PUGET SOUND BIRD FEST IN EDMONDS
SEPTEMBER 9 - 11, 2016
Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. It is listed as one of Seattle's best events on events12.com, the web site of events currently over 12 months in major cities. Our three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Underwater Dive Park
Edmonds Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Dive Park is among the most popular in the Pacific Northwest.
More than 22 acres and 90 species of birds are found at the Edmonds Marsh. This gem of an urban saltwater estuary is a top stop for Audubon bird watchers.
Fishing, Beaches, Tours
The fishing pier and visitor station offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the beach and see some wildlife. Guided tours are available from the Ranger-Naturalists and Volunteer Beach Docents.
Parks, Trails, and Pools
Stunning mountain views, sparkling Puget Sound, clean parks and lush woodlands. The natural beauty in and around Edmonds cannot be ignored. The city has more than 325 acres of parkland, more than 1000 feet of waterfront shoreline, and 20,000 square feet of flower beds. Here you'll find all the ways to enjoy the parks, trails, and outdoor events that Edmonds has to offer.Edmonds Marsh south of Harbor Square at Dayton St
The 22.5-acre Edmonds Marsh is one of the few urban saltwater estuaries remaining in the Puget Sound area. It is the first stop on Audubon Washington's Great Washington State Birding Trail - Cascade Loop. Up to 90 species of birds are here during the course of the year.
The Edmonds Marsh Interpretive Walkway includes over 300 feet of boardwalk, 1700 feet of asphalt walkway, and four interpretive stations chronicaling the history, habitat and wildlife of this unique salt and fresh water marsh estuary. The walkway is used by birders, the public, and Edmonds Ranger-Naturalists leading educational interpretive programs.City Park 3rd Ave. S. & Howell Way
There's something for everyone at this popular park. The wading pool delights children on a hot summer day while the play toy offers year-round fun. Throw horseshoes, play ball, sit and listen to a Sunday summer concert, picnic, or relax on the open lawn.
Yost Park & Outdoor Pool 9535 Bowdoin Way
Yost Memorial Park today contains one of the few areas of native vegetation that remain in Edmonds. The mixed stands of Western red cedar, red alder, big-leaf maple and western hemlock trees offer a glimpse into the past, and the future. The Park is situated along Shell Creek and the deep ravine its waters carved over time. Shell Creek empties into Puget Sound north of Caspers Street, and is populated with numerous insects, amphibians, and salmon! Yost Park provides a habitat for numerous species of resident and migratory birds including Barred Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Spotted Towhees, and Cooper’s Hawks. Black-capped Chickadee, Swainson’s Thrush, Olive-sided flycatcher, and Winter Wren are some of the more common small birds found in the park. The park is also habitat for the nocturnal mountain beaver, opossum, raccoon, shrew mole, and a few types of bats. Giant Pacific salamanders are sometimes found in the creek itself, and in the spring Pacific tree frogs can sometimes be heard singing in the wetlands surrounding the boardwalk.
The Edmonds Underwater Park is located just north of the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Landing at the foot of Main Street. The Park includes more than 27 acres of tide and bottom lands of which approximately half have been developed with features and trails specifically for divers It is the most popular of 10 underwater parks that make up Washington’s underwater park system. About 25,000 scuba divers visit the Edmonds park each year.
Marine Sanctuary Main st. & Railroad Ave. | visit the City of Edmonds Discovery Program.
City of Edmonds Beaches are marine sanctuaries, perfect for bird watching and enjoying the marine wildlife. There is no fishing, clamming, crabbing, or collection of shells, rocks, driftwood, or other marine life is allowed off the beaches.
Visitor Station & Ranger-Naturalists
200 West Dayton St | Ranger Station Website
The Olympic Beach Visitor Station is located at 200 Admiral Way in Edmonds, at the base of the fishing pier. The phone number for the Visitor Station is (425) 775-1344. The Visitor Station is open weekends Noon-5:00 pm, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. The station is staffed by Ranger-Naturalists and Volunteer Beach Docents during those weekends. Come see the touch tank stocked full of local marine life! Pick up information on local events, or just learn about the animals and plants that populate Edmonds beaches.Fishing Pier
200 West Dayton St | Ranger Station Website
The Fishing Pier is located next to the Visitor Station at Olympic Beach. It is open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The pier is located in WDFW Marine Area 9 - Admiralty Inlet. Check the State Fish and Wildlife website for current regulations here.
Main St & Railroad Ave | Visit Brackett's Landing
Located on the waterfront surrounding the ferry terminal, this park offers spectacular views of the snowcapped Olympic Mountains, Mt. Baker in the North Cascades and the waters of Puget Sound. The park includes picnic areas, interpretive information, public restrooms and showers.
Admiral Way South
See the Olympic Mountains, fly a kite, sculpt a castle, and explore the marine life at low tide. Spend the day at this spectacular waterfront park, which includes a play toy, volleyball, picnicking, car top boat launch, off-leash dog area and walking along the waterfront.
498 Admiral Way | Website
There are many off-leash areas (OLAs) in the greater Seattle area, but Edmonds is one of the few dog OLAs that provides a scenic and pleasant non-threatening place for dogs and their owners. Dogs are permitted to run free, swim, meet new friends, and play.