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Creston Valley Bird Festival set for May 9-13

Left to right: Guided canoe trip through the marsh at the Creston Valley Bird Festival; Ed Beynon A Birding group at the 2023 bird festival. Photos courtesy Tanna Patterson

Tanna Patterson

Creston Valley Bird Festival Committee

Registration for the Creston Valley Bird Festival opens Tuesday, April 2,at 9 am. This is the most expanded bird festival in 12 years, involving 41 events of which 26 are bird-watching tours.

Early registration is recommended as bird-watching groups are intentionally small to ensure a quality outing with a birding expert.

New to 2024: Family Birding at the park with children; birding in Wynndel, Arrow Creek, and Crawford Bay; birding with Marc-Andre at the Kootenay Summit; and watching a bird-watching movie at the library with popcorn. Happily, the addition of Rotacrest Hall, will allow for an indoor banquet on Friday with presentations by Tammy Bradford (Local History Goes to the Birds) and Gary Davidson (Birds of Kenya) as well as a Saturday jam-packed with presentations on birds, bats, spring flowers, and the world of I-Bird.

The Discovery Centre is hosting four guided canoe trips on Saturday, plus free children’s events from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Throughout the weekend, birding happens by kayak, car, on foot through forest, farmland, marshland, shoreline, mountain top, early in the morning and late into the evening. Join the murder (or parliament, or gaggle) in celebrating the miracle of spring migration!

Prior to the Bird Festival, ornithologist Ulrike Sliworsky is hosting two free birding walks April 21 and 28. Pre-register at And don’t miss Wild North Craft Brewery’s BirdBrain Trivia on Wednesday, May 8.

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