The 9th Annual Port Susan Birding & Snow Goose Festival will be held:

February 22 & 23, 2014

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Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival

The 9th Annual Festival - February 22 & 23, 2014


Welcome to the Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival
Update: March 22, 2014

We've heard that there may be some mis-information about the Festival being held this weekend, March 22nd and 23rd. Please be aware that the event was in February, we are not sure where this message originated and are sorry for anyone who might have been mislead. The geese are in the area, and there is great birding from Stanwood to Padilla Bay!
Update: February 23, 2014

The 9th Annual Snow Goose Festival - Concluded!

Despite the weather forecast for the festival weekend near record crowds made their way to the Festival Headquarters at "The Floyd" in Stanwood, WA. Some feedback we have received about this year's Festival was - "What's the big deal about a little rain, we live in Washington - we're used to it. We had a great time, saw a lot of birds and enjoyed learning/participating in the Festival activities - B.G. Monroe, WA".

This year Festival attendees were able to participate in tours, seminars, hands on activities that were both "Festival Favorites" and first time ("new") activities and experience the sights and sounds of large flocks of snow geese, trumpeter swans, a variety and number of ducks and shorebirds.

As we look forward to our 10th festival in 2015, we are thankful for the great volunteers that make this event happen, and the wonderful sponsors who allow us to offer the activities for free.


Update: February 2, 2014

Celebrating the Skagit Bay Important Bird Area of Global Importance

Ruth Milner, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife District Biologist (for Island and Snohomish Counties) will discuss why Skagit Bay has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) of Global Importance. An IBA is a site that indicates a unique importance for birds; Skagit Bay is important because of the Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and Dunlin that frequent the area.

____Location: Festival HQ / Masonic Hall
____Date:Sat Feb 22 2014
____Time: 4:30 PM
____Registration: Not Required
____Cost: FREE!!!

Update: February 2, 2014

The Great Northwest Glass Quest 2014

You're invited to participate in the greatest treasure hunt in the Pacific Northwest!  This is your
opportunity to search for and find unique Glass Treasures hand-blown by Mark Ellinger,
world-renowned glass artist. 
Learn More
Update: December 23, 2013

The 9th Annual Snow Goose Festival February 22 & 23 2014


Every February, the Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival takes place in Stanwood, WA to showcase the region’s diverse and abundant bird life. The festival’s namesake, the Snow Goose, migrates from Russia to winter in this region in flocks of tens of thousands, providing viewers with an inspiring visual and sound experience. But the region also supports some of the greatest concentrations of shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl, and seabirds found along the northern Pacific Flyway during migration and winter, providing remarkable birding opportunities all year long.

Stanwood, WA is centered between two of the largest estuaries in Puget Sound, the Skagit and Stillaguamish River deltas, and these estuaries - where rivers and sea meet - provide critical habitat for many species, both aquatic and terrestrial. The importance of the area to birds is highlighted by the numerous bird conservation designations it has received. The Skagit and Stilluaguamish River deltas have been recognized as Sites of Regional Importance to shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and both estuaries and surrounding upland habitat have been designated Important Bird Areas by BirdLife International and Audubon.


Watch the website for announcements about special events being planned. Again this year, the vast majority of these activities were FREE, thanks to the continued support of our Sponsors.
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