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The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival has returned in 2022! The festival takes place June 2 - 5. Registration opened on April 9, 2022 at 8 am PDT. It is a great opportunity to explore new areas and meet other local birders, with a good chance of seeing 11 species of woodpeckers. For descriptions of the Tours, go to this page. If you have further questions, please contact us at or call 541-241-2190

Participants must be vaccinated and willing to wear a mask in a carpool.

  *  Based in Sisters, Oregon 
  *  11 Species of Woodpeckers 
  *  200 bird species seen last year 
  *  Fun, friendly and casual atmosphere 
  *  Affordable for all 
  *  All dollars support ECAS's education programs 
  *  We strictly follow birding ethics... guidelines
  *  At least two local field trip leaders per group 
  *  Many choices for field trips ...

Click here to see a list of the bird species seen at the 2019 Festival 

Recipient of a 2015 Mindful Birding Award

Steve Shunk's book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America, is now available. Steve is a local author and birder and founder of the original Woodpecker Wonderland festival. Steve will be the speaker at the Saturday Night Belfry event. Here is a summary of his talk. Join us by buying a ticket on the Registration page.

"Welcome to Woodpecker Wonderland! Half of all North American woodpecker species--11 of 22--breed annually in the Sisters area. What makes this place so special? North American woodpecker specialist and 25-year central Oregon resident, Steve Shunk, will demystify the phenomenon of our woodpecker abundance and diversity. He will tell you a little bit about each species and will discuss the natural history, ecology, and conservation of our local forest carpenters."

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