Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival

Western Sandpiper at Hartney Bay

Photo credit Milo Burcham

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival May 8-11, 2014

Renown Swedish painter and naturalist Lars Jonsson, will be our keynote speaker and he will be joined by guest speaker Susan Bonfield, Executive Director of Environment for the Americas, the organization whose signature program is International Migratory Bird Day.

Lars Jonsson was born in 1952 in Sweden. He has painted birds since he was 4, and has been a professional artist since the age of 18. His favorite subjects are birds; his work also includes landscapes, portraits, plants, and large mammals. He has written and illustrated a field guide to the birds of Europe. His art has taken him to six continents. He has been included in Birds In Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum since 1982, and he was named Master Wildlife Artist there in 1987. He has published 11 books, including two covering his own art – Birds and Light: The Art of Lars Jonsson; Lars Jonsson’s Birds: Pictures from a Near Horizon. In 2004, he opened a museum in Southern Gotland, Sweden, where he resides.

Susan Bonfield earned a B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an M.S. in Ecology Fisheries and Wildlife from University of Michigan. After studying Black-legged Kittiwakes in Alaska, she returned to the lower 48 where she has since gained over 17 years experience in bird research and education. She has conducted bird surveys, run banding stations, and been a part of bird research in Maine, Virginia, California, and Colorado. Because of her interest in education and bird conservation, she enjoys applying her knowledge of birds to programs that involve people of all ages. She has created education programs in the U.S. and Mexico, assisted with workshops on bird monitoring and conservation in both countries, taught basic identification courses, and led Elderhostels and youth science programs.

The 2014 schedule will include guided bird outings, keynote and guest speakers, an art workshop led by Lars Jonsson and many more community activities.  Check back for the updated 2014 schedule and registration forms and details.Alaganik Slough Ron Niebrugge Birds in flight Ron Niebrugge

The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival was established in 1990 by the United States Forest Service.  Beginning as a two-day workshop, the festival emphasized research networking. The Copper River Delta Shorebird Unit, comprised of participating researchers, became part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), a coalition of more than 240 organizations in North and South America whose mission is shorebird conservation.  Over the years the festival has grown into a world-class birding event including birding excursions, educational presentations and sightseeing through the efforts of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the USFS, Prince William Sound Science Center, local businesses and enthusiastic and knowledgeable community volunteers.   Call the Chamber at 424-7260 to volunteer today.

We welcome you to visit these coastal wetlands crucial to 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, cameras, spotting scopes and knee boots and leave with a heart full of memories.

Feel free to download and print the registration form and schedule.  Check back often for possible updates and Like us on Facebook for festival news in the weeks leading up to Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival 2014.  If you have any questions you can call 907-424-7260 or email to

2014 CRDSF Registration Form

Shorebird Schedule 2014

Birders Challenge Rule 2014

The Nest 2014

Call The Net Loft to register for workshop and class.  907-424-7337