Bird enthusiasts gathering in Edmonds this weekend, and you’re invited

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    Starting Friday night through Sunday, bird enthusiasts will be gathering in Edmonds for the sixth annual Puget Sound Birdfest. The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits and educational activities for children and adults, and a tour of certified backyard wildlife habitats. General admission is free, but organizers ask that you check in at the registration table before attending speaker presentations, which will be held at the Frances Anderson Center.

    Friday night is the opening reception featuring keynote speaker Lyanda Lynn Haupt, a Seattle author and naturalist. Her book, “Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness,” was a Los Angeles Times and Seattle Times Best Book of 2009.

    Saturday field trips include a morning Birding Cruise on Puget Sound with the Edmonds Yacht Club, and a bus trip to Monroe Saturday evening to see thousands of Vauxs Swifts. Workshops and presentations will take place all day Saturday at the Frances Anderson Center, including sessions focusing on hummingbirds and Trumpeter Swans, bird photography, how to choose and use bird feeders and nest boxes, and an introduction to live raptors from the Sarvey Wildlife Center.

    The featured activity on Sunday will be a tour of the new Willow Creek Hatchery Wildlife Habitat and Native Plant Demonstration Garden, and certified backyard wildlife habitats in Edmonds.

    Visit www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org for a complete schedule of events.

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