10th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival Coming To Tukwila May 8th

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What do you get when you mix wildlife habitat advocacy with a fun, FREE, all-day event featuring varieties of entertainment and educational sessions?

You get the Backyard Wildlife Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary in Tukwila on Saturday, May 8th, from 9am to 3pm at the Tukwila Community Center.

And you also get the very popular Certified Backyard Habitat Garden Tour at 3:00pm.

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the City of Tukwila will also be dedicating its newest park and certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat – Codiga Park!

Brimming with activities, the Backyard Wildlife Festival inspires people to welcome wildlife into their backyards, gardens, and communities. The arts and crafts marketplace, educational talks, kids area, and the garden tour will return to delight attendees. In addition, the Guided Bird Tour with Rainier Audubon Society’s Carol Shulz is back by popular demand.

Here are the details:

WHAT: 10th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, May 8th from 9am – 3pm.

WHERE: Tukwila Community Center, located at 12424 42nd Ave. South.

SCHEDULE: 2010 Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00am: Codiga Park Dedication
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm: Festival at the Community Center. Workshops, presentations and events; arts and crafts and nature booths; live music; kids area; arts and crafts station; and food booths!
  • 10:00am: Guided Bird Tour with the Rainier Audubon Society.
  • 11:30am: Ed Hume – Secrets for Success in Growing Vegetables
  • 1:00pm: Linda Chalker-Scott – Miracle or Marketing-Do Garden Remedies Really Work?
  • 2:00pm: Seattle Tilth – Composting At Home
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Self-guided tour of local gardens certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitats

INFO: Event Hotline: Tukwila Community Center (206) 768-2822.


An Official Washington State Event – International Migratory Bird Day is also May 8th!

All over the country, IMBD celebrates the return of millions of migratory birds to their North American breeding grounds. As the hallmark annual event, IMBD is turning into Earth Day for birders.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with us: www.birdday.org

Thinking of Staying Overnight? Check with the Seattle Southside Visitors Center for more information on area hotels.

Sponsored by:

  • City of Tukwila
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • REI
  • King Conservation District
  • Ed Hume Seeds

Backyard Wildlife Festival Advisory Committee:

  • Tracy Gallaway, Shannon Fisher and Karla Lindula, City of Tukwila
  • Pam Linder, Tukwila City Council
  • Courtney Sullivan, National Wildlife Federation
  • Michelle Roedell, Tukwila Wildlife Habitat Project
  • Kristen Ragain, REI
  • Paul Borne – King Conservation District
  • Rebecca Fox, City of Tukwila

For more information, check out the Backyard Wildllfe Festival website here.

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