Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival
E V E N T S 2014
PLEASE NOTE: Friday field trips leave from and return to the Grays Harbor NWR Office on Airport Way. Saturday
and Sunday field trips leave from and return to Hoquiam High School.
Tokeland, Grayland and Westport Loop
Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm
Field Trip Leaders: Bruce LaBar, Phil Kelley, and Charlie Wright
This field trip will take you to the best shorebird
viewing areas along the coast! Target birds are 22 species
of shorebirds including Snowy Plover, Willet, and Long-billed
Curlew. Good numbers of waterfowl and other water species
will be encountered along the way. "Streaked" Horned
Larks and Lapland Longspurs will also be sought after at Midway
Beach Road. There will be some walking at Midway Beach Road;
the remainder of the day will involve short visits to key
areas in search of shorebirds. Bring a lunch and dress appropriately.
Shores - $35
Friday, 8:30am - 3pm
Trip Leaders: Terry Sisson and Whittier Johnson
Saturday, 8:30am - 3pm
Trip Leaders: Charlie Wright and Phil Kelley
beautiful coastal resort town hosts some of the best birding
spots on the West Coast with more species per location than
anywhere else in the State of Washington. The tour will visit
a variety of habitats and upwards of 60 species may be found.
Highlights on this trip include: Semipalmated Plover, Whimbrel,
Marbled Godwit and Sanderling. Wandering Tattler, Surfbird,
and Rock Sandpiper are possible on the Jetty.
Grenville - $40
Saturday, 9am - 3pm
Trip Leaders: Marcus Roening, Faye McAdams-Hands, and Diane Yorgason-Quinn
Point Grenville is a great vantage point from which to observe
seabirds over the open ocean. Pelagic Cormorants, Common
Murres and Tufted Puffins nest in the scenic seastacks. This
may be the southern-most nesting area for the "Sooty"
Fox Sparrow. Point Grenville is on Quinault Tribal lands and
a Tribal guide will accompany the trip. Uneven, easy to moderate
path; wear appropriate footwear.
Quinault and Rain Forest - $25
Saturday, 9am - 3:30pm
Trip Leaders: Janet Strong and Mary O'Neil
The finest temperate rain forest is at the foot of the Olympic
Mountains. The natural history of the old growth forest, especially
plant life, will be emphasized on short hikes with views of
majestic trees, forest birds, and breeding habitat for owls
and murrelets. Birds possibly seen on this trip include: Steller's
Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and Winter Wren. With luck,
we may also find American Dipper, Gray Jay, and Merlin. Trails
are easy to moderate walking; wear appropriate footwear.
for Beginners - $15
11am - 1pm
Trip Leaders: Scott Morrison and Art Pavey
bus takes you to the Sandpiper Trail at Grays Harbor NWR where
you will walk to the prime shorebird viewing area at the tip
of Bowerman Peninsula. As the shorebirds gather on the mudflats,
you can learn to distinguish a Western Sandpiper from a Dunlin.
Other possible birds include: Least Sandpiper, Black-bellied
Plover, Red Knot, and Peregrine Falcon.
This field trip is sponsored by Chateau Westport
Sunday, 9:30am - 4pm
Trip Leaders: Scott Morrison and Kristin Stewart
special coast town, Westport is famous for its picturesque
marina, fishing, and whale watching trips. Excellent birding
places are the Westport (South) Jetty and Half Moon Bay, Johns
River Wildlife Area, and Bottle Beach State Park. Scores of species will
be found including: Greater Yellowlegs, Red Knot, Sanderling,
and Western Gull.
Lectures, Seminars and Workshops
The Joy of Shorebirds - $10
Saturday, 2pm - 3pm, Lecturer Tom Rowley
Join this local birder and photographer as he shares his love of shorebirds with you. Using his beautiful photographs, Tom will provide some interesting information about many of the most common shorebirds found along the Washington Coast.
