Tundra Swan Festival Returns

Out There Outdoors

Cusick, Wash.

The pandemic may have shut down last year’s Tundra Swan Festival in Pend Oreille County, but the annual migration of tundra swans that makes an annual stop in Pend Oreille Valley waterbodies carried on as usual, although with fewer human observers. This year the Tundra Swan Festival in Cusick, Wash., is back on March 20, 2021 and is a great opportunity to view these spectacular birds with other likeminded people.

A medium-distance migrant, tundra swans may travel from as far away as New Mexico, the California coast, and Colorado River, or as near as southern Idaho.

A tundra swan gets a running start on the surface of Calispel Lake. Photo courtesy: Porta
A tundra swan gets a running start on the surface of Calispel Lake. // Photo courtesy: Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance

The event includes presentations, workshops, information booths, artisan vendors, a bus shuttle to Calispel Lake for wildlife viewing, and a hot buffet lunch at the Camas Center for Community Wellness in Cusick.

This event does sell out, so book early your $15 ticket, $10 shuttle pass, and lunch ($15). More info at the website for Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance (PORTA): Porta.us/tundraswanfestival.

A woman and man observing with binoculars a group of Tundra swans on the water in the Pend Oreille River Valley in northeast Washington State.
Spotting swans in Pend Oreille County. // Photo courtesy: Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance

[Feature Photo: A tundra swan gets a running start on the surface of Calispel Lake. Photo courtesy: Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance]

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