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Snow Goose & Birding Festival 2020

Price: $5 Donation
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for lack of funds)

Welcome to the 2020 Stanwood-Camano Snow Goose & Birding Festival which will be held on February 22nd & 23rd. Come see why the shores and waters of Puget Sound surrounding our community are internationally recognized as crucial habitat for countless birds of sea, shore and land.

Tours and guides will help you experience one of Western Washington’s most spectacular natural events – the annual winter gathering of thousands of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. In addition we have flocks of wintering seabirds and shorebirds along with many raptors that call Stanwood and Camano home.

Program & Speaker Schedule - Saturday, February 22nd

Shorebird I.D. Class

Sat. 2/22 9:00AM-10:30AM at the Masonic Hall (across from the Floyd)

Free Registration Required
Click Here To Register

Ruth Milner is a District Wildlife Biologist from WDFW will again welcome those Festival goers who are looking to gain skill in identifying common shorebirds found in North Puget Sound. Gary Slater co-producer the Avian Conservation Program Manager will not be able to join us this year. Participate in a fun filled presentation where the biologist will give pointers on how to differentiate shorebirds based on their plumage and vocalizations, feeding ecology, habitat and morphology.

Ms Milner has requested no cost, pre-registration for her class so that she’ll know how many handouts to bring.

There is no field trip directly associated with this class, but you may want to consider going on one of the Field Trips to test out your new ID skills.  If you want to go on a field trip we suggest you sign up for one of the tours to ensure you have a seat on the bus.

Read More about Ruth Milner

White Birds of Winter

Sat. 2/22 11:00AM-12:30PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required.

“White Birds of Winter” Martha Jordan, well-known swan biologist and Executive Director of Northwest Swan Conservation Association, will present an up to date program on Washington’s native Trumpeter and Tundra swans.  You will learn about their life history and biology along with swan identification tips. She will shed light on the problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds and what is needed to insure their future. Get updated on the swan lead poisoning die-off, habitat issues and much more.  Martha will share her excellent photos that help clarify the otherwise difficult identification of these two swan species.

Get updated on the swan lead poisoning die-off, habitat issues and much more. Martha will share her excellent photos that help clarify the otherwise difficult identification of these two swan species.

Read More about Martha Jordan

Airstrike Live Birds

Sat. 2/22 11:00AM-3:00PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required.

We’re delighted that Brad Felger and other local Washington falconers will be bringing live birds to join us again at the Festival! Come and see them at the Floyd, both Saturday and Sunday. We’re expecting a red-tailed hawk and a kestrel hawk as well as others and these wonderful birds, up-close and personal, have been a big hit at previous Festivals. For centuries man and falcons have been partners. As far back as 4000 years ago, man and falcon cooperated to the benefit of both.

From Russia to the Stilly

Sat. 2/22 1:00PM-2:30PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required.

Vasiliy Baranyuk has spent more than 30 years observing the snow geese that migrate between Wrangel Island and the North Puget Sound. His latest visit was this past summer. Vasiliy will talk about these iconic birds and their summering grounds in the Russian Artic. Using stunning photographs and video Vasiliy will present a personal glimpse of Wrangel Island and its rich nesting grounds. His recent research has been supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Stillaguamish Tribe, the Washington Brant Foundation, and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department.

Read More about Vasiliy Baranyuk

Live Raptors

Sat. 2/22 3:00PM-4:00PM at the Masonic Hall (across from the Floyd)

Free – No Registration Required.

“Sarvey Wildlife Care Center Live Raptor Educational Presentation” Sarvey Wildlife Care Center will be returning to the festival with some of their non-releasable raptors. Their center is home to several different species of birds of prey, and they provide a unique opportunity to learn more about wildlife in the Puget Sound and to see these amazing birds up close. Come learn more about their mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife, and what you can do to help.

Read More about Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

Program & Speaker Schedule - Sunday, February 23rd

The Art of Photographing Birds

Sun. 2/23 11:00AM-12:30PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required for CLASS.  Registration is required for Bus Tour (see bus tour sign up below)

“The Art of Photographing Birds” Students will learn bird photography techniques through visual examples and lecture.  There will be tips for locating birds, the best camera equipment to use, and the importance of keeping a journal.  There will be much more, and ample opportunity for questions.

Topics covered include: Photography Techniques and Exposure for Birds in the field, Equipment, Field Etiquette, Spotting, Tracking, and Photographing the birds, The  importance of “Telling a Story” with the photograph, Critiques of photos (focused on the positive), Ideas to improve or take one’s photography to the next level, Questions encouraged.

This program includes a field trip after the class to test out your new found skills. Pre-register for the bus tour.

Read More about Karen Ulvestad

Airstrike Live Birds

Sun. 2/23 11:00AM-3:00PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required.

We’re delighted that Brad Felger and other local Washington falconers will be bringing live birds to join us again at the Festival! Come and see them at the Floyd, both Saturday and Sunday. We’re expecting a red-tailed hawk and a kestrel hawk as well as others and these wonderful birds, up-close and personal, have been a big hit at previous Festivals. For centuries man and falcons have been partners. As far back as 4000 years ago, man and falcon cooperated to the benefit of both.

Eagles from the Park Side

Sun. 2/23 1:00PM-2:15PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required.

