Birding is one of the country's fastest growing activities and Leavenworth, with its year-round birding opportunities, one of the featured areas along the Great Washington State Birding Trail. Pick up a free copy of the map illustrating this traveler's trail at the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce or Barn Beach Reserve at 347 Division Street.
There are seven sites listed in the area, selected by Audubon as some of the best birding hotspots in the state. Waterfront Park, only a few blocks from downtown, has tall cottonwoods and other important streamside vegetation full of many species. Look for Gray Catbird, Veery and Bullock’s Oriole. The Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers offer a watery oasis for birds and other wildlife, and are home to Belted Kingfisher, Harlequin Duck and Wood Duck. Osprey are becoming more abundant in the valley, recovering from the impact of pesticides that damaged their eggs and are no longer in use.
Leavenworth’s variety of habitat makes for enjoyable bird watching year-round. See why this is the fastest-growing sport in America! An ideal opportunity to discover more about birds and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day is the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, during the month of May.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest May 14-17, 2009
P.O. Box 2145
The festival is an annual celebration of the return of neoptropical migratory birds to the Wenatchee River Valley in north-central Washington. Throughout the weekend, event and trip leaders use every opportunity to raise awareness that neotropical migratory songbirds birds come to the fine habitat of the Wenatchee Valley from Mexico and Latin America for a very important and brief part of their year – to breed and fledge.
Bird Watching from the River
Icicle Rd. & Hwy. 2
Enjoy Leavenworth & the Icile Valley while drifing down nature's own by-ways of the Icicle and Wenatchee rivers. Bring a camera and a snack. This float goes right by Leavenworth.