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Bird Festivals

February
  • Winter Wings Festival  (Feb. 13-15, 2009)
    (Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls)
    This community event celebrates the return of Bald Eagles and other raptors and wintering flocks of waterfowl to the Klamath Basin. The Basin is home to the largest concentration of wintering Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. 
    • Field trips to observe Bald Eagles as they fly in and out of their roosting area or forage in the nearby refuges and view the spectacular flocks of waterfowl. 
    • Workshops, mini-sessions, free family activities, and special receptions. 
    • Trish Nixon, the raptor specialist at the Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, will be the keynote speaker on Feb. 15, 2008. Her talk on condor recovery will be preceded by a welcome reception.
    • Photography enthusiasts will have opportunities to sharpen their skills with expert leaders.
Sponsored by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society adn the Klamath Wingwatchers.
Contact:
Travel Klamath at 1-800-445-6728 or 541-882-1501, or call Todd at 541-850-0084.

March
  • "Curlew Day"  (late March)
  • (held in Irrigon at the Umatilla NWR)
    • Each year, the Long-billed Curlew arrives at the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge to partake in courtship rituals, mating, nesting, and raising young. The staff at the UNWR would like to invite the public to join us in celebrating this spring arrival. We will be leading Curlew tours from 8am until 12pm.
    • Contact: Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge
    • 72650 Riverview Lane, Irrigon, OR 97844 
      541-922-4661
April
  • John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival and Art Show  (April 3-5, 2009)
  • (held in Burns and at Malheur NWR, southeast Oregon)
    • An amazing weekend of birding, nature and cultural tours and workshops.  Witness the spectacular Spring Migration in the Harney Basin.  View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's High Desert country.  Waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds--you will see them all!  The festival offers non-stop birding activities as well as cultural and historical tours, speakers, banquet, heritage fair and art show.  
    • New tours have been added this year including one that will take you on a snowcat tour of the Steens and the Kiger Overlook.  Tour the Peter French Round Barn, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Catlow Valley; see Sage Grouse "strut," Sand Hill Cranes nesting, Eagles roosting and much more.  Tours range from $15 for 2 hours tours to $75 for all day tours. 
    Pre-register on website above or with:
    Connie Brumback, Harney County Chamber of Commerce

    76 E. Washington, Burns, OR 97720 
    541-573-2636 or on Website above

May

(Part of International Migratory Bird Day -- Saturday closest to May 9)

  • Klamath Falls IMBD Festival
    For more information on reserving booth space at the Klamath Falls International Migratory Bird Day Festival for displays, kids activities or sales, please contact Lindsey Lyons at 541-883-7131 or lindsey.lyons@oregonstate.edu. Vendors are asked for a $10.00 donation at the time of registration.
June August
  • Oregon Shorebird Festival   (August 28-30, 2009)
  • Charleston, near Coos Bay
    • Experience the wonder of shorebird migration along the scenic Oregon coast at the 20th annual Oregon Shorebird Festival September 8, 9 and 10, 2006.  A full weekend of activities will appeal to birders of all skill levels, including expertly guided land-based and pelagic field trips, evening presentations on current bird research and keynote speaker Dennis Paulson, author of “Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest."
    • To register for the festival or for more information please visit our website or contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.
Environment and Youth Festivals

August

  • Green Gorge Gathering   (Sat, Aug 12, 2006 -- 9:00am - 1:00 pm)
    Have fun and celebrate our community and the environment.  Promote youth mentoring within the Columbia River Gorge region.  Raise awareness of sustainability initiatives in the Pacific Northwest.

    This fundraising event will be held at the Marco Hatfield trailhead in Hood River, and the 5K and 10K runs will be held along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

    For more information: contact either Jenny Halsch at the Next Door Inc. (541-386-6665 x 131, jenniferh@nextdoorinc.org) or Brian Mullis at Sustainable Travel International (503-488-5500, brianm@sustainabletravel.com)

Salmon Festivals

October

  • Salmon Festival  (2nd weekend in October)
  • (held at Metro's Oxbow Regional Park 8 miles east of Gresham.
    Contact:  Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces
    503-797-1850
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Whale and General Wildlife Festivals

March
October

(Part of National Wildlife Refuge Week - second week in October)

  • National Wildlife Refuge Week  (October 12-18, 2003)
  • Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
    (located on Three Capes Scenic Route west of Tillamook)
    541-867-4550

December

  • Whale Watch Week  (end of December)
    Gray whale watching at 29 sites along the Oregon Coast

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Wildflower Festivals

April
  • Glide Wildflower Show  (last full weekend in April)
    (held in Glide, 19 miles east of Roseburg on Hwy 138)

    541-677-3797
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