I attended my first bird festival this week, and it was quite an experience! Our day began in the Neskowin Marsh with a guided bird walk. The path was lush green and shady on this Saturday morning. Deeper into the walk, we could hear the sounds of bird calls. Throughout the walk, the guides would stop and point out the distinctive species at our distance. We saw an array of birds, from Eurasian Collared-Doves to Dark-eyed Juncos. Out of all the species, the Violet-green Swallow and the bluebirds were among my favorites! Shortly after the walk, my supervisor, Meredith Matherly, and I left to see Wayne Hoffman’s presentation on “The Peregrine Falcons of Yaquina Head.” His talk was so enriching, as always, and it was amazing to see the enthusiasm of the crowd for “our” residents in Yaquina Head. Lunch was delish and overlooked the Pacific Coast and Cape Kiwanda. Further in the day, the keynote speaker, John Marzluff, presented his research on crows and introduced the term “subirdia,” which highlights the impact of development on birds. After his thorough presentation, we headed to yet another session with Dawn Harris, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Services Manager. In this course, I learned how to maintain a bird-friendly yard by properly feeding birds and growing native vegetation and flora. I am thrilled to begin incorporating what I learned once I’m home in Bakersfield, California! Attending the Pacific City Bird Festival was such an enriching experience. Not only did I learn a ton, but my bird identification confidence increased dramatically. Stay tuned for the next post.