiasts can enjoy multiple guided field trips on Saturday and Sunday to surrounding natural areas, paddle trips, and nature presentations hosted by birding professionals including:
Paul Bannick – Keynote Speaker
“OWL: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” Saturday 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Paul is an award-winning and widely published wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. He has received the Canon Prize of the International Conservation Photography Awards, as well as first place in the “Birds and Their Habitat” category in Audubon magazine’s annual contest.
Patty Newland Avian Conservation Program Manager for the Portland Audubon – Beginning Birding class, Saturday, 8:00AM -9:00AM
Learn how to spot the differences among birds through their unique field marks and behavior, as well as where and how to watch birds. Patty has been leading bird walks in the Portland area as a volunteer for Portland Audubon and Metro since 2004. Since 2011, she has been co-leading Audubon Ecotours.
Joe Liebezeit Avian Conservation Program Manager for the Portland Audubon – Presentation: Oregon’s Black Oystercatchers: Unveiling its Mysteries to Help Protect a Species of Conservation Concern, Saturday 3:00 – 4:15 PM
Birding and Blues images here:
For more information on Birding in Tillamook County, up-to-date spottings are logged by birders at ebird.org and the East Cascades Audubon Society has developed a birding sites guide for every county in Oregon including Tillamook Coast locations.