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Upcoming Events

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service hosts and supports a number of nature-based events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Browse the events below or refine your search by selecting a state in the menu to the left.

  • 22nd Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

    March 22 - 24, 2019
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    Founded in 1998, the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival highlights the spring return of Sandhill Cranes to the greater Othello area and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. The three-day non-profit Festival includes a variety of entertaining, educational, and memorable activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come out and see the migration - it's your nature.

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  • Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

    May 3 - 5, 2019
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    Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed along the Washington Coast and in the Grays Harbor estuary during their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! The concentration of birds during spring migration offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species. With luck you will also see the birds fly together in beautiful formations while trying to escape a Peregrine Falcon.

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  • Carson Kids Fishing Day

    September, 2019
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    Come out and enjoy our 20th Annual Kid's Fishing Day this fall.. The event runs 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, with registration closing at 12:00 pm. Open to all kids aged 12 and under. We provide everything you need for a great day, complete with fish cleaning, mini golfing and refreshments. A great family event!    Stay tuned for further details.

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  • Wings Over Willapa

    September 27 - 29, 2019
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    Join us for our inaugural Wings Over Willapa Festival!  We’ll be celebrating at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge with a day full of classes, workshops, guided tours and more. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages are sure to find plenty to do.

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  • 2019 Birdfest and Bluegrass

    October 4 - 5, 2019
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    2019 marks 20th Annversay of the Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield, Washington.  This nature and music festival is the main event every year that brings awareness to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and all that is has to offer. We celebrate the Sandhill Crane returning to the Refuge, a huge stately bird that is endangered in Washington State, and we celebrate everything the Refuge is and what it brings to the community. With endangered species, hundreds of migratory species, an auto tour route, photo blind, walking trails, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, education and habitat restoration programs, and so much more – there is a lot to celebrate, and a lot to learn. There are workshops, hikes and walks all catered to teach you how to use the Refuge. You can learn how to listen for bird species, identify plants, about the geology of the area, the peoples who came before us and still tend to the land, how to take photos of it all, paint the landscape, and much more.

     

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