7:00am - 3:00pm
Port of Ilwaco
12:00 - 3:00pm
Oysterville Beach Approach
12:30 - 3:00pm
Willapa NWR - Cutthroat Creek
3:30 - 5:00pm
Willapa NWR Headquarters
5:30 - 8:00pm
Friday, Sept 22; 7:00am - 3:00pm
Pier E at the Port of Ilwaco located at 185 Howerton Way SE, Ilwaco
Join Captain Steve Sohlstrom of Sea Breeze Charters and Dr. Jen Zamon, a Research Fishery Biologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on this offshore adventure. Start your trip at the Port of Ilwaco and journey into the Pacific to see up to five species of shearwaters and two species of albatross along with phalarope, jaeger, auklets, storm-petrels and other pelagic birds not commonly seen near the shore.
Image of a Black-footed Albatross by Eric Ellingson
Friday, Sept. 22; 12:00-3:00pm
Oysterville Beach Approach, Ocean Park
Join biological staff of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge for an exciting journey to the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula, Leadbetter Point! This is a wild place with limited human access that creates a sanctuary for wildlife, rare plants, and hundreds of bird species, including the federally threatened western snowy plover and streaked horned lark. Bald eagles and peregrine falcons are often seen. Fall migration also brings shorebirds to our estuaries and sandy beaches. The guided tour includes information about the local ecology and ongoing habitat restoration activities.
Image of shorebird by Roy W. Lowe
Friday, Sept 22; 12:30-3:00pm
Willapa NWR Cutthroat Creek, located north of mile marker 24 on Highway 101
Hike into the 7,600 Ellsworth Creek Preserve. This is a 3.5-mile strenuous hike through an old growth Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce forest with some trees that are more than 800 years old. The Nature Conservancy purchased the entire watershed to protect old-growth forest which preserves habitat for coho and chum salmon, marbled murrelet, and large mammals like black bear, cougar, and Roosevelt elk. Along the way, Forest Manager Kyle Smith will share how a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is restoring thousands of acres of forest and miles of stream.
Photo by Thomas Corsini
Friday, Sept. 22; 3:30-5:00pm
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 7112 67th Pl, Long Beach
This is a presentation for all ages so bring the entire family! Get up close to some of the Earth's most amazing birds of prey. Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising and rehabilitating orphaned and injured wild birds. Their mission is to release the birds back to their natural habitat with the skills necessary to survive. They also educate, engage, and inspire communities about wild birds and issues facing them. Some of their birds in care sustained injuries too severe for them to ever be released back to the wild and a few are imprinted on humans so they never learned how to be a wild bird. These birds have a permanent and loving home at Discovery Bay and many work Ambassadors for wild birds. Come and meet the Ambassador owls, hawks and falcons!
Photo of Great Horned Owl by Mick Thompson
Friday, Sept. 22; 5:30 - 7:30pm
Adrift Hotel, 409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach
The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) will kick off the annual Wings Over Willapa Festival on Friday, September 22, at the Adrift Hotel starting at 5:30 pm. This welcome social is a great opportunity to meet fellow nature lovers, birders, artists, and many of the Friends board. Some local artists will have their work on display and a cash bar will be offered by the Adrift. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about festival events and other happenings on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Image of shorebirds by Roy W. Lowe