Birding and Blues Festival

Posted by OCVA / May 1, 2016

Come to scenic Pacific City, Oregon to enjoy guided nature field trips, birding hikes, all-day tours, nightly blues concerts, and many other lectures and presentations! Friday April 29th will include a free community open house filled with children’s activities and a live seabird presentation put on by Wildlife Center of the North Coast.

Featured speaker this year is Dr. John Marzluff who is a James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington.  His graduate (Northern Arizona University) and initial post-doctoral (University of Vermont) research focused on the social behavior and ecology of jays and ravens.  He continues this theme investigating the intriguing behavior of crows, ravens, and jays.  His current research focuses on the effects of urbanization on songbirds in the Seattle area.  He teaches Ornithology, Governance and Conservation of Rare Species, Field Research in Yellowstone, and Natural and Cultural History of Costa Rica.

Featured band this year is Franco Paletta & the Stingers who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Franco and his band, The Stingers, won the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award for “Best New Act” in 2007, and represented the CBA at the International Blues Challenge, in Memphis, in 2008 and 2013. Franco’s CD’s, “Can’t Kick Love”(2010), and “I Like It Just Like That”(2013) receive regular airplay on radio stations all around the world, including Europe and Sirius-XM’s Bluesville.

Special trips will include a sunset and morning guided kayak paddle, a night owling adventure, a talk on Pelicans at The Pelican Pub & Brewery (dinner will be available), and more!

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