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404 1st St
Cordova, AK, 99574
United States

907-424-7260

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.

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Events

Festival Schedule

Click the button to view and download the Festival schedule. Schedule subject to change. Check back for updates!

 


HOLD UP! If you haven't registered for the festival yet, do it now so you can get signed up for these included events and get the Festival Registrant discount for the optional events below.

included events requiring pre-registration

These events are included in festival registration, but require pre-registration, so we can plan accordingly. Please click the button below after you have registered and paid for the festival.

alaganik field trip

It's included in your festival registration fee, but we will need an accurate head-count in order to arrange appropriate transportation to this scenic wetland viewing area on the Copper River Delta. If you did not already indicate so on your registration form, please click the button below to add your name to the Alaganik Field Trip list!

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birders' mixer cocktail hour with major marine tours

Major Marine Tours is hosting this fun on-water event on Saturday night from 4-6pm! Entrance and appetizers are included in your festival registration fee, but space is limited. Please click the button below to be added to the entrance list for this event. Note: beverage cost while on board is not included in festival registration.


Optional events requiring pre-registration

The cost for these events are NOT included in festival registration, but if you register for the full festival first, you can use your Payment Confirmation Code to get a receive a Festival Registrant Discount!

SHOREBIRD ART & HAND-CRAFTING WORKSHOPS WITH THE NET LOFT

View the full list of Net Loft classes and descriptions here. All classes held at the Net Loft classroom. Registration is required for all Net Loft classes & most classes fill prior to festival, so reserve now. Cost is not included in Festival registration (but ask for the 10% Festival Registrant discount). Sign up now to reserve your place by clicking on the image. Space is limited!

Class times: Thurs, May 4th - 6-9:30pm, Fri, May 5th - 1:30-5pm, Sat, May 6th - several times, Sun, May 7th - 2:30-5:30pm

ABUNDANCE OF BIRDS: MANY FACES OF THE MAASKAAQ

Join Ilanka Cultural Center staff and make a clay mask with feathers representing the cultural significance of birds in local Native culture. Class is two-part and held in the Native Village of Eyak building. Registration required and cost is not included in Festival registration (but ask for the Festival Registrant Discount!) Space is limited. To sign up, call 907-424-7903.

Class times: (must attend both classes) Friday, May 5th – 10am - noon and Saturday, May 6th 11am – 1pm

SHOREBIRD AIRBOAT TOURS

Enjoy a scenic airboat trip down the Eyak River on your way to a birder's paradise. 2-3 hour trip. Cost is not included in festival registration (but ask for the Festival Registrant discount!) Advanced sign up required!  For more info, click on the image. To make your reservation, call 907-491-1424 or email riversideinn1@hotmail.com. 

Tour times: Thursday May 4th—8:45am, Friday May 5th - 9:00 am, Saturday May 6th 10:00am, Sunday May 7th 11:00am


other events and activities

SHOREBIRD 101 - New to birding or just want a quick and dirty lesson to learn the basics of identifying and enjoying shorebirds? This is for you! Friday from 3-5pm, meet at the Cordova Center Education Room and dress for the weather because the second half of class will be held in the field. No advanced signup required.  FREE with your festival registration.

SHOREBIRD 101 - New to birding or just want a quick and dirty lesson to learn the basics of identifying and enjoying shorebirds? This is for you! Friday from 3-5pm, meet at the Cordova Center Education Room and dress for the weather because the second half of class will be held in the field. No advanced signup required.  FREE with your festival registration.

GREAT CORDOVA BIRDING CHALLENGE - Compete on a team of 2-4 to see how many birds you can see in an 8 hour period. Starts on Sunday at 1pm and ends at 9pm with a tally and awards at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. FREE with Festival Registration, $10 for non-registrants. Click the image to sign up or do so at the Festival Info Table.

GREAT CORDOVA BIRDING CHALLENGE - Compete on a team of 2-4 to see how many birds you can see in an 8 hour period. Starts on Sunday at 1pm and ends at 9pm with a tally and awards at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. FREE with Festival Registration, $10 for non-registrants. Click the image to sign up or do so at the Festival Info Table.

WINE & CHEESE MIXER - Join us in the Cordova Center Atrium before the Friday night speaking events to mix and mingle with other birders. No advanced signup required. Entrance is FREE with Festival Registration. Donations per glass of wine.

WINE & CHEESE MIXER - Join us in the Cordova Center Atrium before the Friday night speaking events to mix and mingle with other birders. No advanced signup required. Entrance is FREE with Festival Registration. Donations per glass of wine.

BIRDS OF PARADISE ART SHOW - Bird-centric art show with works by local artists and David Sibley at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Center. Opening Reception Thursday evening with a book signing by David Sibley. Exhibit is open all weekend. No reservations required. FREE (donations accepted) with your Festival Registration.

BIRDS OF PARADISE ART SHOW - Bird-centric art show with works by local artists and David Sibley at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Center. Opening Reception Thursday evening with a book signing by David Sibley. Exhibit is open all weekend. No reservations required. FREE (donations accepted) with your Festival Registration.

TOUR DE PEEPS - See the birds from a new perspective. This bike/walk/run is easy and suitable for all ages. Sunday 9am-Noon. No advanced signup required. Bikes not provided.  FREE with your Festival Registration.

TOUR DE PEEPS - See the birds from a new perspective. This bike/walk/run is easy and suitable for all ages. Sunday 9am-Noon. No advanced signup required. Bikes not provided.  FREE with your Festival Registration.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES - Take the hatchlings to some fun kids' activities Thursday 5:30-7pm at the Cordova Center Education Room and Saturday 2-4pm at Mt. Eccles Playground. Grab a Shorebird Passport and collect stamps at all the great festival activities! For the full list of Children's events, click here. FREE with your Festival Registration.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES - Take the hatchlings to some fun kids' activities Thursday 5:30-7pm at the Cordova Center Education Room and Saturday 2-4pm at Mt. Eccles Playground. Grab a Shorebird Passport and collect stamps at all the great festival activities! For the full list of Children's events, click hereFREE with your Festival Registration.

 
SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL 4H MUSIC CAMP FUNDRAISER DINNER - Friday night from 4:30-6pm before the Friday Night Talks. No advanced sign up required. Just come enjoy live bluegrass music, seafood lasagne and homemade mac n cheese at Mt. Eccles Elementary School to support our renowned Bluegrass camp for kids. Email kzskz@zamudios.net with questions. Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!

SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL 4H MUSIC CAMP FUNDRAISER DINNER - Friday night from 4:30-6pm before the Friday Night Talks. No advanced sign up required. Just come enjoy live bluegrass music, seafood lasagne and homemade mac n cheese at Mt. Eccles Elementary School to support our renowned Bluegrass camp for kids. Email kzskz@zamudios.net with questions. Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!

BIRDER'S BREAKFAST - Saturday morning from 8am-11am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. No advanced sign up required. Click the image above for info on the Church. Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!

BIRDER'S BREAKFAST - Saturday morning from 8am-11am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. No advanced sign up required. Click the image above for info on the Church. Ask for the Festival Registrant discount!