Puget Sound Bird Fest coming to Edmonds Sept. 10-11

Attention bird watchers: A reminder that the 2022 Puget Sound Bird Fest is coming to Edmonds Sept. 10-11. This beloved fall tradition will return in person for nature lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest with two days of speakers, guided walks, field trips, boat tours, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. The 2022 event…

Swifts Night Out returns to Monroe Aug. 20

The annual Swifts Night Out event at the Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe will return in-person Friday, Aug. 20 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 4 p.m. until dusk, nature lovers, community groups, families and anyone with an interest in the spectacular can enjoy an evening on the lawn to…

State officials caution against touching sick or dead wild birds

The Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are asking the public to avoid contact with wild birds, especially sick or dead wild birds or their young. An outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is impacting wild birds including Canada geese, snow geese, bald eagles, and…

Puget Sound Bird Fest returns in person Sept. 10-11

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Puget Sound Bird Fest on Sept. 10-11 in Edmonds. This beloved fall tradition will return in person for nature lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest with two days of speakers, guided walks, field trips, boat tours, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. The 2022 event will kick off Saturday…

Artists invited to enter Puget Sound Bird Fest 2022 poster art contest

Puget Sound-area artists are invited to submit original artwork representative of Puget Sound bird life to be used on the 2022 Puget Sound Bird Fest poster for promotion of the event taking place Sept. 10-11 in Edmonds. A $350 prize sponsored by Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation will be awarded to the winner of the poster…

Snohomish Conservation District holding annual youth art contest through Feb. 22

The Snohomish Conservation District is holding its fifth annual youth art contest. Through Feb. 22, children in grades pre-K through high school who live in Snohomish County or Camano Island can submit one piece of artwork about birds either online or by mail. Birds were chosen as the special theme for this year’s contest theme…

Keeping visiting birds warm and fed during cold weather

Finding ways to keep bird baths and feeders from freezing can be challenging, but Edmonds resident and retired biomedical engineer Chris Walton has some suggestions. “The bird bath is relatively simple,” he said. “They sell waterproof heaters online that are quite effective. Quite a few birds have been visiting my bird bath for a drink.”…

Reminder: Help count birds for science during Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers and people with backyard bird feeders to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey — the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). On Saturday, Dec. 18, birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in this century-long project. “Pilchuck Audubon is making a special effort to count birds visiting yard…

Learning to live with coyotes: Tips for keeping pets and people safe

Early one morning several years ago, Edmonds resident Maggie Peterson let her 25-pound Boston terrier out to wander in the family’s fenced back yard so she could relieve herself. It was their normal routine to start the day, but that was about to change. “She came back in, I got my coffee, I’m sitting reading…

All aboard for a bird-watching adventure

As part of the Puget Sound Bird Festival in Edmonds, a group of approximately 75 birders and bird photographers gathered on the Puget Sound Express Saratoga late Sunday afternoon for a three-hour excursion to Protection Island a National Wildlife Refuge. Jon Houghton and Joe Sweeney were the bird guide experts leading the trip. They are…

MLT police refer charges in crow shootings; state wildlife department action also expected

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department has referred charges to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office following its investigation into a rash of crow shootings by a male suspect earlier this year. The charges include reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits, said Mountlake Terrace Police Commander Pat Lowe. Charges are also expected to be forthcoming…