Shorebird Identification Basics - $10
Saturday, 9:30am -10:30am, Lecturer Scott Morrison
Sunday,10am - 11am, Lecturer TBA
identification can be tricky. With the help of experienced birders you will become familiar with the more common
shorebirds so that you, too, can identify them in the field!
You are encouraged to follow up this lecture with the "Shorebirds
for Beginners" Saturday field trip to Grays Harbor NWR and the free guided walk on Sunday.
Mudflat Meals: See What Shorebirds Have for Dinner - Free
Saturday, 2pm - 3pm
Estuaries are teaming with life even in the most unexpected places. Some mudflats are estimated to contain as many as 40,000 organisms per cubic inch of mud! Learn about the amazing critters living in the mudflats. Don't take it from me, come and see them yourself through microscopes and on a video monitor. Great for kids.
Speaker (7:30) and Dessert Reception (7:00) - $15
7pm - 9m
evening will start with a dessert reception at 7pm. At 7:30pm,
the keynote speaker, Dr. John Marzluff will present his
more at the bottom of this page.)
Guided Walks at Grays Harbor
NWR - Free
Friday, 9:30am - 11:30am
Sunday, 11:30am - 1:30pm
naturalist along the Sandpiper Trail during peak shorebird
viewing times. The trail is flat and easy walking, about 2
miles round-trip. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Refuge Kiosk
on Airport Way.
Shorebird Festival Run/Walk
Saturday, 9am - 10am registration; 10am - 11am run/walk
$5 without shirt; $15 with Shorebird Festival T-shirt
includes a 2 mile run/walk, and a 5k and 10k run. Awards will be given to
overall winners of each race as well as 1st-3rd in each age
division. Pre-register (360-532-5700, ext. 240) for a Shorebird
Festival T-shirt! Registration is at Hoquiam City Hall, 609 8th Street.
Nature Fun Fair - Free
Sunday, 9am - 4pm
Wildlife art projects and activities including Shorebird on
a Stick, thumbprint art, button making, and more! Great for
Shorebird Festival Poster
Contest Awards Ceremony - Free
Saturday, 1pm - 2pm
Grays Harbor County students, grades 1-6, design Shorebird
Festival Posters for competition. Winning posters
are displayed and awards are given during the Shorebird Festival.
Birding Marketplace - Free
Sunday, 9am - 4pm
Exhibitors and vendors of bird and nature items (such as bird
feeding supplies, books, wildlife art, and crafts) will be
present to sell their goods and answer your questions.
Dinner, Auction - The Elks in Hoquiam
Saturday, 5:30pm-9pm; $25
Doors open at 5:30pm with a no-host bar followed by dinner at
6:30pm. A live auction, with great items from local businesses,
will follow dinner. Pre-registration is required by April 23rd for this event. The Elks is located at 624 K Street in downtown
Hoquiam. All proceeds benefit the Shorebird Festival and Grays
Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.
Dr. John Marzluff
Gifts of the Crow
Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. They have brains that are huge for their body size and exhibit an avian kind of eloquence. They mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. They often live near people and the ongoing connection between humans and crows—a cultural co-evolution—has shaped both species for millions of years. The characteristics of crows that allow this symbiotic relationship are language, delinquency, frolic, passion, wrath, risk-taking, and awareness—seven traits that humans find strangely familiar.
With his extraordinary research on the intelligence and startling abilities of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—scientist John Marzluff tells amazing stories of these brilliant birds in Gifts of the Crow, shining a light on their fascinating characteristics and behaviors. Teamed with artist and fellow naturalist Tony Angell, they offer an in-depth look at these complex creatures and our shared behaviors, illustrated with gorgeous line drawings.
With its abundance of funny, awe-inspiring, and poignant stories, Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who are nothing short of amazing. A testament to years of painstaking research, this fully illustrated, riveting talk is a thrilling look at one of nature’s most wondrous creatures.
About the Speaker
Dr. John Marzluff is Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His research has been the focus of articles in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Boys Life, The Seattle Times, and National Wildlife. PBS’s NATURE featured his raven research in its production, “Ravens,” and his crow research in the film documentary,
“A Murder of Crows.”