Find a new feathered friend like this Northern Flicker at one of this spring's birding festivals.

The daffodils are up, the cherry trees are blossoming and spring is in the air. The air is also full of birds migrating and nesting across the state of Oregon. Whether you’re a beginning birder or well-weathered friend of the feathered, you’ll enjoy these and other birding events in Oregon.

Don’t miss the 33rd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival in Eastern Oregon’s Harney County April 11-13, 2014. It’s your chance to view thousands of birds migrating through the high desert landscape of the Harney Basin. The family-friendly event includes a variety of birding activities as well as historical and cultural elements.

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival in La Grande, May 16-18, 2014, commemorates International Migratory Bird Day. Held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ladd Marsh, the weekend includes talks from experts, marsh outings and kids’ activities. Visitors will have the chance to see more than 200 bird species that live at or pass through the area, including ducks, geese, raptors, passerines and shore birds.

The Tualatin River Bird Festival will take place on May 17 at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood. In its 20th year, the family-focused event will include workshops on building bee boards and bird and bat houses, fly fishing and archery demos, and various educational outings, including an early morning bird walk as well as wildlife, wildflower and twilight walks.

For more information about bird migrations and bird viewing areas, visit the ODFW’s Wildlife Viewing map.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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