Birding & Blues Festival in Pacific City Combines Birdwatching and Live Blues
By Gary Hayes
Published: 02/05/2020

Three days of birding excursions, educational programs and a live blues concert are planned for the 15th Annual Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City April 17-19.

The 15th Annual Birding and Blues Festival, April 17-19 in Pacific City, will feature three days of birding excursions, educational programs and a live blues concert featuring Billy D and the Hoodoos. This festival aims to share the natural beauty and wildlife of the area while offering education and entertainment for visitors and the local community.

The three-day festival begins Friday with two all-day birding excursions including the Three Capes Scenic Route and the Bay-to Bay Tour. The groups will see views of the Pacific Ocean, bays, headlands, forests, rivers and pastures - each a unique birding habitat - and birders can expect to see 50 bird species.

Free community events on Friday include a children's art activity, live birds of prey exhibit, and a show by entertainer and amateur ornithologist Tony Starlight at Pacific City's Kiawanda Community Center. This year's keynote speaker is Janet Essley. Essley is a painter, muralist, and teaching artist with over 20 years of experience creating collaborative murals. Essley's presentation will focus on the Red Knot, a large sandpiper, that migrates to the Oregon Coast. The slideshow presentation explores the amazing natural history of these long-distance migratory shorebirds, spiced with stories from human cultures around the world.

The live Blues concert featuring Billy D and the Hoodoos is Saturday evening at the Kiawanda Community Center. In the last two years Billy D and the Hoodoos' Somethin's Wrong has charted on The Billboard Blues Album Charts once and Living Blues twice.

Additional birding presentations over the weekend focus on Oregon's rare Humboldt marten; Orcas: Wolves of the Sea; and Shorebirds: the elegant travelers. This year's field trip locations include Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Hawk Creek in Neskowin. Attendees can also visit with local artists, take guided paddle trips, and tour the Nestucca Rivers by dory boat.

For more information and to purchase festival passes and tickets, visit: birdingandblues.org.
Birding & Blues Festival in Pacific City Combines Birdwatching and Live Blues