If your prefer bird watching, consider planning a trip to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge for BirdFest 2013, set for Oct. 5-6.
The annual event will be held at three locations — in downtown Ridgefield, at the Refuge Carty Unit and Cathlapotle Plankhouse, and at the River “S” Unit.
The event includes live bird shows and displays, sandhill crane tours, workshops on photography and bird language, canoe and kayak tours, bus tours, and guided bird walks. There also will be chances to see sections of the refuge normally closed off to the public. Around the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, the focus will be Native American history and culture, including hands-on basket weaving and traditional uses of plants.
The 5,150-acre refuge is along the banks of the Columbia River just west of the town of Ridgefield.
For more information, go to ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest.Staff report