The 9th Annual Port Susan Birding & Snow Goose Festival will be held:

February 22 & 23, 2014


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Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival

The 9th Annual Festival - February 22 & 23, 2014

Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival
> Watching Washington Wildlife


Watching waterfowl...
  • Use binoculars and bird viewing guides to identify and safely observe birds. Vehicles are excellent “portable” viewing blinds, stop only in appropriate pull-off areas.
  • To learn more about Washington’s waterfowl, visit


Watching each other...
  • Remember the local Farmers are our hosts! - Please respect their property - it’s their livelihood!!!! If a property is posted as “Private Property” - DO NOT TRESPASS.
  • Be mindful of your actions, raising your voice or slamming car doors may scare the birds away.


Watch the road...
  • Be cautious on narrow roads and remember to always give the right-away to farm trucks and equipment
  • Parking and/or stopping on the shoulder of a road is not int a danger to you and others - it may be illegal.


Where to look for...
  • Telltale signs: Binocular signs along the highway mark hundreds of wildlife viewing areas as described in Washington state guide books
  • Home on the range: When searching for a species, learn it’s preferred habitat prior to your outing.


When to look…
  • Become sunrise and season savvy. Discover which time of day and season is the optimal time to view the animals you seek.
  • Most wildlife activity can be seen at dawn or dusk. Check local viewing areas for visiting hours and investigate migratory species patterns.

What to bring…
  • Dress for success: Layers are recommended for unpredictable weather. Varied temperatures and precipitation can creep up on you unexpectedly.
  • Gear: Consider bringing along a camera, binoculars, spotting scope, skitch pad and field guides. Water is an absolute - food and snacks are optional.
  • Over the years we had watched and listened to Festival attendees as well as to other local and visiting birders. Here is a list of suggested items you may want to bring at least think about bringing along. Learn More


What to do...
  • Fade into the woodwork: Avoid touching or disturbing the wildlife, which can threaten their survival and breeding success.
  • Let patience reward you: Noises and sudden movements can scare wildlife. Slow down and see what you can discover. The goal is to observe wildlife behaving as if you weren’t there.
  • Tread lightly: Pack out what you pack in and always stay on the marked trail and in marked viewing areas.
  • Be a good guest: Be mindful of how your actions affect others. Help Watching Washington Wildlife be shared.

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