The 14th Annual Birding and Blues Festival will be held in Pacific City, Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. This festival aims to share the natural beauty and wildlife of the area while offering education and entertainment for visitors and the local community. This event-packed, three-day festival commences Friday with an all-day birding excursion along the spectacular Three Capes Scenic Route. All are welcome at the free community events on Friday evening at the Kiawanda Community Center, including a children’s art activity and a live birds of prey exhibit. The evening concludes with a fundraiser dinner and a show by entertainer and amateur ornithologist Tony Starlight.
The fun continues into the weekend with guided field trips and nature presentations. This year’s keynote speaker is Noah Strycker, world record-setting birder based out of Eugene, Oregon. Noah will present on his new book Birding Without Borders about his “Big Year,” when he traveled the world and saw more than 6,000 species in one calendar year. Additional presentations include those on Oregon’s King Tides Project,and the introduction of a rare butterfly to Oregon’s coastal prairie. There will be another live Birds of Prey presentation, focusing on invasive species and the role of these birds. Finally, learn about the history of feeding wild birds in America, and the growth of sustainable rice farming, and how that benefits our native birds.
Other events throughout the weekend include activities with local artists, guided paddle trips, and a blues concert. Field trip locations include Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Neskowin Marsh, the beach in Pacific City, and Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, Oregon State Parks’ newest acquisition.
On Saturday evening, boogie on down with Karen Lovely, an electric blues singer known for her passionate, driven performances. Lovely established herself as a singer/songwriter with a style uniquely her own, receiving nominations for the prestigious 2018 Blues Music Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist” and 2018 BluesBlast Award for “Best Female Artist”. Lovely was nominated for three Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist, Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Song for her sophomore release Still the Rain. Lovely’s newest release, FISH OUTTA WATER debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 100 Blues Album chart.
For more information and registration, visit www.birdingandblues.org.
The Birding and Blues Festival is a non-profit community festival with a mission is to provide a community driven event that is informative and entertaining and celebrates the spring migration of birds and the natural resources of South Tillamook County.