Join Pat, a local Camano Island resident and storyteller, as she shares Bald Eagle facts and stories using photos and videos of eagles from Camano Island State Park, Cama Beach State Park and surrounding Communities. Pat developed an interest in our local bald eagles after moving to Camano Island in 2009 and began monitoring, photographing and sharing her experiences with the Bald Eagles of the State Parks on Camano Island in 2014

Read More about Pat Holmes

Raptors of Western Washington: from Shoreline to Summit

Sun. 2/23 2:30PM-3:30PM at the Floyd

Free – No Registration Required.

With Jim Watson, Wildlife Research Assistance. There are about 32 diurnal and nocturnal raptors in Washington, and many of those reside west of the Cascade Mountains. Join us as we highlight aspects of the ecology of some of the more prominent diurnal raptors, discuss morphologic features that set raptors apart from other birds, and answer your questions to separate myths from facts.

Read More about Jim Watson

Birding Tips & Etiquette

Be Polite –To birds and other wildlife; to other people (other birders, other outdoor enthusiasts, neighbors) & to the environment. View Birding Tips & Etiquette HERE.

Bus Tours

Bus Tour Registration: A $5 non-refundable deposit is required for each seat and each person is able to register for up to 4 seats. If you register and need to cancel your registration please follow the directions HERE.

Bus Tour Check In: Plan to arrive early at Floyd Norgaard Festival headquarters and check in at the Bus Tour Desk at least 30 minutes prior to your bus tour departure. If you have not checked in by 15 minutes prior to departure, your seat will be made available to standby passengers.

Standby Passengers: Seats may available for a $5 fee. Please check in at the Bus Tour Desk 15 minutes prior to bus departure.

Camano Island

The Camano bus tour is a 3 hour tour that visits several of Camano Island’s wonderful parks, including English Boom, Cama Beach and Iverson Preserve and also stop at the beautiful Camano Center. We have Guides on the bus who will answer questions and talk about the Parks and the great variety of birds that can be spotted locally. The diverse habitats of these parks include salt water, mudflats, marsh and beaches and you may see raptors, loons, ducks, great blue herons and many kinds of shorebirds. You will get off the bus at each stop for a short walking tour, including a trip down to see the Cama beachfront Cabins and wonderful wildlife mounts.

Sat. 2/22 & Sunday 2/23

9:30-12:30 ; 1:00-4:00

Snow Geese 

The Snow Goose Tours are 2 hour tours that will take you out onto Fir Island to find current locations of the Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Our Guides have been birding in this area for many years and have a lot to share about our local area and the migration and feeding habits of the birds. The viewing on this tour is mainly from inside the bus due to the lack of safe access to the Fir Island birding areas. Don’t be surprised to see Eagles out looking for lunch and Herons along the roadside.  

 Sat. 2/22 Goose A – 9:30-11:30; 12:00-2:00; 2:30-4:30
Sat. 2/22 Goose B – 10:00-12:00; 12:30-2:30; 3:00-5:00

Sun. 2/23 Goose A – 9:30-11:30; 12:00-2:00; 2:30-4:30
Sun. 2/23 Goose B – 10:30-12:30

Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy Tour is a 2 hour Tour that includes a walk on the dike along Port Susan Bay which is one of the largest undeveloped bays in Puget Sound. This area is a saltwater nursery with marshes, mudflats and tidelands that support hundreds of thousands of birds, several species of salmon, smelt and clams. Western sandpipers, dunlins and dowitchers swoop over the mudflats, ducks and snow geese are often gathered and hungry, hopeful raptors add to the drama. Guides will be on hand to share about the estuary habitat restoration in progress and answer questions. Access to this site is usually limited and by appointment only, so this is a great chance to visit the Preserve. Please dress for this tour appropriately – it is sometimes wet and cold!

Sat. 2/22 10:00-12:00; 12:30-2:30; 3:00-5:00

Sun. 2/23 10:00-12:00; 12:30-2:30

Bird Photography

This Bird Photography Tour is a very popular tour following “The Art of Photographing Birds” presentation with Karen Ulvestad. Karen will serve as your Guide as you explore the local birding and test out the new techniques learned in the class.  

Sun. 2/23 1:00-3:30

Staying Connected

Contact Us: Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

Want to Volunteer? Call and sign up! It’s a fun way to be involved and get to know our community members. Contact Us. 

Send in your photos, see what others are seeing! #snowgoosefest

Parking

Linked here are two maps for parking during the event – SATURDAY & SUNDAY.

The Stanwood Area Historical Society shares parking lots with the Stanwood United Methodist Church and the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.  

Public: On Saturday, there is parking in the back of The Floyd off of Oliver Street (102nd Dr NW) which includes a few handicap spaces.  On Sunday, there is NO PARKING in this lot prior to noon, due to church services.  Bus Tours will load in this back parking lot. There is also parking in front along Market Street (102nd Ave NW) but please be respectful of private residences.

Vendors & Sponsors: On Saturday, please park in public parking on the corner of 271st St NW & 101st Ave NW. On Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, you can also park in the parking lot on the corner of Market Street (102nd Ave NW) and 271st St NW across from the Food Bank.

Volunteers: Please park behind City Hall at 10220 270th St NW.

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