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Birdfest and Bluegrass Nature Festival October 8-9

Posted on 05 October 2014 by Jason

Again this year, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, Birdfest and Bluegrass offers the chance to discover nature right in the Portland metro area’s own backyard, with a weekend packed with activities for visitors of all ages and interests. The annual festival is a celebration of the fall migration and opportunity to experience wildlife of the region and local history firsthand. Leading names in bluegrass provide musical accompaniment.
Ridgefield, Washington, with its small-town charm, is just a 25-minute drive from Portland. One of the festival’s signature events is the opportunity to observe sandhill cranes fly in and out of their night roost in a special sanctuary that is otherwise closed to the public.
Admission to the refuge is free during Birdfest and Bluegrass. Activities include guided bird and nature walks, live bird shows, tours of Cathlapotle Plankhouse, demonstrations of Native American life and traditions, and a salmon bake with samplings on Sunday. Children can learn about nature and have fun at the craft stations, storytelling tent and at the Audubon Society’s live bird show.
Special offerings on both days include guided kayak and canoe tours, Kiwa Trail tour and the spectacular sandhill crane tours at dawn and dusk. These tours are offered on a limited basis and fill quickly, with reservations and fees required.

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