The Thirteenth Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival will be held May 18, 19, 20, 2018.
- All events except field trips are free.
- Registration is required to receive a passport to access the marsh for the weekend.
- Times and dates may change for 2018.
Registration: Participants may register for the Bird Festival and Field Trips prior to the festival on-line, or register in person on Friday evening, or Saturday and Sunday mornings at the event. Payment is required ONLY for field trips and workshops. All other Ladd Marsh Bird Festival activities are free.
2018 Field Trips are posted below. Early registration is encouraged, as field trips have limited capacity, and popular trips may fill quickly.
Field Trip Descriptions (pdf)
Locations of Bird Festival events:
- Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is approximately 7 miles SE of La Grande. It can be reached via Highway 203 from La Grande or Union. From Interstate 84, take Exit 265 and turn east toward Union. Instructions to specific sites for the Bird Festival are below.
- Union County Senior Center: 1504 N. Albany, La Grande, Corner of Albany and Cove Avenue
- Friday Night Kick-off; music, presentation
- Peach Road Registration Area: Entrance on Peach Road 1.3 miles north of Hwy 203
- Saturday – Registration; Lunch by La Grande Philly Trip; Kids’ Activities; Blue Mountain Wildlife; Displays & Vendors
- Sunday – Registration; Meeting point for most field trips;
- Ladd Marsh Headquarters: 59116 Pierce Rd, approximately 1.25 miles south of Hwy 203 and 1.1 miles north of I-84 (Exit 268).
- Sunday – Painting Workshop
Please see the following map for locations of Bird Festival activities:
Bird Festival Activities Locations
Bird Festival kicks off on Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at the Senior Center in La Grande, with a presentation by an adventurous local birder, Kendrik Moholt.
In Search of the Crowbar: Discovering Mythical Creatures Across Planet Earth
Are creatures less real because we haven’t experienced them ourselves? Do fantastic creatures beyond our imagination actually exist in our world? And, do we have to travel to the ends of the earth to find seemingly mythical beasts? Kendrick will take us on a journey to find out.
Then, throughout the day Saturday, kids will have plenty to do at the Tule Lake registration area on Peach Road. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning will feature an excellent variety of field trips, both on and around the marsh. The Ladd marsh Bird Festival offers American Sign Language interpretation at the Friday night kick-off as well as a tour for deaf birders on Saturday.