The Olympic Peninsula Bird Festival, three days of field trips and events held each April in Sequim, Washington, was recently canceled for 2022 because of covid-related concerns. The Dungeness River Nature Center and Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society will instead celebrate birds for the entire month of April. While planning gets underway, the following events, originally scheduled to coincide with BirdFest, are still on offer:
- BirdFest BirdQuest is a game played in downtown Sequim for the entire month of April. Fifteen to 20 bird-art pieces created by Sequim High Schoolers are hidden in various businesses. Find them and vote for your favorite. Prizes! Sponsored by The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce https://olympicbirdfest.org/birdfest-birdquest/
- A trip of a lifetime, 3-day birding cruise to the San Juan Islands, with on-shore overnight lodging at the Earthbox Inn & Spa in Friday Harbor. April 19-21, 2022. See orca and other whales, sea lions, harbor seals, and hundreds of birds. To see details and reserve (limited space, so book early): https://olympicbirdfest.org/san-juan-islands-cruise/
- 7 Cedars Resort Hotel, newly open in 2021, will offer special packages for visiting birders throughout April. The resort hotel, is adjacent to the Olympic Discovery Trail at Blyn on the south end of Sequim Bay. Great birding here at low tide and in nearby woodlands. www.7cedars.com
- Current information and schedules will be posted in the next few months on the following websites: www.dungenessrivercenter.org www.olympicpeninsulaaudubon.org
Next year’s BirdFest will be held Thurs.-Sun., April 13-16. Registration opens January 1, 2023.