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Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show
September 10, 2016
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until September 11, 2016
The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11 during the 29th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Northwest Championship at the Water Resources Education Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
This premier wildlife carving show and competition attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. The featured artist at this year’s event is Ted Smith, who has been carving for 32 years and just started entering competitions within the past five years. Several of his grebes have won best of show and other awards.
There will be many things to see and do over the weekend, such as the 2015 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, with winning entries on display through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. Mini wood duck decoys will be judged in the fountain pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and mini green-winged teal drake decoys will be traded at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be seminars and demonstrations, such as Joe Girtner’s presentation about the importance of research and habitat when carving (9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday) and Dale Barret’s talk about how creating specialized tools can help achieve realistic fish carvings (10 a.m. to noon on Sunday).
Families are encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Water Center presents a special Second Saturday activity for kids: the chance to paint little wooden birds or feathers of their own while learning about different bird species. For more information, see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show, see www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.