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10th Annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

June 2, 2022

Williamson's Sapsucker

The Festival takes place takes place June 2-5, 2022. Online registration opens April 9 at 8 am PDT.  The Festival is headquartered in beautiful Sisters, Oregon and is a great opportunity to explore new areas and meet other local birders, with a good chance of seeing 11 species of woodpeckers.

This is a very popular festival and most tours fill very quickly, sometimes within a day of registration opening. This year, participants have a choice of fourteen guided tours in search of 11 different woodpecker species and 200 other birds that make central Oregon a birding hot spot.

East Cascades Audubon Society (ECAS) sponsors the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, which offers a fun, friendly, casual atmosphere that is all about the birds.  The trips are affordable, limited in size and guided by two local volunteers.  The proceeds support ECAS education and conservation projects. Proof of Covid 19 vaccination and masking up in the carpools is required.

Tour details, registration and more information are at   Questions can be directed to Gordon Wetzel at


East Cascades Audubon Society
Sisters, Oregon + Google Map

Program Meetings

Our monthly program meetings have something for everyone. During the last year we hosted programs by naturalists, wildlife artists and expert birders on a variety of topics from the birds of Hawaii, to ravens, wolves, and people, to the migration of red knots. Participating in a program meeting is a fun way to get involved with Lane County Audubon. Meetings are free and open to all.

We are currently meeting on Zoom and in-person as conditions allow on the 4th Tuesday of each month between September and May at 7:00 p.m.