Specific information on the 2022 Festival will be loaded here starting in 2022. In the meantime, enjoy the general information below.
Grays Harbor is a prime area for viewing shorebirds and other waterbirds during the spring migration with easy access to look in the harbor and along the front beach. Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Hoquiam is ideal for seeing hundreds of thousands of shorebirds from the Sandpiper Trail as shorebirds move in and out of the tidal mudflat around high tide.
If you travel to Ocean Shores you can make your way down the peninsula using beach accesses until you reach the southern tip (jetty) where a diversity of bird species can be seen.
From Hoquiam, travel west on WA-105 and you will begin your own migration with stopover areas to view a diversity of shorebirds, pelagic birds, waterfowl, and even raptors from Westport to Grayland and further south to Tokeland. Click on the links included here and you will find directions and information on other bird viewing sites around Grays Harbor. You won’t be disappointed at the amazing assemblage of waterbirds as they move northward to their breeding grounds or stick around to breed, like the snowy plovers!
Families are encouraged to get out on the Sandpiper trail at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge as well as other areas around the harbor to witness the spectacle of migration.
Want to learn more about birds before you head out to the shore? Check out one of these National Audubon Society pages to learn how families can help birds.
Click here for downloadable crafts and activities for children
For a virtual field trip to the sandpiper trail (developed last year for the Shorebird Education project) click the link. Please note that this can take a few minutes to load. The Shorebird Education project is open to 3rd and 4th grade students throughout Grays Harbor County. We are hopeful that when in-person learning becomes more common, students in the county will once again receive these wonderful lessons on shorebirds.
Ever wonder what the shorebirds are eating out there? Click here to learn all about their mudflat meals.
New to Shorebird Identification? Click a link below to be taken to a variety of instructional videos. Please note, that you will be taken to YouTube and leave this website.
Birdwatching Tips: How to Identify Shorebirds 5.37 minutes with 5 tips to help with identification.
Identifying Shorebirds 7.03 minutes put out by Peterson Field Guides.
Shorebird Identification & Ecology 35 minutes and covers Grays Harbor.