BirdFest & Bluegrass 2014
October 4-5, 2014

The 2014 Schedule will be available in August. Here are examples of the kinds of programs that occur during BirdFest & Bluegrass.

Special Events and Tours, by reservation only
Pre-Registration Required on ALL Tours. Tours fill quickly. Check with the Friends Info booth at Davis Park for available spots due to cancellations.

Bird eating fish

Sandhill Crane Tours
(5 tours available) $25 per person
Friday 5:00 pm, Saturday 6:00 am and 5:00 pm, Sunday 6:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

The most unique wildlife viewing experience BirdFest has to offer, this is a once in a lifetime chance to hear and see the magnificent flight of hundreds of sandhill cranes as they visit their night roost. Join expert staff to learn about cranes and wildlife. Meet at the Vistors Contact Station on the River ‘S’ Refuge Unit 15 minutes before the tour time and wear weather appropriate footwear and clothing in muted, neutral colors. Participants will be required to walk approximately 500 yards over rough, uneven terrain to get to a viewing blind. Please assess your own abilities for this event. For directions to the River ‘S’ Unit’s Visitor Contact Station go to: Have questions, call the Refuge office at 360-887-4106.
For reservations, go to:

Deserted refuge

Beginners Digital Photography Workshop
Saturday 10:00 to 11:00. Budding photographers of all ages are invited to take this intro level digital photography workshop. Participants will learn the basics of nature photography, such as lighting, camera settings, choosing your subject matter, and proportions. Bring your own camera, or borrow one of ours for the workshop. Space is limited. Contact to register or for more info.

Photography Contest
Photography contest winners will be announced at the Welcome Ceremony on Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 at the main tent in Davis Park. Pro Photo Supply will be on hand to announce the winners in both the adult and youth category and to hand out the gift card prizes. The winning photographs will be on display inside the Birder’s Marketplace/Ridgefield Community Center throughout the weekend.

Friends of the Refuge
P.O. Box 1022
Ridgefield, WA 98642