“Welcome to Subirdia” Keynote Speech and Silent Auction, 9/28, 5:00pm – 9:00pm


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Online registration is CLOSED, but there are still spaces available for this event. You may register in person Thursday night 9/26 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm at our Taking Flight Social at the Salt Hotel and Pub in Ilwaco, WA; or from 8:00am - 4:00pm on Friday 9/27 and 8:30am - 4:00pm on Saturday 9/28 at the Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA.  Please send any questions to wingsoverwillapa@gmail.com

Join us for an exciting evening of good food/drink; a stimulating keynote about birds and birding in and around our suburbs and city parks; a literary/dance combination that pays tribute to our Washington State birds; a silent auction featuring the works of talented local artists, jewelers, businesses, and more to raise funds for a visitor center at the new (under construction) headquarters of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge; and the chance to talk to other birders and nature lovers.

  • Located at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
  • 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Keynote speaker: John Marzluff, University of Washington
  • Literary/dance presentation: Mary Lou Sanelli
  • Delicious buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Silent auction
  • Fee: $50, includes all of the above plus a drink coupon and a souvenir Wings Over Willapa glass
  • Limited to 100 attendees

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Keynote Speaker Professor John Marzluff : “Welcome to Subirdia”

We all know that human development is threatening our environment. Runoff pollutes our streams. Homes and businesses encroach on wilderness habitat. Energy use warms the planet. Too many species are in decline. And yet, for some of our most charismatic wild creatures, suburban and urban habitats offer surprising opportunities to thrive.

In Welcome to Subirdia, Dr. Marzluff, the James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, reveals that our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity—holding more species than either wilderness areas or urban centers. In fact, suburbs may play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts. Welcome to Subirdia shows us how.

Dr. Marzluff has mentored over 40 graduate students and authored over 140 scientific papers on various aspects of bird behavior and wildlife management. He is currently leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Team for the critically endangered Mariana Crow, a former member of the Washington Biodiversity Council, and a Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union.

Interpretive dance

Professional dancer and author Mary Lou Sanelli will offer a literary/dance combination which was choreographed in tribute to our Washington State Birds and inspired by watching two crows build a nest outside her window in Seattle. Sanelli has earned a solid reputation in the literary and public-speaking community through a steady commitment to writing and 20 years of successful public readings and presentations. Also a master teacher of Lyrical style contemporary dance, she teaches workshops throughout the world.


Salads—Pear Gorgonzola, Caesar Salad Spears, Asian Chicken Salad

Sliders—Grilled Chicken and Pineapple
Reuben Sandwich Sliders

Main Options—Roasted Tomato, Basil & Garlic Capellini Pomodoro
Roasted Root Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze
Three Cheese Mac Bites
Fortina and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Dessert—Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Cream Sauce
Chilled Fruit Skewers

Beer from North Jetty Brewing, assorted wines, and sodas

PLEASE NOTE: One checkout per mailing address; include the full names of all registrants.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Our festival is a “rain or shine” event, with exception for extreme weather conditions that require cancellation for the safety of the trip.  Wings Over Willapa reserves the right to cancel any event for any reason, and you will receive a full refund for any paid event which we cancel and cannot provide an acceptable substitution.  Registrant cancellations before September 12th will be refunded with $10 processing fee per registrant.   No refunds for cancellations after September 12th.