HOQUIAM, Wash. - April of each year hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in the Grays Harbor estuary on their northern migration. Flying from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants.
Some birds travel more than 15,000 miles round trip. Shorebirds feed on the open mudflats in the estuary and offer an impressive show. This concentration of birds offers visitors a great chance to view a dazzling range of shorebird species. Observing the birds fly together in dramatic formations is a rare and wonderful event.
Another local bird and the fastest creature on earth, the Peregrine falcon, also find the shorebirds attractive. Falcons are natural their predators and use the migration as an opportunity to feed.
Noted wildlife artist, author and scientific illustrator, Bart Roulon, will be the keynote speaker at the Friday night kickoff event at Hoquiam High School.
For more information, contact Grays Harbor Tourism at 800-621-9625 or visit the Web site at www.visitgraysharbor.com. For a complete calendar of events, bird walks and registration, go to www.shorebirdfestival.com.