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404 1st St
Cordova, AK, 99574
United States


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.


Welcome to the 2019 Copper River Shorebird Festival schedule. This schedule is subject to change. Events and workshops that are not included in your registration fee are noted below.

See the full 2019 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival Program here.

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Keynote Speaker: Pete Dunne

  • North Star Theater, Cordova Center 601 First St Cordova ak (map)

Included in Festival Registration.

On May 29, 1984, thirteen teams of crack field birders set out to make bird watching history: to spot more than 200 species in 24 hours in, of all places, New Jersey.  At the time, this birding milestone was achieved only in the bird-rich states of Texas and California.

Since that eventful first outing, the World Series of Birding has engaged thousands of eager birders and no small number of law officers, curious as to why individuals dressed like Lord of the Rings characters might be prowling around in the Hackensack Meadowlands of New Jersey in the pre-dawn hours.

Over the past thirty-plus years, the World Series of Birding has changed the birding landscape, bringing birding to the attention of the media, and raising close to $9 million for bird conservation.

Thirty-three years, four car manufacturers and hundreds of misadventures later, the hilarious back stories behind the planet’s greatest natural treasure hunt can finally be told.  Come prepared for an evening of entertainment as Pete Dunne, the founder of the now annual event, recounts one incriminating story after another.

Earlier Event: May 3
Featured Presenter: Cesar Guerrero
Later Event: May 4
Birders' Breakfast