Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival
Start planning to attend the next festival: May 3 - 5, 2024
Keynote Speaker, Bart Rulon
From the Field to the Studio – Experience Birds through the eyes of a Wildlife Artist
Experience the adventure of watching birds and wildlife through the eyes of a professional wildlife artist and photographer. This colorful slide
show features the award winning artwork and photography of wildlife
artist Bart Rulon from Whidbey Island, WA. It’s a behind the scenes journey showing how Rulon creates his realistic paintings of birds and
animals starting with the time he spends sketching and photographing in the field. You’ll learn techniques Bart uses to research his subjects in the wild as you see pictures of local birds taken from the vantage point of a kayak, Custom-made photo boat, and a camouflaged floating blind. Bart will share stories about encounters with wildlife he’s had on some of these adventures. Slides demonstrating the progression of a few of his paintings will give you insight on the painting process and birdwatchers interested in photography will appreciate learning some techniques for getting better photos. The slide show has something for everybody that loves birds and wildlife.
Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm
Hoquiam High School Little Theater
Dessert Reception prior to talk begins at 6:45pm
Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $20 using our online registration form.
Saturday, May 6, 5:30pm
Elks Lodge, Hoquiam
DINNER REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED FOR SATURDAY DINNER.
SPEAKER ONLY STILL AVAILABLE.
5:30pm Social & No-host Bar; 6:30pm Dinner; ~ 7:00 Fundraiser;
Adventures with Gyrfalcons in Washington
The Gyrfalcon is the largest and most powerful of 19 falcon species. They nest in arctic and subarctic zones around the world. While most remain in the far north for winter, some migrate south to Washington and other northern states.
Dan Varland has captured and color banded eight Gyrfalcons during 27 years of surveying raptors on the Washington coast. Last June Dan traveled to Arctic Norway to join a research team monitoring Gyrfalcon nesting success in what was their 35th year for this effort. In this presentation, Dan will share his adventures with Gyrfalcons in Washington and Norway.