Mark your calendars – the annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16! In order to have a fun and safe festival for all, please note the instructions below, and scroll down for a link to a new Google map of festival event sites. We look forward to seeing you on the marsh!
- There will be no Friday evening gathering this year. Instead, participants should arrive at the Tule Lake Area between 6:00am and noon on Saturday in order to register and pick up a packet that includes your passport for access to the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. Limited Friends of Ladd Marsh merchandise will be available for sale.
- Due to Covid restrictions, we will not be holding field trips this year. There also will not be food concessions, children’s activities, or the usual Blue Mountain Wildlife presentation.
- Expert birders will be available at six Birding Stations from 6:00am-noon Saturday to assist with locating and identifying birds. Please note that two of the usual birding stations have been moved to new locations this year. See map below.
- We ask everyone to protect yourselves, our volunteers, and other participants by following all Covid-19 safety precautions, including masking around others and avoiding sharing equipment outside your group. We will not provide binoculars, spotting scopes or other shared equipment at the birding stations.
- During daylight hours on both Saturday and Sunday, with a passport, you may enter areas of the marsh specially designated for birding during the festival weekend, such as the Distribution Pond and the La Grande city ponds. These areas are open to the public only on bird festival weekend with a passport. Visitors without a passport are welcome to visit all areas of the marsh that are normally open to the public.
Download the 2021 Ladd marsh Bird Festival Guide (PDF), which includes a printable map.