Birds without borders await guests

first_imgo What: BirdFest 2013, a celebration of wildlife and Native American culture.o Where: Ridgefield. Birder’s Marketplace will be in the Ridgefield Community Center and on Mill Street. Bird demonstrations and children’s activities will be at Davis Park, 212 N. Main Ave. If the federal government is still shut down, activities at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Cathlapotle Plankhouse will move to Davis and Abrams parks in Ridgefield, and an updated event listing will be at http://ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest.o Tours: Sandhill crane tours meet 15 minutes before departure at the Visitors Contact Station on the River “S” Refuge Unit. Wear weather-appropriate footwear and clothing in muted, neutral colors. Preregistration required at http://brownpapertickets.com/event/446012. Tours will be rescheduled if the government is still shut down.o When: Main festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, with events on Main and Mill streets. Sandhill crane tours begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and repeat at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 5, and 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Bird language workshop is 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5.o Cost: Free for most events. $25 for sandhill crane tours. Suggested donation of $25 to $35 for bird language workshop; contact [email protected] to register.o Information: http://ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest or 360-887-4106.Visitors will find a lot of new activities to flock to at this weekend’s Birdfest in Ridgefield, even though bluegrass has gone the way of the dodo.last_img read more