Spring Birding is Back
It’s official; Spring is here! There’s still a little chill to the air in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s definitely been a rainier winter than most, but that’s almost over. Spring is a glorious time to be in Sequim. The mild weather here means outdoor activities are plentiful no matter the season. However, even on the Olympic Peninsula, there is still something distinctly special about spring time. The pull to get outside and enjoy the reawakening of mother nature is undeniable. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers, and Sequim is an incredible place in which to enjoy these activities. Coming up in early April is the Olympic Birdfest; two incredible days of birding on the Washington Coast.
Birding in Sequim
With a tremendous variety of bird habitats, Sequim is truly a birders paradise. Just in Sequim alone, there are several wonderful locations from which you can enjoy a spectacular day of birding, not to mention the greater Olympic Peninsula that is within easy reach for a day trip. Bird watchers frequently spot soaring bald eagles, Peregrine falcons, black brant, buffleheads, waterfowl, songbirds, owls, and so much more. This year, the Olympic Birdfest will be held on April 7-9, 2017. It’s a great time for birders to get together, and is timed specifically to catch wintering birds and the beginning of the spring migration.
There are several field trips and events planned throughout the weekend. Field trips will be to places like Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek, and Neah Bay. There will also be trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. If that’s not enough, Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. This year’s guest speaker is Bonnie Block, who will be speaking at the festival banquet on April 8. Bonnie is a self taught wildlife photographer from the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to the birdfest, birding enthusiasts can enjoy a self-guided adventure at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park. They offer bird walks every Wednesday morning as well, which serve as a great introduction into the quiet sport of birding.
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