Birding experts to speak at Wings Over Water

A great blue heron takes flight out of Drayton Harbor.

A great blue heron takes flight out of Drayton Harbor.

By Steve Guntli

The annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival takes place this weekend, and the organizers have snagged some respected speakers to headline the event.

James Currie is an author, photographer and television personality recognized as one of the foremost birding experts in North America. A native of South Africa, Currie now lives in Florida, and hosts “Birding Adventures,” which is currently airing its seventh season on Discovery Channel’s spinoff network, Destination America.

During his presentation, Currie will read from his new book, “When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer,” and share his experience working up close with majestic birds of prey. The presentation, entitled “The Roar of the Eagle,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Blaine Performing Arts Center this Saturday, March 12.

David Hancock is a popular writer, publisher, lecturer, filmmaker and conservationist who has spent most of his life studying the birds of the western United States and the Arctic.

Hancock has written books and scientific papers on birds, whales and seals, and has specialized knowledge about raptors of the Northwest. He’s written two books on eagles in Washington and Alaska, as well as other subjects, such as wildlife in North America and native tribes of the Pacific Northwest.

Hancock’s Wings Over Water presentation is entitled “Eagles Next Door,” and charts the journey of eagles from the endangered species list to a thriving population of more than 70,000 birds. “Eagles Next Door” starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Blaine Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 12.

Both presentations are free to attend, though donations are welcomed. To see a full list of activities, including other presentations from local birding experts, visit

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