Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest 2021


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We are merging with our 22nd Annual Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe this year. Please follow agenda and schedule here. 

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Details from previous years below...

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KEEN's flagship event, Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe (GISS), runs concurrently with Bird Fest. When the birds are being coy or your arms are getting tired from holding up the binoculars, you can attend any of the free field trips offered by experts! Find out more here and visit the GISS booths in the Umtanum Creek Recreation Area parking lot from 9am to 1pm on Saturday May 12.

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Ornithological Summary

The extensive cliffs, shrub-steppe, and riparian cottonwood forests provide a rich mixture of habitats. Particularly important are the immense basalt cliffs and talus slopes interspersed with shrub-steppe vegetation, which support a diverse assemblage of birds associated with this habitat, including White-throated Swift, Cliff Swallow, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, and 21 species of raptors. Ten of these raptor species breed in and around the canyon, including two pairs of Golden Eagles and five pairs of Prairie Falcons. The cliffs and shrub-steppe habitat also support dense populations of Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, and Great-horned Owls. Up to 20 Bald Eagles winter along the river, subsisting primarily on whitefish. The riparian habitats along the river and its tributaries support a high diversity and abundance of songbirds.

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414 South Willow Street

Ellensburg, WA 98926



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Our mission is to cultivate an active awareness and understanding of the endangered shrub-steppe, provide

nature-based education for all ages, and strengthen commitment to environmental stewardship.

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