Published on Thu, Nov 9, 2006
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Northern Meadows organizes holiday display contest

If you missed out on last month’s Bountiful Harvest scarecrow contest in Blaine, there is still time to join in on the festivities.

Christy Lonquist, owner of Northern Meadows specialty gift and wine store on Peace Portal in Blaine, is organizing the Winter Wonderland holiday display contest for December.

Lonquist said businesses and community groups are invited to create snowmen of any kind, shape, size or material, although any holiday decoration is welcome.

A prize will be given for the best decoration. All displays should be up by December 1, in concurrence with the city of Blaine’s community Christmas tree lighting ceremony. For more information, call 332-4921 or the visitor information center, 332-4544.

Concert series offers homegrown music

The North Cascades Concert Band will play at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 10 at Blaine High School Performing Arts Center.

The fall North Cascades Concert Band program titled “Home Grown” will feature members of the concert band performing solos on alto saxophone, French horn, bassoon, tuba and the entire clarinet section. Musical selections have been picked from a wide range of classical and modern band music by composers which will include Mozart, John Williams, Gershwin, Sibelius, Benny Goodman, Rossini and Beethoven.

Other performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 11 at the First Congregational Church at 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, in Brodniak Hall at Anacortes High School.

Tickets are available at Piper Music and Fairhaven Village Books in Bellingham, Scott’s Bookstore and Hugo Helmer Music in Mt. Vernon; Watermark Book Company and Hugo Helmer Music in Anacortes; and Stowe’s Clothing in Burlington.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children under the age of 18.

For more information, visit or call 371-2267.

Volunteers needed to monitor local swan population

The Trumpeter and Tundra Swan Society (TTSS) is looking for volunteers to monitor the movement of the Pacific Coast swan population every day through the end of February in an effort to find the source of lead shot and help stop swans from dying in Whatcom County.

Martha Jordan, a project coordinator for TTSS said more than 400 dead swans were recovered from wildlife authorities last winter, the mortality of which has grown to such a magnitude that it is threatening the recovery of the population, the largest population of Trumpeter swans.

“Since 1999 more than 2,300 trumpeter and tundra swans have died in northwestern Washington and southwestern British Columbia from ingesting lead shot pellets,” Jordan said. “Trumpeter and tundra swans are beginning to arrive in Whatcom County, as they do every year, and we need people to help us survey and track them as they move around the area.”

Jordan said surveys take approximately two to three hours, one day a week or one day every other week until the end of February.

The organization is also seeking donations to fund projects such as their Adopt-A-Swan program and the Get the Lead Out campaign, an outreach program to help educate about the dangers of lead shots and to encourage the use of non-toxic shots.

“One of the myths that people have is that lead has been banned, but the reality is that lead has only been banned for waterfowl hunting,” Jordan said. “It’s still used for upland bird hunting, sport dog training and unregulated target shooting. People forget waterfowl use wetlands and farmlands at different times of the year from when you may be shooting.”

Donations may also be used to fund the effort to necropsy all lead-poisoned swans for information about lead poisoning, she said.
For more information, contact Jordan at 425/787-0258 or For more information about adopting a swan, visit

Workshop explores benefits of open spaces 
The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will host a free lecture, titled “Connecting with the Beach: Community Benefits of Habitat Restoration and Open Spaces” from 7 to 9 p.m., November 9 at the Squalicum Boathouse at 2600 Harbor Loop in Bellingham.
Presenter Ian Lockwood, a civil engineer with the community-planning firm Glatting Jackson, is known internationally for his transportation and community development projects. Lockwood’s presentation will focus on how communities can benefit from incorporating habitat restoration and green spaces.

For more information, contact Chris Fairbanks at 360/441-2491.

Compiled by Tara Nelson