BirdFest and Bluegrass is the main event every year that the Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge puts on to bring awareness to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and all that is has to offer. This year the event will take place virtually on October 3, 2020.
With endangered species, hundreds of migratory species, an auto tour route, photo blind, walking trails, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, education, and habitat restoration programs, there is a lot to celebrate, and a lot to learn.
This year, the Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival will be completely online, so that you can virtually learn about the culture and the history of the area and how it affects how we use the land, or impress your friends when you can tell them what that backyard bird is saying.
Learn about the Refuge with a full day of engaging videos covering What Makes the Refuge Home, Bird Language, Plankhouse Tours, Ethnobotany, Crane Tours, and more. Find it all on the Ridgefield BirdFest Facebook Page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to participate.
Engage the Kids with a fun Craft and Activity packet with materials and instructions to make a tambourine, Bird Binoculars, and a Bird Feeder. They can color their own Bird Book and try out a new Scavenger Hunt. Packets will be available for no-contact pick-up while supplies last beginning Friday, October 2nd at Ridgefield City Hall (230 Pioneer Street).
Learn About the History of Bluegrass Music, and enjoy the sounds of bands Corral Creek, Rose Gerber and Sweet Relief, and the duo Phoenix.
As the folks at Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge say, “We are uniquely fortunate to have this resource right in our own backyard, and by learning not only how to appreciate the beauty, but the necessity of it, you come one step closer to being able to support it. You can, of course, visit the Refuge during the weekend as well, and enjoy all the things you learned about on October 3rd.”