A first-time festival strictly for the birds

Photo by Greg Gillson, Pacific NW Birder

More and more enthusiasts from around the world are making Ashland their base camp for birding. The first-ever Mountain Bird Festival is coming to Ashland from May 30 to June 1, 2014. Klamath Bird Observatory will host this community conservation event this spring in partnership with the City of Ashland, the Ashland Chamber of CommerceScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and many other organizations. The Mountain Bird Festival combines a celebration of the region’s spectacular mountain birds with the stewardship ethic needed to ensure thriving landscapes for humans and wildlife. Every citizen who participates in this festival acts as a significant steward of the science that drives conservation.

The Mountain Bird Festival offers guided bird walks, keynote presentations, fine art galleries, cocktail parties, music, local foods, and a feel-good community atmosphere. We will have half-day and full day field trips both Saturday and Sunday (specialty mountain bird species are listed below). Some of their target birds are: Redhead, Common Merganser, Mountain Quail, nesting Sandhill Cranes, nesting Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, dancing Western and Clark’s Grebes, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Terns, Great Gray Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Prairie Falcon, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting...just to name a few.

For more information visit KlamathBird.org