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Highlights from the 2020 Event


Recorded Webinars and Workshops

Keynote Presentation: Something to Crow About, by Kaeli Swift
Crows and ravens are found on nearly every continent where they routinely infiltrate the hearts and minds of the humans who share their space.  Dr. Swift will discuss some of the general aspects about crows that contribute to our affinity (and sometimes hatred) for them, with a particular emphasis on concepts that are the most frequent questions people have about crows including play, tool use, communal roosting, and funerals. Access to this recording expired September 30, 2020

Birding is for everyone!  How to get started by Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser
Birds are for everyone, and they are everywhere!  They live and love in cities and suburbs, in parks, and along shorelines - all places where people are, too.  If you’ve gotten curious about the birds around you and want to learn more, how do you get started?  Where do you go?  What does it mean to “go birding?”  Should you go alone or with a small group?  Do you actually need to “go” very far? Join Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, Seattle Audubon and Pilchuck Audubon volunteer teacher and long-time birder for a fun, interactive session that will answer these questions and more.  Whitney will highlight resources to help you plan excursions, to get outside, enjoying birds. Whitney will also touch on strategies on how to go from “Duck” to “Gadwall,” though bird ID won’t be her focus. Access to this recording expired September 30, 2020

Community Science Presentations, Chaired by Alan Mearns
Find out what’s happening with birds in our region. Leaders from three community science projects will present 20-minute talks addressing the purpose of their project, how citizens have been involved, what they are learning about the status and trends of our bird life.
Presentations include:
Avian Habitat Use Monitoring at the Edmonds Marsh: The Trials and Tribulations of Bird Research during a Pandemic by Scott Markowitz, Puget Sound Bird Observatory.
Ups and Downs of Birds During Nearly Four Decades of The Edmonds Christmas Bird Count by Rick Taylor, Christmas Bird Count Compiler, Pilchuck Audubon Society.
Longterm Changes in Feeder Watch Birds at an Edmonds Residence: What Happened to Some Common Species? by Alan Mearns, Ecologist and Edmonds Resident.
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Top Tips for Better Bird Photography, by Steve Ball
Trying to take your bird photography up a notch? We will review the top tips in order to improve your images. Some technical tips, some on composition and also behaviors to look for. The goal is to give you more tools to help get you better bird photos. Access to this recording expired September 30, 2020.

Digiscoping Basics made Easy, by Jeff Bouton in partnership with Seattle Audubon
Digiscoping allows photographers to capture incredible wildlife imagery & video footage using the high magnification of a spotting scope with some form of digital imaging device; in its simplest and most commonly practiced form, using your smart phone. None of these devices were designed to work together seamlessly, but many optics manufacturers and some digiscoping pioneers have learned how to make this practice simple and extremely effective. Jeff Bouton with Kowa Sporting Optics has been digiscoping for the past 20 years and has had images published in Outdoor Photographer, PC Photographer, Birding, Birder's World (now Birdwatching), Bird Watcher's Digest, and Wild Bird magazines. He beleives EVERYONE can achieve superb digiscoping results by learning a few simple tricks and understanding how to recognize & correct simple errors. In this webinar Jeff will show you all the mistakes he's already made and show you how to correct these to maximize your results. Join us for this fun event and learn to be a better digiscoper. 
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Black Birders Week

In May 2020, an incident involving a black birder and white dog-walker in Central Park shone a national spotlight on the dangers of racism faced by black birders in America. The incident mobilized black birders, nature lovers, scientists, and outdoor enthusiasts to organize the first Black Birders Week. We have provided links to resources to highlight the conversation started by #BlackBirdersWeek in May 2020. Watch both episodes of Birding While Black, candid conversations with young Black birdwatchers to hear their stories of discovering birds and their unique experiences of birding while Black in America. Explore the articles and social media accounts to follow for additional perspectives and actions. Click here to access resources compiled from Black Birders Week.


Meet the Birds

Join Master Birder Bev Bowe for an accessible guided walk through Edmond's Yost Park, get to know the wild residents of Yost and Pine Ridge parks, and get to know the Sarvey raptors up close and personal! Click here to meet the birds


Marsh Mania: Welcome to the Edmonds Marsh

Find out why the Edmonds Marsh is one of our favorite local birding spots! Explore the marsh through a collection of videos, photo montages, and essays. You’ll get to know the local flora and fauna found in the Marsh throughout the seasons, and see how our local high school students are contributing to our understanding of the Marsh today. Take A Marsh Through Time and learn about the history of the Marsh including the original Coast Salish residents. Click here to access the Edmonds Marsh pages. 


Kids' Corner

We’ve put together some of our favorite links to help you learn more about birds. You will gain information from the Audubon Society, Cornell University, and educational websites, discover books about birds, hear stories about crows, be able to download coloring pages, create birds through crafts, and even find out about the little bones in owl pellets. Click here to visit the Kids Corner.


People's Choice Photo Exhibition and Contest

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. 

Adult contest winner 2020
Adult Contest WInner
Donna Batch "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"



Youth contest winner 2020Youth Contest Winner
Jacob Miller "I'm in Charge Around Here"



View all the contest entries:

Adult Contest Link

Youth Contest Link

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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