Come see why the Leavenworth area is a highlight of Audubon Washington’s Great Washington State Birding Trail. Pick up your free copy of the map of this highway traveler’s trail at the Leavenworth Chamber office or at the Barn Beach Reserve at 347 Division Street. There are seven sites listed in the area, selected 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 Grey 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 birding 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 – Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, May 6-8, 2005.