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Cordova, AK, 99574
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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.

The Festival

Video by the Center for Conservation Biology ( Shorebird flock just offshore near the Rio Pacora, Panama. 

Experience the avian aurora!

may 2nd - 5th, 2019

come be inspired ON THE COPPER RIVER DELTA!

Witness the shimmering flocks of millions of shorebirds as they take a short break on the Copper River Delta while passing from their wintering areas across the globe to their breeding grounds in the north.

Join birders, photographers, biologists, conservationists, artists and global citizens for a laid back weekend of birding, hiking, art and MORE in one of the most pristine natural places on earth.

2019 Speakers & Workshops

The Copper River Delta is proud to host presenters from around the world, and a wide variety of events and workshops. Stay tuned as we schedule and announce more!

Pete Dunne and the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May, NJ

Pete Dunne and the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May, NJ

featured Presenter: Pete dunne

Pete Dunne, also known as the “bard of birding” is the author of nearly twenty books treating birds, birding, natural history and conservation including Tales of a Low Rent Birder, The Feather Quest, Hawks in Flight, Pete Dunne on Birding, and most recently, Gulls Simplified (with Kevin Karlson). 

The retired Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, he now serves as New Jersey Audubon’s Ambassador of Birding.  Pete Dunne is possibly best known for his years counting hawks at Cape May, NJ and for founding the World Series of Birding. As an instructor at National Audubon’s Hog Island Camp, leader for Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours, and workshop instructor in Cape May, he has brought thousands of birders to higher levels of acumen and awareness.

Now 67, living in the Bayshore town of Mauricetown, NJ, with his photographer wife Linda, he is completing a book treating North American Bird Families.  

visiting artist: zack mclaughlin of paper&wood

Zack started making his paper and wood birds after experimenting with his own Children's book in which a little boy makes a bird lantern out of old book pages and willow sticks. After struggling to envisage what it would look like He went about making his own as a prop to draw from, this sparked something and after much playing and experimenting Zack made more and more detailed birds over the years, detail is his obsession.

Each bird takes anything from 30 - 120 hours to create, Zack takes great pleasure in creating each bird as realistically as he can, from the first drawings to the last stroke of paint every little feather is lovingly crafted. Pop over to his Instagram, (tab on the left) to get an idea of how much work goes into each bird. See Zack’s work here: and stay tuned for special workshops with Zack.

Listen for yourself! Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival on the air!

Our own Erin Cooper, USFS Biologist, was a guest on KSKA Public Radio talking about the shorebirds, migration and the 2015 festival.  Take a listen:


The great cordova birding challenge - bird here, now!

The 2019 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival will continue the tradition of hosting a Birding Challenge.  This year’s event will be an 8 hour challenge to be held on Sunday, May 6.  The Challenge is open to anyone, and is meant to be a fun event for all, be you a serious birder, someone willing to learn, or for families.  Teams will begin at 1:00pm and in 8 hours, count as many species by sight and sound as they can.  The event will finish at 9 PM at the Reluctant Fisherman, where teams that are late, will forfeit 1 bird from the lists for every 5 minutes that they are late.  Again, the point of this friendly competition is for everyone to have FUN birding.  In the end, with teams out scouring the brush for a day, some interesting sightings are made every year.  We hope you will participate!

Complete rules and entry form HERE

The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is proud to be sponsored by the following dedicated organizations:

we are grateful for the following partnerships which provide for a robust event: