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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

Festival Schedule


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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cocktail hour cruise

Major Marine Tours is hosting this fun on-water event on Saturday afternoon! They'll be free appetizers and a cash bar on board, plus expert guides to help you get the most out of your on-water experience. Space is limited! If you're not sure you checked the box on your registration form, please click the button below to check with us!


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!

SHOREBIRD ART & HAND-CRAFTING WORKSHOPS WITH THE NET LOFT

The Net Loft is an amazing handcrafting and fiber shop in Cordova, well-known for their classes and workshops.  The Net Loft offers three great workshops this year, all complementing the Festival Schedule and tides.  Separate Workshop Registration through their website is required for all Net Loft classes & most classes fill prior to festival. Cost is not included in Festival registration.

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SHOREBIRD AIRBOAT TOURS

Enjoy a scenic airboat trip down the Eyak River on your way to a birder's paradise. 2-3 hour trip. Cost is not included in festival registration (but ask for the Festival Registrant discount!)

Trips fill quickly, so sign up with them soon! 

Call 907-491-1424 to sign-up.

 


other included events and activities not requiring pre-registration

  SHOREBIRD 101  - New to birding or just want a quick and dirty lesson to learn the basics of identifying and enjoying shorebirds? This is for you! Meet at the Cordova Center Education Room and dress for the weather because the second half of class is often held in the field. No advanced signup required.   FREE with your festival registration.

SHOREBIRD 101 - New to birding or just want a quick and dirty lesson to learn the basics of identifying and enjoying shorebirds? This is for you! Meet at the Cordova Center Education Room and dress for the weather because the second half of class is often held in the field. No advanced signup required.  FREE with your festival registration.

  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.

  THE PAINTED BIRD ART SHOW -  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.

THE PAINTED BIRD ART SHOW - 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.

  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.

  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!