Birding Festivals

Birding festivals are an enjoyable way to travel to new places, see new birds, make new friends, and just get away from it all. Most festivals are well-organized, usually with guided field trips and presentations by experts in various subjects.

Participation at birding festivals supports birding and habitat conservation in the local areas where they are held. There are numerous bird festivals in Washington, Idaho, and adjoining states.  Many of them are listed below.  See the festival websites for current information.  See also these website for more festival listings (regional and national):

Great Blue Heron


Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls OR.  Begun as the Klamath Falls Eagle Conference, this is the longest-running festival in the US.

Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival, Stanwood WA.  Speakers, tours, special events, and thousands of Snow Geese.


Brant Wildlife Festival, Vancouver Island, BC. A variety of activities over several weeks time.

Wings Over Water – Northwest Birding Festival, Blaine WA.  Viewing stations, seminars, exhibits, field trips, thousands of Brandts, and more.

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, Othello WA.  Tours, speakers, banquet, silent auction, and thousands of Sandhill Cranes.


Olympic Peninsula BirdFest, Sequim WA.  Specializes in seabirds and features tours of local bays and coastlines and island cruises.  Also Olympic Owl Prowl, banquet, and silent auction.

John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, Harney County OR.  Tours, workshops, banquet, art show, and other activities.

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, Hoquiam WA.  Speakers, field trips, banquet, auction, fun fair, vendor, tens of thousands of shorebirds, and more.


Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival, Leavenworth WA.  Speakers, field trips, wildflower walks, art, family activities, and more.

Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, La Grande OR.  Presentations, guided bird walk, field trips, music, and kids’ activities


Wings Across the Big Sky Bird Festival, Bozeman MT. Field trips, speakers, and fun activities.


Oregon Shorebird Festival, Charleston OR.  A small festival with water-based field trips, land-based field trips, and a chartered pelagic trip.

Puget Sound Bird Fest, Edmonds, WA.  Speakers, guided walks, land- and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities.

Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds, Kona to Hilo, HI. Learn about habitats and conservation from speakers and scientists.


Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, Fraser River Valley, Canada.  Honors the bald eagle and cycle of the salmon.