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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, La Grande

The Twelth Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

Bird Watching Station
Bird Watching Station at the Ladd Marsh Bird Festival
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Mark your calendar for the eleventh annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival May 19 – 21, 2017 near La Grande, Oregon. The festival opens Friday night with music (original songs about birds and birding) by the Odd Strings followed by a presentation by Mark Obmascik, author of “The Big Year” and “Halfway to Heaven.” The evening’s activities will include American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf.

Beginning Saturday morning and through weekend, the wildlife area is open to birding and exploration. From 6:00 am to noon on Saturday, 6 stations will be staffed by local birders to assist visitors with finding and identifying birds. Also at the birding stations, artists sponsored by Art Center East will be painting or sketching plein air. A deaf birder tour of the stations with an American Sign Language interpreter is available Saturday morning.

Kid’s activities including building a birdhouse, coloring a canvas tote and the Junior Birder program will be available from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Also on Saturday, take in an afternoon bird walk, a live raptor presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife and information on native plants for birds.

On and off-site field trips Saturday and Sunday wrap up the weekend. Registration for the Bird Festival is free but is required in order to receive your permit to be on portions of the wildlife area normally closed to entry. For more information see and click on the Bird Festival tab.

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