Cisco Morris Will Be At Tukwila’s Backyard Wildlife Festival May 14th

The City of Tukwila will be hosting its 11th annual Backyard Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 14th, featuring garden tours, arts and crafts and guest speakers including local gardener and host of KING5’s “Gardening with Ciscoe,” Ciscoe Morris.

The festival, which will be held at Tukwila Community Center (located at 12424 42nd Ave South) is FREE to attend.

Here are the details:

WHAT: The City of Tukwila and the Tukwila Community Center present the 11th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2011; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Tukwila Community Center, located at 12424 42nd Ave South; Tukwila, WA 98168.

INFO: From a press release:

The City of Tukwila announces the 11th Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Tukwila Community Center.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about native wildlife and how to create an environmentally-friendly backyard habitat and enjoy fun activities throughout the day. Festival highlights include: Hummingbird Madness Talk with Ciscoe Morris, Guided Bird Tour along the Duwamish River, Certified Backyard Habitat Garden Tour, Arts & Crafts Marketplace, Pancake Breakfast, and more.

Popular highlights of the festival include the Guided Bird Tour along the Duwamish River and the Certified Backyard Habitat Garden Tour.  The bird tour is led by a Rainier Audubon expert and meanders along the banks of the Duwamish River – where bird sightings are numerous.  The garden tour takes you on an adventure through backyards and gardens in the area, including Tukwila and SeaTac, which have been certified as backyard habitats by the National Wildlife Federation.

A complete schedule of activities, speakers and tours is as follows:

  • All Day – Art & Crafts Marketplace, Educational Booths, Native Plant Sale by Tadpole Haven Native Plants, Recycled Art Show and Tukwila Days Fine Art Show
  • 8:30 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast provided by Tukwila Sister Cities Committee
  • 9 a.m. – “Managing Invasive Plants and Using Native Plants to Benefit Wildlife” with Sandra Whiting, Urban Environmentalist, City of Tukwila
  • 10 a.m. – “Creating a Wildlife Friendly Garden and Yard” with Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager, National Wildlife Federation PW Region
  • 10 a.m. – Guided Bird Tour along the Duwamish River with Carol Shulz, Rainier Audubon Society
  • 11 a.m. – “Bats of the World and the Pacific Northwest:  How You Can Help” with Michelle Noe, President, Bats Northwest
  • 12 p.m. – “Easy Steps for Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden” with Colleen Miko, Landscape Artist and Garden Designer
  • 1:30 p.m.  – “Hummingbird Madness:  How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard and Garden” with Ciscoe Morris, Master Gardener, Certified Arborist and Teacher at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture
  • 3-6 p.m. – Certified Backyard Habitat Garden Tour

For additional information on the Backyard Wildlife Festival, please visit Stay close to the action by booking a nearby Backyard Wildlife Hotel and receive a complimentary bag filled with goodies.

Some local hotels that are offering special deals include:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Southcenter:  Rates start at $99 and include complimentary parking and access to the indoor pool.  For reservations call 800-321-2211.
  • Doubletree Guest Suites:  Rates start at $119 and include complimentary parking, indoor pool.  For reservations call 888-235-4411.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton:  Rates start at $119 and include complimentary Manager’s Reception, full cooked to order breakfast and access to the indoor pool.  For reservations call 800-362-2779.
  • Homewood Suites:  Rates start at $129 and include complimentary continental breakfast, parking and access to the outdoor pool.  For reservations call (800) CALL-HOME.

Each of these hotels offer complimentary courtesy shuttle service to and from the Festival based on availability.  Rates are subject to availability, payable in US Funds and do not include applicable taxes.

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