Wings Over Willapa Festival
Join us for our next Wings Over Willapa festival on September 22-25, 2022!
The Friends annual birding and nature festival celebrates the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge’s many species and diverse habitats. We will have an amazing variety of tours, workshops, and other events on the Long Beach Peninsula and Willapa Bay. Whether you are an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages and physical abilities will find activities of interest. We look forward to seeing you! Find out more>>
The following are examples of previous events. We hope that this sample will whet your appetite for our 2022 Festival.
Coastal Peregrine Falcons
Did you know that it’s common to see Peregrine Falcons on Washington’s coastal beaches during months of the year? Between 1995 to 2018, Dan Varland, Executive Director of the nonprofit Coastal Raptors, and colleagues conducted more than 1,000 raptor surveys. This effort included capturing and banding 226 Peregrine Falcons. Dan will share photos and thought-provoking research findings.
Explore the old growth cedar forest on Long Island! This popular tour features a barge ride to the southwest corner of Long Island. You can admire thousand-year-old cedar trees, watch for birds and other wildlife, and learn about the many plants and fungi that call this place home.
Join Refuge wildlife biologist Will Ritchie for an exciting hike at the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula in Refuge’s Leadbetter Point Unit. This is a wild place with limited human access that creates a sanctuary for wildlife, rare plants, and hundreds of bird species. The guided 5-mile hike moves from forest to beach then returns to the bay.
Join us for a kayak tour in the Refuge’s South Bay Unit. This expansive area has open water, sloughs, and channels that the Refuge is reconnecting with the bay. We will paddle from the boat launch off the Parker Slough Trail toward the South Bay Overlook and enjoy the intertidal flats and salt marsh habitat that offer views of the surrounding hills.
Nature Play Day is a great opportunity for families to have fun while learning about birds and other Willapa wonders! Activities include bird box building, face painting, Junior Naturalist activities, and our "build a bird" art project. Kids do need to be accompanied by their grown-ups, but we're betting you'll have just as much fun as they will!