BirdFest 2013 will be held on October 5-6, 2013

Special Events and Tours, by reservation only – October 4th, 5th & 6th 2013
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.


Bird Language Workshop
Saturday 3:00 to 8:00. A collection of skills and principles largely forgotten by modern people, Bird Language Knowledge has helped people survive and thrive for tens of thousands of years, and is now entering the scientific dialogue. Through this practice, people learn to walk with less impact and more conscious awareness. Jon Young’s newest book, “What the Robin Knows: How the Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World,” reveals “deep bird language” as a way to foster enthusiasm for and connection with birds, wildlife, and conservation. Come join us beginning with a presentation on The Shapes of Alarms followed by an evening outdoor bird sit, mapping session, and debrief. Suggested donation: $25 per individual or $35 for a family or couple. 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