KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska Hummingbird Festival started on Friday evening and will continue through the last week of April.
The festival is presented by the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, and includes craft activities, virtual lectures, and guided or self-guided bird walks at locations around Ketchikan.
Throughout the festival (which runs through April 22), youth participants can create art of "Woodsy the Owl" at the festival's programs. Those creations will be displayed at from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, at Ward Lake, according to the festival schedule released by the U.S. Forest Service. 
Participants also are encouraged to download the Agents of Discovery app, to "learn about Woodsy Owl and other birds throughout the month of April using the interactive AOD gaming platform," according to the schedule. 
The complete 2022 Alaska Hummingbird Festival schedule, according to the released schedule, is as follows:
• Friday: The festival opened with the Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show opening reception.A virtual Friday Night Insight lecture was held live on Facebook.
• Saturday: "Birding with Biologist Ben Limle" will be held at Rotary Beach from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will be "spotting scopes for close-up views."
• April 8: Registration is required for conservation education programs focusing on shorebird watercolor, seabird nest and eggs and a birding scavenger hunt from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ward Lake. A virtual Friday Night Insight lecture (on Facebook at 6 p.m.) will focus on a description of the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival with Erin Cooper. 
• April 9: "Birding with Biologist Ben Limle" will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., beginning at the Ward Lake parking lot. There again will be spotting scopes.
• April 15: Education programs focusing on songbird nest art, bald eagles and another birding scavenger hunt is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ward Lake. Registration is required. That evening's virtual Friday Night Insight features features entries into the Hummingbird Festival Art Exhibit, along with biographies of the submitting artists and their inspirations. 
• April 16: "Birding with a Ranger" (a guided scavenger hunt) is set for 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., starting at the Ward Lake parking lot.
• Earth Day, April 22: Education programs about owl adaptation and art, owl food and pellets, and a birding scavenger hunt will be held at Ward Lake from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Earth Day's Friday Night Insight will be a celebration of the 52nd Earth Day.
• April 23: "Birding with Biologist Steve Heinl" starts at the Ward Lake parking lot and will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
• April 29: Education programs surrounding recycled art and beaks and skulls are set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ward Lake. A birding scavenger hunt also will be available. Registration is required.
• April 30: Participants can drop in at Totem Bight State Park for a self-guided bird walk from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The schedule notes that participants should "pick up bird ID checklists, kids crafts, and a snack at the visitor's building before setting off on a self-guided bird walk."