Wings Over Willapa
September 27 - September 29Free – $20
Wings Over Willapa
September 26 through 29, 2019
Wings Over Willapa is a multi-day bird festival taking place in one of the richest bird destinations in North America – Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, including the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Held during the fall migration, the festival is highlighted by great birding for beginner to advanced birders. In addition to birding and tour opportunities, the festival provides art classes, presentations on nature and citizen science projects, and special free activities for children and families. A no-fee registration is required. Events range from free to minimal costs.
Experts will lead bird identification walks in the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and teach classes ranging from beginning birding to bird friendly landscaping at key locations around the refuge and peninsula, including Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco. Other highlights include a day-long pelagic boat trip to see species not normally seen from land; a guided tour to Long Island to an ancient old-growth Cedar Grove; an oyster industry outdoor classroom aboard an oyster boat; a small group birding tour with an oyster farm visit north of the peninsula; and a nature photography workshop.
Hosted by the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, the festival is free to the public. A no-fee registration is required with nominal fees charged for some of the classes and tours. All children’s activities are free. For registration information and a schedule of events, please visit www.wingsoverwillapa.org.
Birding on the Long Beach Peninsula
Designated sites of international significance by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, Willapa Bay and the Long Beach Peninsula boast many and varied habitats within a concentrated geographic region as well as relatively easy access to prize birding spots. Tidal mudflats, along with adjacent salt marshes, pastures, and outer beaches, provide large concentrations of shorebirds with diverse habitats that are critical for feeding and roosting. This region represents the largest remaining area of tidal mudflat habitat and coastal salt marsh habitat in southwestern Washington and the second largest estuary on the United States Pacific coast.