Tukwila’s Backyard Wildlife Festival

Did you know that in Washington State alone, there are more than 3,200 species of plants and 498 species of birds? In celebration of our state’s bounty, Tukwila will host the 11th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival teaching all of us how to put more life into our own backyards.

This year, Ciscoe Morris will join the event as the keynote speaker. Oh-la-la! He will be giving a talk on how to attract and support wildlife through garden and landscape practices and will provide tips on how to create and preserve wildlife habitat in our region.

If you’re curious to see and learn more about the many species of birds in our state, you can join Carol Shulz of the Rainier Audubon Society for a Guided Bird Tour along the Duwamish River. Or, venture out on your own after the event to these local spots: Black River Riparian Forest in Renton, Dash Point State Park in Federal Way, Interuban Trail in Tukwila and Point Defiance Park & Garden in Tacoma.      

The festival is FREE and takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Tukwila Community Center. In addition, local hotels are offering special packages and rates throughout the weekend: http://www.seattlesouthside.com/packages-and-promotions/category/6-family-friendly.