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March 2, 2011
Birding and Blues Festival April 9-11, 2011
Birding & Blues Festival returns April 8-10

What: Birding & Blues Festival
Where: Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, Oregon
When: April 8-10, 2011
Cost: $25 for 3-day adult pass, $10 for 3-day student pass

Pacific City, Ore. — Registration for the eighth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is now open at the event’s web site, www.birdingandblues.com.

Held April 8-10 in Pacific City, the event features a slate of birding experts including Stephen Shunk of Paradise Birding, who will debut his presentation "Pacific Coast Waterbirds: Albatrosses, Sea Ducks & Sandpipers" at the festival. His talk is part of three days of lectures by respected regional birding experts, as well as two live birds of prey exhibitions. Seminars will address topics ranging from bird conservation to the natural history of seabirds, from the migration trends of Vaux’s Swift to white-cheeked goose monitoring — and much more.

For the outdoor minded, the festival features 12 birding hikes led by experienced birders to a wide variety of local habitat. Amongst the offerings are trips to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Clay Myers State Natural Area, Camp Winema and Neskowin Marsh.

Registration for three days of excursions and seminars is $50 for immediate families, $25 for adults and $10 for students. Birding & Blues has something to offer all ages and interests — even a free Community Open House on Friday afternoon.

A free birds of prey demonstration will be offered Friday evening and kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great hall in a children’s activity where kids will paint a series of bird banners. There will also be a complimentary bird and wildlife photography presentation on Friday.

For a different vantage point, birders can opt for one of the festival’s boating excursions. Trips include four 90-minute boat tours on Nestucca Bay on Saturday and three kayak expeditions on the Nestucca on Sunday, as well as an all-day boat trip on Tillamook Bay on Friday. And back by popular demand is the Three Capes Scenic Tour, which takes birders on a 60-mile round trip that features views of the Pacific Ocean, bays, headlands, forests, rivers and pastures — each a unique birding habitat. Additional fees apply to add-on excursions.

Music is always a part of any Birding and Blues celebration and this year is no exception. This year the festival welcomes the rollicking blues sound of Kolvane on Friday, April 8 and the award-winning Ty Curtis Band on Saturday, April 9 at Kiawanda Community Center. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Admission to each concert is $10 or opt for a special pass that includes festival field trips and seminars, as well as both concerts. The music won’t be limited to the Community Center performances. The Cooper Jennings Blues Root Duo will play a free concert Friday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Twist Wine Bar (503-965-6887) and the Purple Cats will be featured the Oar House Bar & Grill (503-965-6001) on Saturday at 10 p.m.

In another festival-related event, the music-infused poetry of the Fisher Poets will offer up their literary talent at Rowboat Gallery (503-965-4590) on Saturday, April 9, starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the 2011 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit www.birdingandblues.com. Register early to secure space in your preferred hiking excursion or boating trip. The 2011 Birding & Blues Festival is presented by its many generous sponsors and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:58 PM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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