Birdfest & Bluegrass in Ridgefield, WA October 4 & 5

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 5:00pm
Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
28908 NW Main Ave
Ridgefield, WA 97219
United States

Birdfest and Bluegrass Nature Festival brings weekend of discovery Oct. 4th & 5th, invitation to explore the beauty of nature and wonders of our ecoregion.
RIDGEFIELD, WA - Again this year, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2014, Birdfest and Bluegrass offers the chance to discover nature right in the Portland metro area's own backyard, with a weekend packed with activities for visitors of all ages and interests. The annual festival is a celebration of the fall migration and opportunity to experience wildlife of the region and local history firsthand. Leading names in bluegrass provide musical accompaniment. Ridgefield with its small-town charm is a just a 25-minute drive from Portland. One of the festival's signature events is the opportunity to observe sandhill cranes fly in and out of their night roost in a special sanctuary that is otherwise closed to the public. Admission to the refuge is free during Birdfest and Bluegrass. Activities include guided bird and nature walks, live bird shows, tours of Cathlapotle Plankhouse, demonstrations of Native American life and traditions, and a salmon bake with samplings on Sunday. Children can learn about nature and have fun at the craft stations, storytelling tent and at the Audubon Society's live bird show. Special offerings on both days include guided kayak and canoe tours, Kiwa Trail tour and the spectacular sandhill crane tours at dawn and dusk. These tours are offered on a limited basis and fill quickly, with reservations and fees required. For more information and a schedule of events, go to

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
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“We’re fortunate to have a world-class wildlife refuge so close to a metropolitan area, even though the pressures of daily life don’t always make it easy to get away,” said Sarah Hill, Plankhouse director of Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. “Birdfest is the perfect time for families to experience everything this great region offers -- its diverse wildlife, scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage.” As an example she cited the opportunity to observe sandhill cranes fly in and out of their night roost in a special sanctuary at the refuge. Birdfest is the only time the general public is able to visit this area for a unique wildlife viewing experience that has become one of the festival’s signature events.
Most events are free

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Russ Roseberry
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