Photo: Matthew Sadler

2014 Tofino Shorebird Festival

FRIDAY, MAY 2

17TH ANNUAL TOFINO SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL OPENING  RECEPTION & GUEST PRESENTATION
SHOREBIRDS OF THE WEST COAST : LOCALS AND TOURISTS

WITH AVIAN BIOLOGIST MARK MAFTEI
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Appetizers and opening reception
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Presentation
At Darwin’s Café in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
$10 suggested donation

From sandy beaches to rocky reefs to tidal mudflats, the diverse habitats found along the west coast of Vancouver Island are home to a number of familiar shorebirds year-round. Every spring and fall, these hardy locals are joined by vast flocks of migratory species that use critical stopover sites like the Tofino Mudflats to rest and refuel on their lengthy journeys. This talk will focus on the behavior and ecology of resident and migrating shorebirds on the West Coast.

SATURDAY, MAY 3

BIRDING BY KAYAK ON THE ARAKUN FLATS
WITH KAYAK GUIDE AND NATURALIST ANDY MURRAY

8:30am-12:30pm
Meet at Tofino Sea Kayaking at 320 Main St., Tofino.
$75 incl. Tax per person - a portion of proceeds are donated to the RES and the Tofino Shorebird Festival.
Please book through Tofino Sea Kayaking at 250-725-4222.

This four-hour sea kayaking tour will take you on a journey to the expansive Arakun mudlfats at the base of Meares Island to experience shorebird habitats only accessible by water. This is a unique birding opportunity to paddle with naturalist Andy Murray in the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area along the shores of ancient coastal rainforests of giant Western Redcedars, Sitka Spruce, and Western Hemlocks. Sea kayaking experience is not necessary. You will be in double kayaks, so you can alternate with your partner in paddling and birdwatching!

LUNCH & ART SHOW
FEATURING THE LINO-CUT BLOCK PRINTS OF ALLISON TREMAIN

12:00pm-3:00pm
At Jamie’s Rainforest Inn Restaurant and Lounge, 1258 Pacific Rim Hwy.

Come meet local artist Allison Tremain, peruse her lino-cut block prints of west coast birds, and grab a bite to eat at Jamie’s Restaurant and Lounge.

BUILDING BETTER BIRDING SKILLS ON THE TOFINO MUDFLATS
WITH ANDY MURRAY AND ADRIAN DORST

3:00pm-5:00pm
Meet at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn, 1258 Pacific Rim Hwy. (formerly Clayoquot Orca Lodge)
Free of Charge

This program is great for new and experienced birders as well as anyone interested in the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area. Learn how to identify and count geese, ducks, shorebirds, raptors and more on the Tofino Mudflats. Bring your binoculars or spotting scope if you have them - but we have plenty to loan out too. For everybody’s enjoyment (but especially for the birds and other wildlife), unleashed dogs are not permitted in the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area, so please leave your pets at home.

THE JUAN DE FUCA EDDY – A CRITICAL STOPOVER SITE FOR MIGRATING SABINE’S GULLS
WITH AVIAN BIOLOGIST SHANTI DAVIS

7:30pm-8:30pm
At Darwin’s Café in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
$5 suggested donation

Sabine’s gulls undertake spectacular long distance migrations, travelling more than 30,000 km annually from the circumpolar Arctic to wintering areas in the southern hemisphere. Tracks of Sabine’s gulls from a breeding colony in the Canadian High Arctic reveal that the Juan de Fuca Eddy off the west coast of Vancouver Island is the most important stopover site used by these remarkable birds during both their north and southbound migration.

SUNDAY, MAY 4

GUIDED VOYAGE TO CLELAND ISLAND SEABIRD COLONY
WITH CLELAND ISLAND ECOLOGICAL RESERVE WARDEN PETE CLARKSON

10:00am-1:00pm
$65 incl. Tax per person.
Please book through Jamie’s Whaling, Tofino (606 Campbell St) at 1-800-667-9913 or info@jamies.com.

Cleland Island Ecological Reserve is the best spot in the region for seabirds, where we often see spectacular Tufted Puffins, Marbled Murrelets, Rhinoceros Auklet, and Black Oystercatchers. This three-hour trip is lead by Cleland Island Ecological Reserve Warden Pete Clarkson.