Shorebird Festival begins May 3

Celebrate the magic of migration with shorebird artwork

Arctic-breeding shorebirds lay four eggs per clutch in a small crape directly on the ground. These freshly hatched Ruddy Turnstone chicks will hatch, dry off and leave their nest often within the first 24 hours of being born.

The 2018 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival, May 3-6, invites attendees to witness the delights of the shorebird migration through local and international artwork. View two exhibits at the Copper River Gallery, create shorebird art of your own, and see the Current Rhythms Dance Company perform between featured festival presenters.

This year The Net Loft has assembled a global art exhibit called “Copper River Delta Birds by Hand”. This event brings crafters from around the world together to celebrate the humbling migration of shorebirds through the Copper River Delta. This exhibit will feature a handcrafted migrant flock of birds artistically displayed in the Copper River Gallery.  Currently handmade birds from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Canada have migrated here to be featured. Anyone and everyone are encouraged to participate. For more information on how you can contribute to our very own hand-crafted flock of migrant birds see

The Copper River Gallery will also be hosting “The Painted Bird” art exhibit which proudly displays art from local and other Alaskan artists.   Both exhibits open May 3 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. at the Copper River Museum in the Cordova Center. These events will be open throughout the festival weekend so drop by to see the avian artwork and if you fall in love with a piece of art, you can purchase to enjoy in your home. Avian migration across the globe has inspired wonderful art created by famous artists in photos, documentaries, carvings, sculpture, paintings and murals in every media you can imagine. Charley Harper, John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson and David Sibley are all famous for their depictions of birds in their art.

How about a chance to flex your own inner Audubon? Under the guidance of Copper River Canvas at the Alaskan Bar, you can create and bring home your own piece of shorebird art 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Spaces will fill quickly so please sign up in advance. Call 907-429-7997 or email for reservations. Previous class photos are available on their Facebook page. All willing attendees will also be given a 3×3 canvas to paint and donate to the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival silent auction.

Another artistic feature of the Festival will include a performance by the Current Rhythms dance group. Come enjoy bird-themed interpretive dance in between featured speakers at the Cordova Center on May 4. This event will occur at 7 p.m. after the wine and cheese event; $10 at the door for visitors who are not registered..

Additional information about the Cordova Shorebird Festival and festival schedule can be found at

The American Golden Plover will perform a “broken wing display” to attract predators when threats are near. As the predator follows the apparently injured bird, they are drawn away from the bird’s nest. Once the predator gets too close, the bird flies away, leaving the predator confused and away from the nest.