On the road for March 22

Olympic Birdfest 2015

WHAT: The 12thannual festival is a bird-watching extravaganza for beginners to experts. Activities include leisurely strolls, active hikes, speakers, information booths, banquet, birding trips and boat tours. The event is a partnership between the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Dungeness River Audubon Center and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. BirdFest is timed to overlap the lingering wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration.

WHEN: April 10-12.

WHERE: Dungeness River Audubon Center, Sequim.

FIELD TRIPS: Birders can register for a trip to locations such as Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and Neah Bay. A boat trip to Protection Island also is being offered.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Lynsy Smithson Stanley will present “Climate Change as a ‘Bird Issue’ ” at the banquet April 11. She joined the National Audubon Society as deputy director for climate and strategic initiatives in June 2014.

OTHER EVENTS: You can take part in the free BirdFest-BirdQuest by finding the birds created by Jake Reichner’s Sequim High School ceramic’s class in the downtown Sequim businesses. There will be a live raptor presentation April 10 at Sequim Middle School.

SPECIAL TRIP: Also being offered is a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands April 12-14. Register separately at pugetsoundexpress.com/audubon.

COST: The fee for trips varies from $15-$80. Banquet tickets are $45. Some events are free.

INFORMATION: Get details and register at olympicbirdfest.org.