Welcome to the 13th annual Olympic Peninsula BirdFest!
April 15-17, 2016
This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The day of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration.
In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will also be offered.
Guest Speaker: Tony Angell
He will speak at the Banquet on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Topic: “Revealing the Secret Lives of Owls”
After decades of studying owls Tony Angell shares the wonder of these amazing and beloved birds. Tony discusses the characteristics that distinguish owls from other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought. He considers the challenges owls face in a world of human-driven rapid change, urging lovers of nature to consider all that we’d lose if we lost the owls. Tony’s book “The House of Owls” will be available for purchase and autograph at the banquet.
Tony Angell has written and illustrated numerous books in the fields of art and natural history, primarily about birds. His sculptures in bronze and stone have been exhibited regularly for some forty years. Tony left California at age 17 to attend the University of Washington on an athletics scholarship. He earned his BA and MA degrees there and has lived in the Seattle area since. He served as supervisor of environmental education for Washington state’s Department of Public Instruction for more than 30 years while also maintaining an award-winning career as a professional artist.