Festival of the Birds
Saturday, May 11, 2013
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the City of Portland for a celebration of migratory birds.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and other natural areas in Portland are important to migrating birds for nesting, wintering, resting, and re-fueling. See birds hailing from as far away as Argentina in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, the City of Portland's first designated Migratory Bird Park. This is a free festival for the whole family to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.
- Teen activities begin at 10:30am with a fair trade chocolate presentation.
- The feathers will fly at 11:00am with a performance by Danza Azteca.
- Paul Bannick, author of The Owl & the Woodpecker will speak at 1:00pm.
- Bird art from Metropolitan Learning Center and Roseway Heights School will be on display all day.
- Free guided Bird Walks from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Enjoy bird walks led by local naturalists. You will be amazed by the large variety of migratory birds that use Oaks Bottom and other Portland natural areas during their migratory route. Early bird walk begins at 7:30 AM.
- Children's Activities. Kids will love the bird-related, hands-on activities for children ages 3-11.
Storytelling and live music by local storytellers and musicians. Listen to songs and stories about migratory birds in the Portland area.
- Education Birds from Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center.
- Interactive Displays. Visit with local partners of the Migratory Bird Treaty Program and find out what is happening locally to protect and enhance our bird populations. Our partners for this event are the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Metro Sustainability Center, SOLV, Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Leach Botanical Garden, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Forest Park Conservancy, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and Sunnyside Environmental School.