Online Bird Fest has crow and raven specialist Kaeli Swift


Last updated 6/21/2020 at 6:43pm

Kaeli Swift

Kaeli Swift is the keynote speaker for the online Puget Bird Fest in September.

Renowned crow and raven specialist Kaeli Swift has been selected as the keynote speaker for the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest, which – for the first time, due to the coronavirus – will be held online September 12-13.

Swift will kick off the festivities Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a live interactive webinar, "Something to Crow About." Other online presentations and activities will follow throughout the weekend.

Crows and ravens are found on nearly every continent. Swift will discuss some of the general aspects of crows that contribute to both our affinity – and sometimes hatred – for them, with a particular emphasis on the most frequent questions people have about these birds, including play, tool use, communal roosting, and funerals.

Webinar guests can ask Swift questions following her presentation.

Interactive webinars on bird photography, beginning birding, and local bird research projects will also be held on Saturday, as well as final voting for the annual Bird Fest Photo Exhibition and Contest.

Other festival events such as the Kids Corner and a Birders' HelpDesk will also be available online. Video-based virtual birding tours featuring some of our local hotspots will be available for viewing, and the Pilchuck Audubon Society plans to host a native plant sale at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden Sunday.

The Bird Fest Planning Committee is planning the 2020 event, and will continue to update the Bird Fest website as the festival schedule develops.

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