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Puget Sound Water Front

The Puget Sound region consists of Puget Sound itself, the islands of Puget Sound, the Kitsap Peninsula, plus the mainland counties which form both the western and eastern sides of Puget Sound leading up to the edges of the watershed in the high crests of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Read more...

Edmonds Marsh

The Edmonds Marsh is one of the few urban saltwater estuaries remaining in the Puget Sound area. Before settlement this salt marsh occupied nearly 40 acres. Development has reduced this area to 22.5 acres. Read more...

Guided Birding Walks

Edmonds is stop #1 on the Cascades Loop of “The Great Washington State Birding Trail” map, recently developed by Audubon Washington. The trail includes seven loops, highlighting the best birding sites throughout the state. Visit prime birding locations in Edmonds, such as Puget Sound waterfront, the Edmonds Marsh, Yost Park and other natural areas. Read more...



September 12-13, 2020



Thanks for joining us for the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest Online!


Missed something during the Fest? Click here to view highlights from the weekend


People’s Choice Photo Exhibition and Contest - Congratulations to our winners!

We sent a call out to Puget Sound photographers to give us their ‘best shot’ for the Puget Sound Bird Fest Photo Exhibition. Both amateur and professional photographers were invited to participate. Photos had to be of bird species typically found in the Puget Sound region, and be submitted in either the adult (18+) or youth category. The Adult contest winner won a pair of Olympus 8x42 Pro Binoculars donated by Olympus Corporation of America and the Youth contest winner won a one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, donated by Adobe. Voting closed at midnight on Saturday, but you can still view the  entries online!

Adult contest winner 2020
Adult Contest WInner
Donna Batch "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
The winner of the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest Online Adult Photo Contest is Donna Batch with her dramatic photo of a Great Blue Heron called "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner".  Donna has won a pair of 8x42 Olympus Pro Binoculars donated by Olympus of America.  The runner up is Kellie Moeller with her serene image of a Harlequin Duck, called "Harlequin Happiness".

See all the entries in the Adult category here: https://pollunit.com/polls/za7scesmowrwp3szk1idwq


Youth contest winner 2020Youth Contest Winner
Jacob Miller "I'm in Charge Around Here"
The winner of the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest Online Youth Photo Contest is Jacob Miller with his delightful photo of an American Kestrel, called "I'm in Charge Around Here".  Jacob has won a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, compliments of Adobe.  The runner up is Meridith Garland with her excellent photo of a Hermit Thrush, called "Shelter in Place with Hermit Thrush".

See all the entries in the Youth category here: https://pollunit.com/polls/uvqbeyobs99rphe62vomig



Many thanks to Jeff Huth for managing our photo contest this year!



Our dedicated Planning Committee started planning the 2020 event in January, when we all thought it was going to be business as usual. After making the bold decision to continue on with the Fest in a virtual format, these talented and dedicated leaders got right to work compiling and creating a collection of activities that we hope you will find fun and engaging. This event would not have happened without their hard work. Thank you!



 Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, Bird Fest did not seek financial sponsorship for the event this year. However, the following orgazations generously donated prizes: Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation (poster art contest), Olympus Corporation of America, and Adobe. Thank you!


Edmonds - A Great Place for Birding Year-Round 

Edmonds offers birders a wide variety of habitats: salt water, fresh water, wetlands, fields, ravines, woods, and lots of back yards! Several birders keep track of the species seen each year within the city limits. They have documented 263 species in the city. In a typical year 180-190 species are seen. Some are year-round residents and some are just passing through on migration. Some winter here and others just spend the summer. Some are one-time vagrants.  Click here for up-to-date online postings of bird sightings in Edmonds and other birding hotspots around Washington State.  Also check out the Bird Lore column at MyEdmondsNews.com. Click to see current photos of Edmonds Bald Eagles.


Puget Sound Bird Fest is organized by the City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Economic Development Departments.  

Birds of Edmonds, Washington


A Complete Checklist

 Compiled and donated to the City of Edmonds by Ted Peterson, and is the result of 14 years of observations. It includes birds seen in all types of habitats within the city limits of Edmonds, Washington. The best places with public access to look for birds are the Edmonds Marsh, parks on the Puget Sound shoreline, the Public Fishing Pier, and Yost Memorial Park. See the Great Washington State Birding Trail – Cascades Loop for more great birding sites near Edmonds.
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Best Birding Practices

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Birders should keep an appropriate distance from all species they observe. Stay on marked trails and avoid entering restricted areas, no matter how tempting it may be to venture closer to a bird. Disturbing a bird’s feeding area or nesting sites can cause unhealthy stress and fear that may drive the bird away, not only out of range of the birder’s observations but permanently forcing the bird to find a safer, less disturbed habitat where it will not be able to be observed.

The goals of Puget Sound Bird Fest are to: Promote local birding, and conservation of habitat. Educate residents on bird-friendly gardening and the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. 

Link up with the City of Edmonds

You can easily find complete tourist information about lodging, dining and shopping in Edmonds just by browsing Visitedmonds.com.

Steering Committee

The Puget Sound Bird Fest Steering Committee is composed of the following members of the community and City of Edmonds staff:

Cindi Cruz - City of Edmonds, Community Services & Economic Development
Jennifer Leach - Environmental Education & Sustainability Coordinator, City of Edmonds
Susie Schaefer - Program Chair, Pilchuck Audubon Society

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