Descriptions of Activities and Events

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival has something for everyone !

Friday evening presentation:

The bird festival begins on Friday evening with registration table open, FOLM T-shirts for sale, vendors with other information or items of interest to festival participants, music, snacks and a slide presentation.  The guest speaker is generally an expert in some aspect of birds, birding, or bird conservation.

Picture1Staffed birding stations, Saturday, 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Six “birdy” areas around the marsh are staffed with expert birders to assist visitors with viewing and identification of birds.  Participants receive a passport with a map of staffed station locations when they register.


Picture3Plein air artists, Saturday morning
Artists from around the area enjoy a morning of plein air painting at birding stations around the marsh.  Participants are invited to watch as their paintings develop throughout the day.



Lynn Thompkins with AngusBirds of Prey presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife Saturday at 1:00 pm –  Lynn and Bob Thompkins of Blue Mountain Wildlife in Pendleton, Oregon will bring numerous live birds of prey including hawks, falcons and owls.  Lynn will discuss their life history and how they came to be “education birds.”


IMG_2801 - CopySaturday and Sunday guided field trips – Several field trips, both on and off Ladd Marsh will be offered.  Participants must register in advance for field trips, as space is limited.  A fee is charged to help defray our costs.  Saturday and Sunday field trips vary slightly from year to year, but trips may include the famous Rhinehart Canyon and the Great Grey Owl nesting area at Spring Creek, as well as enjoying the Dawn Chorus and Barn owl banding on Ladd Marsh.

Activities for Kids:

Picture2Junior Birder Program, Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Youth ages 5 – 12 can learn about birds at several educational stations.  Students who complete all of the station activities will received their Junior Birder badge.


Picture4Arts and Crafts, Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
A variety of bird-themed arts and crafts stations are available and free to participants.  Children can decorate a “Bag it for Birds” tote bag, build a nest box, or chose from a variety of other activities.