Best bets: Edison Bird Festival includes Chicken Parade



The third annual Edison Bird Festival features free whimsical and informative events for birders of all ages on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, in the Skagit County village of Edison.

Be sure to catch the Fowl Roller Skating Race from 10:45-11 a.m. Saturday downtown, followed by the popular Chicken Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Also of note are the free 90-minute guided birding excursions with the North Cascades Institute and Skagit Audubon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Reservations are required by contacting the group for a seat on the bus: or 360-854-2598.

For more information, including a calendar of events, go online to


Join the 6- to 9-year-old junior ecologists at the Padilla Bay nature center for free "High Tide, Low Tide" classes to earn how plants and animals adapt to the changing tides at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 in the Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road in the Skagit County coastal village of Bay View.

Registration is required and some spots remain. For availability, call 360-428-1558 or go to

Robert Mittendorf is a Herald copy editor and page designer. Suggest your ideas for local family-friendly events, hikes or day trips at 360-756-2805 or at

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