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Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest 2017

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Ellensburg

Helen McCabe State Park, Canyon Road, Ellensburg, Washington

414 South Willow Street

Ellensburg, WA 98926

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Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest

Check out event details at our Bird Fest website

Come bird with KEEN for 3-days during the second weekend of May and discover the natural beauty of Central Washington State! Kittitas County features diverse and spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains, thousands of acres of public forest, lush riparian corridors and endangered shrub-steppe open space.

The Yakima River Canyon is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with some of the highest densities of passerines and birds of prey in the State, some of them obligates to the shrub-steppe habitat.

The Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will offer expert-led field trips, vendors, extended field trips, lectures and keynote speakers, social events and music, and a plethora of bird watching during early spring!

Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest will run concurrently with KEEN’s 18th Annual Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe event. Running these two events concurrently will allow birders the opportunity to learn about wildflowers, geology, keystone species like Bighorn sheep and endangered salmon.

State and Federal parking passes are required to attend Bird Fest for most activities. Please check into http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ and https://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/passes.php

Event Schedule at a Glance

FRIDAY MAY 12

  • Bird Fest Registration at Bird Fest Central @Helen McCabe Park (4:00pm-10:00pm) - ADA Accessible
  • Bird Fest Social Hour at the pub by Ironhorse Brewery (7:00pm-10:00pm) - ADA Accessible

SATURDAY MAY 13

  • Bird Fest Registration at Bird Fest Central @Helen McCabe Park (6:00am-1:00pm) - ADA Accessible
  • Free Guided Bird Watching Field Trips at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area (6:00am-1:00pm) - ADA Accessible (Parking Lot Bird Watching
  • Satellite Field Trip to Bullfrog & Railroad Ponds (6:30 am—2:00pm)** - ADA Accessible (not wheelchairs)
  • Satellite Field Trip to Ginkgo-Wanapum State Park (6:30 am—2:00pm)**
  • Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area (9:00am-1:00pm) - ADA Accessible
  • Mist Netting Workshop at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area (9:00am-1:00pm)
  • Falconry and Raptors at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area (9:00am-1:00pm) - ADA Accessible
  • Kids Activities Habitat Restoration Bird Fest Central @ Helen McCabe Park (9:00am-1:00pm)
  • Paul Bannick Photography Workshop at CWU Science II Rm 103 (2:00pm – 6:00pm) ** - ADA Accessible
  • Introduction to Avian Illustration Workshop at Gallery One (2:00pm – 6:00pm) ** ADA Accessible
  • Birding by Ear at Helen McCabe Park (2:00pm –6:00pm) - ADA Accessible (not wheelchairs)
  • Birding by Ear at Teanaway Community Forest (2:00pm –6:00pm)
  • Keynote Speaker Dinner with Paul Bannick and Silent Auction at Canyon River Ranch Lodge (7:00pm-10:00pm) ** ADA Accessible
  • Owling in the Woods Carpool to locations tbd (8:00pm-12:00am)

SUNDAY MAY 14

  • Self-guided field trips using Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest Map
  • Carpool Trips
  1. Hayward Hill Bluebird Monitoring along Highway 10 (10:00am)
  2. Bald Eagle Nest Photography in the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway (7:00am) - ADA Accessible
  3. Wildflower and Wind Power Walk at Wildhorse Windfarm Visitors Center (11:00am)
  • Bird Fest Concludes—See You Next Year!

**these activities have additional fees

Find out more information about Ellensburg here.

Local hotels and restaurants to visit during your stay.


FAQs

What does the weekend pass get me into? -

KEEN offers a drop-off day camp for bird fest participants so the serious birders in the family can take advantage of slow and quiet observations while kids enjoy nature-based activities at the park. *Additional fee required.

Do I have to buy a weekend pass to attend any of the fee workshops/special events?

KEEN offers a drop-off day camp for bird fest participants so the serious birders in the family can take advantage of slow and quiet observations while kids enjoy nature-based activities at the park. *Additional fee required.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The Friday night social hour is a 21+ only event at a local brewery.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We highly encourage carpooling! Parking in the Yakima River Canyon is limited. Most field trips are self-transport and there are 2 additional-fee bus field trips. Main event headquarters are at Helen McCabe State Park and parking is limited.

What can I bring into the event?

Please be sure to dress for the event. Spring in the Yakima River Canyon can have highly variable weather conditions. Ellensburg, Washington has a cold semi-arid steppe climate. The month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 63°F to 71°F over the course of the month, exceeding 83°F or dropping below 54°F only one day in ten. We also encourage binoculars, cameras, spotting scopes, hiking equipment and sun protection.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact KEEN via email at kittitasee@gmail.com with any questions.

What's the refund policy?

This event is fully refundable minus processing fees up to 10 days ahead of the event. After that time, 50% of costs will be refunded.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring proof of payment to event registration at event headquarters - Helen McCabe Park.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please send an email to kittitasee@gmail.com

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, if your plans change and you want to support someone else to attend the event, please just give them your registraiton materials.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, no problem!

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Helen McCabe State Park, Canyon Road, Ellensburg, Washington

414 South Willow Street

Ellensburg, WA 98926

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