Flocks of Birders Gather for 31st Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival
Published: 07/27/2017
One of the most wide-ranging shorebirds in the world, Whimbrels breed in the arctic and migrate south for the winter. Some Whimbrels make a non-stop flight of 2500 miles from Canada to South America.
One of the most wide-ranging shorebirds in the world, Whimbrels breed in the arctic and migrate south for the winter. Some Whimbrels make a non-stop flight of 2500 miles from Canada to South America.  Photo by Beth Wise

Pack up your binoculars and camera and head to the Southern Oregon Coast where human flocks will gather over Labor Day weekend for the 31st Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival.

A weekend of birding fun and adventure awaits bird lovers at the 31st Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival, September 1-3. This premier birding event is a celebration of Oregon shorebirds and an educational experience headquartered at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston.

Here birdwatchers from around the county can embark on a variety of field trips, outings and presentations. Activities are planned for birders of all skill levels to watch thousands of shorebirds as they migrate south from their arctic breeding grounds. There are several trips where participants can visit birding hot spots. Habitat tours include an offshore pelagic excursion, paddling trips on the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and land-based field trips around Bandon, Coos Bay and Charleston.

Other activities include art and photography displays and classes including a presentation by Noah Strycker, the bird-man from Creswell, Oregon. Strycker will share highlights from his adventures while setting a world record of seeing over 6000 species of birds (more than half the birds on Earth) in one calendar year.

Cape Arago Audubon Society is sponsoring the festival in partnership with Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Shoreline Education for Awareness, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon Pelagic Tours and South Coast Tours.

Information about the festival and registration details can be found at Oregon Shorebird Festival
Flocks of Birders Gather for 31st Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival