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404 1st St
Cordova, AK, 99574
United States

907-424-7260

We invite you to join the mass migration of Pacific shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl and songbirds.  Their shoreside respite is framed against the pristine backdrop of coastal glaciers and mountains, the breathtaking vista that we call home.  Come armed with your binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, sketch books and pencils and leave with a heart full of memories.

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Events

2019 Festival Schedule coming soon


HOLD UP! If you haven't registered for the festival yet, do it now so you can get signed up for these included events and get the Festival Registrant discount for the optional events below.


Included events requiring pre-festival sign-up

These events require pre-registration, so we can plan accordingly. Please click the button below if you didn't already sign up for these events when you registered for the festival.

 

alaganik field trip

It's included in your festival registration fee, but we will need an accurate head-count in order to arrange appropriate transportation to this scenic wetland viewing area on the Copper River Delta. If you're not sure you checked the box on your registration form, please click the button below to check with us!

 
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SHOREBIRD 101

Learn from birding professionals how to identify common shorebirds and other avian friends on the mudflats, in the ponds, and in the forests surrounding Cordova and beyond. This is included in your registration, but we ask for advanced sign up so we know how much space we need. Field component likely—dress for the weather! Not sure you are signed up for these workshop? Click the button below.

 

Photographing bird life

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Join photographer Milo Burcham for this workshop that covers the basics of bird photography in two parts. Bring your own camera and learn the basics of getting good shots of birds in motion and how to have better success in a variety of lighting conditions. Then, go enjoy the birds! Return the following day to show off your best shots, receive feedback, and share some of your photography challenges. This event is free with registration but requires advanced sign up. Check to see if you are signed up for this workshop using the button below.


Additional fee - Optional 3rd party events requiring pre-registration

The cost for these events are NOT included in festival registration, and must be paid to the company or organization putting on the event. If you register for the full festival first, you can use your Payment Confirmation Code to receive a Festival Registrant Discount!

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avian ART & HAND-CRAFTING WORKSHOPS

The Net Loft is an amazing handcrafting and fiber shop in Cordova, well-known for their classes and workshops. As we fine tune our offerings, we will update this page.

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SHOREBIRD Boating options

This year there will be a variety of great ways to get out on the water for bird viewing! As we fine tune our offerings, we will update this page.

 


other included events and activities not requiring pre-registration

WINE & CHEESE MIXER  - Join us in the Cordova Center Atrium before the Friday night speaking events to mix and mingle with other birders. No advanced signup required.  Entrance is FREE with Festival Registration. Donations per glass of wine.

WINE & CHEESE MIXER - Join us in the Cordova Center Atrium before the Friday night speaking events to mix and mingle with other birders. No advanced signup required. Entrance is FREE with Festival Registration. Donations per glass of wine.

GREAT CORDOVA BIRDING CHALLENGE -  Compete on a team of 2-4 to see how many birds you can see and hear in an 8 hour period. Starts on Sunday at 1pm and ends at 9pm with a tally and awards at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn.  FREE with Festival Registration, $10 for non-registrants.  Click the image to sign up or do so at the Festival Info Table.

GREAT CORDOVA BIRDING CHALLENGE - Compete on a team of 2-4 to see how many birds you can see and hear in an 8 hour period. Starts on Sunday at 1pm and ends at 9pm with a tally and awards at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. FREE with Festival Registration, $10 for non-registrants. Click the image to sign up or do so at the Festival Info Table.

BOOK SIGNINGS  - Meet some of our speakers and author guests at the book signing events throughout the festival weekend.  FREE event with Festival Registration. Books for sale at event.

BOOK SIGNINGS - Meet some of our speakers and author guests at the book signing events throughout the festival weekend. FREE event with Festival Registration. Books for sale at event.

BIRD-CENTRIC ART SHOW -  with works by local and out of town artists at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Center. Opening Reception Thursday evening. Exhibit is open all weekend. No reservations required.  FREE (donations accepted) with your Festival Registration.

BIRD-CENTRIC ART SHOW - with works by local and out of town artists at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Center. Opening Reception Thursday evening. Exhibit is open all weekend. No reservations required. FREE (donations accepted) with your Festival Registration.

TOUR DE PEEPS -  See the birds from a new perspective. This bike/walk/run is easy and suitable for all ages. No advanced signup required. BYO bike, stroller or comfy walking shoes.  FREE with your Festival Registration.

TOUR DE PEEPS - See the birds from a new perspective. This bike/walk/run is easy and suitable for all ages. No advanced signup required. BYO bike, stroller or comfy walking shoes. FREE with your Festival Registration.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES -  Take the hatchlings to some fun kids' activities throughout the weekend. Grab a Shorebird Passport and collect stamps at all the great festival events! For the full list of Children's events, see the festival schedule.  FREE with your Festival Registration.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES - Take the hatchlings to some fun kids' activities throughout the weekend. Grab a Shorebird Passport and collect stamps at all the great festival events! For the full list of Children's events, see the festival schedule. FREE with your Festival Registration.

PIE SOCIAL— Join birders and locals for a pie social at the Pioneer Igloo Number 19 at 621 First Ave, next to the Cordova Center.   Pie prices vary and are not included with registration.

PIE SOCIAL—Join birders and locals for a pie social at the Pioneer Igloo Number 19 at 621 First Ave, next to the Cordova Center.

Pie prices vary and are not included with registration.

SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL 4H MUSIC CAMP FUNDRAISER DINNER  - No advanced sign up required. Just come Saturday night and enjoy live bluegrass music, and delicious homemade food at Mt. Eccles Elementary School to support our renowned Bluegrass camp for kids. Email dsaiget@gmail.com with questions.  Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!

SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL 4H MUSIC CAMP FUNDRAISER DINNER - No advanced sign up required. Just come Saturday night and enjoy live bluegrass music, and delicious homemade food at Mt. Eccles Elementary School to support our renowned Bluegrass camp for kids. Email dsaiget@gmail.com with questions. Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!

BIRDER'S BREAKFAST  - Saturday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. No advanced sign up required.  Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!

BIRDER'S BREAKFAST - Saturday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. No advanced sign up required. Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!