September 9-11, 2016
The annual Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington, one of Seattle’s best events, includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.
The area is a haven for Bald Eagles.
Puget Sound Bird Fest Attractions
Edmonds offers birders a wide variety of habitats: salt water, fresh water, wetlands, fields, ravines, woods, and lots of back yards! Several birders keep track of the species seen each year within the city limits. They have documented 263 species in the city. In a typical year 180-190 species are seen. Some are year-round residents and some are just passing through on migration. Some winter here and others just spend the summer. Some are one-time vagrants. Click here for up-to-date online postings of bird sightings in Edmonds and other birding hotspots around Washington State.
Picturesque Edmonds is distinctive for a rich array of shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bistros that cater to arts and festivals. Many eateries located in the center of town and along the beachfront are all within walkin distance of our festival venue. Within driving distance, even more dining experiences are offered in Edmonds’ neighborhoods of Firdale Village, Five Corners, Perrinville, and Westgate, and in Edmonds’ International District along Highway 99. Parking is free on Edmonds’ streets and in public parking lots but some in downtown have a three-hour limit. The Bird Fest is eagerly anticipated by Edmonds’ locals, so you can always expect to see bonus activities and entertainments around town, with some listed on our event map.
Venue: Edmons, Washington
Edmonds, Washington, a vibrant city 15 miles north of Seattle, is easy to reach by Amtrak and Sound Transit commuter rail, Community Transit buses, Washington State Ferries, automobiles and bicycles.
Edmonds was a well-established town by the turn of the century and the present urban form preserves many characteristics of its historic origins. The community’s location along the west-facing slopes of Puget Sound provides many amenities, including extensive views of the water and Olympic Mountains, access to four beaches and waterfront parks, and convenient access to a compact, walkable downtown area.
The community that became the City of Edmonds grew out of a homestead and logging operation started by George Brackett in 1876. Incorporated in 1890, the original townsite is now occupied primarily by the downtown and adjacent residential areas. The Great Northern Railroad reached the town in 1891 and for many years provided access for goods and passenger travel. Although fires destroyed many of the waterfront mills, shingle production continued to be the primary industry in the city into the 1940s. Ferry service to Kingston began in 1923 when a ferry terminal was built near the location of the existing ferry dock. The present ferry terminal was built in the early 1950s after acquisition of the ferry system by the State of Washington.
Birding Festival Organizer
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, located at the Frances Anderson Center, serves as the community’s key resource for providing parks, open space, recreation programs, and cultural arts for the enjoyment of Edmonds citizens and visitors to the community. The Department plays a vital role in many aspects of community life, with staff liaisons to the Edmonds Library Board, the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery Board, the Planning/Parks Board, and the Edmonds Arts Commission.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
France Anderson Center
700 Main Street Edmonds, Washington 98020