Festival FAQs


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Q:  When did Bird Fest start?
A:  Bird Fest was started in 2005, as a celebration of birds and nature.  The first three years the festival was held in May, coinciding with International Migratory Bird Day.  In 2008 the festival date was changed to September, to take advantage of the calm winds and balmy late-summer weather and to increase the possibility of encountering migrating shorebirds and other Puget Sound birds.

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.
• Draw more visitors to appreciate Edmonds’ spectacular natural environment, vibrant local businesses, and thriving arts community.

Q:  What are the venues for Puget Sound Bird Fest Activities?
A:  The Edmonds Plaza Room is at 650 Main Street, above the Edmonds Library.  The Friday evening Opening Reception and Keynote Speaker will be there.  Next door at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, is where you’ll find the Registration Table, Exhibits, Kids’ Activities, and Speaker Presentations all day Saturday.  Most other activities, guided walks, and field trips either take place at or depart from nearby locations.

Q:  Are kids welcome at Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  Yes!  We have special activities planned for kids, and our schedule indicates “Family Friendly” activities suitable for all ages, including young children.

Q:  Is child care available at Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  No.

Q:  Is there a cost for Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  General admission is free including all speakers and presentations on Saturday, Exhibits and Kids’ Activities, Interpretive Activities at the Edmonds Marsh, Tours of the Wildlife Habitat and Native Plant Demonstration Garden, and some guided walks.  Other guided walks and trips require advance registration and a fee. Starting in 2019, the Friday night Keynote Event requires advanced registration, though the event is still free. 

Q:  Can I attend speaker presentations at the Frances Anderson Center and Plaza Room without registering first?
A:  Although there is no charge for attending the speaker presentations, we ask that you sign in at the Registration Table.  In order to keep this as a free event, we need to have attendance records.

Q:  Will I have to pay for parking at Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  No.  Parking is free on the streets and in public parking lots in Edmonds.  Some parking areas have a three-hour limit.

Q:  Can I use public transportation to get to Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  Yes.  Community Transit buses serve Edmonds and the surrounding communities.

Q:  Can I bring my dog to Puget Sound Bird Fest?
A:  NO DOGS are allowed on guided walks, field trips, or at any of the presentations or bird-viewing stations.

Q:  If I am late to hear a speaker, can I still get in?
A:  Yes, but please enter quietly so as not to disturb the audience or speaker.

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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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