UPDATED: Wings Over Water festival returning


Two bald eagles stop by for a brief visit. Photo by Robert Muse

One of the county’s most popular yearly events is returning once more to Blaine and Birch Bay.

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival will return for its 14th year March 11–13. The area is a popular destination for bird watchers, as Blaine and Birch Bay are a major stop on the Pacific Flyway, a busy migratory route for hundreds of bird species.

The event kicks off in the Loomis Trail Golf and Country Club on Friday, March 11, with a special exhibition of birding photography and artwork. This year’s featured artist is Bellingham artist Bev Connor, who draws and paints through her studio, Dreaming Otter Arts. The exhibition begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m.

On March 12, an all-day birding expo will be held in the Blaine Middle School cafeteria. The expo will feature wildlife exhibits, indoor and outdoor activities, expert speakers and a presentation from the Sardis Raptor Center with live birds of prey.

All weekend long, attendees can enjoy guided bird-watching tours. This year, the festival organizers are introducing a field trip to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Ladner, B.C.

They are also bringing back the popular Salish Sea Offshore Birding and Wildlife Cruise, a two-hour tour of Boundary Bay and the Strait of Georgia aboard the 50′ vessel Salish Sea.

The final schedule of events and speakers is still being finalized, but television host and birding expert James Currie is slated to be the keynote speaker. For more information on Wings Over Water activities, contact the Blaine Visitor Information Center at 332-4544.

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