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Shorebird Festival a Great Success!

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Shorebird numbers were increasing each day during this year’s Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, and the spring shorebird migration peaked on Sunday, April 28 when biologists counted some 48,000 shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. Festival sponsors, The City of Hoquiam, Grays Harbor Audubon Society and Grays Harbor NWR estimated 1,150 people attended this year’s Festival. Though the festival features many events, the main attraction and the highlight for many was, of course, seeing the amazing shorebirds on their stopover during their long migration north.

The Festival, held the last weekend in April in Hoquiam, included three action packed days with field trips, lectures, exhibitors, vendors, a banquet, auction and shorebird viewing. Kids and families enjoyed the nature Fun Fair and the Shorebird Festival Poster Contest Awards Ceremony. The auction raised $3730 of which $1700 was donated specially to support the Grays Harbor NWR AmeriCorps Education Volunteer.

The Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival could not happen without a large number of volunteers from several organizations helping to organize the event and working throughout the weekend. A big thank you goes to the volunteers with Grays Harbor Audubon Society, Nisqually and Grays Harbor NWR’s, and the Washington Service Corps/AmeriCorps.

For more details about the 2013 Festival go to: . Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Festival set for April 25-27, 2013. Start looking for shorebirds returning on their migration south beginning in mid-July. The fall migration lasts though September.
Page Photo Credits — photo by John Keith/USFWS
Last Updated: Jun 07, 2013
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