16th Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Celebration

October 3rd and 4th, 2015

The 2015 schedule of events is being planned currently. To get an idea of what usually happens during BirdFest & Bluegrass, you can check out the 2014 schedule of event on this website. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2015 event schedule to be posted in August of 2015. 

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.

 2014 Programs Included:

2P Roger.vanGelder 8x10 - CopySandhill Crane Tours, (5 tours available) $25 per person. 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 Visitors 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.


Beginners Digital Photography Workshop
, Saturday 10:00 to 12:00. Budding photographers of all ages are digital-camerasinvited 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 Sarah_Hill@fws.gov to register or for more info.


Intro to Watercolor Painting Workshop,Three sessions: Saturday 11:00 to 12:00,intro to watercolor 12:30 to 1:30 and 2:00 to 3:00. In these one-hour workshops, participants will be guided step by step though basic watercolor techniques: how to apply a wash, how to apply details with light and shadow, and the effect of distance on colors as they paint a sunset scene in the forest to take home. This workshop will be led by skilled artists and Friends and Refuge volunteers Ron Ward and Laura DeVito, and is appropriate for upper elementary students to adults. Space is limited in each of the sessions, Contact Sarah_Hill@fws.gov to register or for more info.

Bird Language for Beginners
, Saturday 9:00 to 1:00. If you have ever listened to birds sing, you may have HM-Gary.Davenport-8x12noticed that they use different sounds at different times. By picking up on what the birds are telling each other, you can begin to get a bigger picture on what is happening in the ecosystem you are in. In this workshop, participants will learn the five voices birds use to communicate, learn the shapes of bird alarms, and do a bird listening sit and debrief session. This workshop will give participants will have foundational knowledge and resources to go further into the study of Bird Language and aims to foster a deeper connection to nature and wildlife. Contact Sarah_Hill@fws.gov to register or for more info.

Photography Contest Awards, Saturday, October 5th at 10:00. Photography contest winners will be announced at the Welcome Ceremony 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.