The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15 during the 26th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Competition at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
This premier wildlife carving show and competition show attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. Michael Buelna is the featured artist for this year’s event. Michael grew up in California, spent much time outdoors with his father and grandfather and served as a State Game Warden. Buelna started carving in 1978 and has produced waterfowl, other birds and fish. He credits his Native American ancestry as a great influence for his love for nature.
The Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Competition adds a special, new carving award in honor of Will Hayden, the founder of the club and show. The Will Hayden Memorial Award is open to Novice and Intermediate carvers. Generous donations from area carving clubs and individuals who benefited from Will Hayden's years of friendship, mentoring, membership and support helped develop this new award.
The public is invited to attend the many activities at the event throughout the weekend. This year’s activities include seminars and demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday. Artist Gary De Cew shares his techniques for wildlife carving and pattern making from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 and this year’s featured carver, Michael Buelna, will discuss presentation of finished carvings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Always fun is the judging of mini wood duck decoys in the fountain pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and trading of mini decoys starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The 2013 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition winning entries will also be on display during the event and through the month of September in the main floor gallery at the City of Vancouver’s Water Center.
Contact: Rita Davidson, Water Resources Education Center, 360-487-7111