WingsOver Water features water fowl, fun

Published on Thu, Mar 29, 2007 by ack Kintner

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Wings Over Water features water fowl, fun

By Jack Kintner

Some major changes mark this year’s edition of the annual Wings Over Water (WOW) Northwest Birding Festival set for Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now in its 5th year, WOW has migrated across the harbor and will be headquartered in a large tent set up in Marine Park. It’s the information and activity center for the day, and also where tickets may be purchased for Plover nature cruises and for an unusual boat tour of Lake Terrell.

Birding stations will be set up around the area and at Birch Bay State Park, and transportation to these off-site venues will be provided by Bob Boule’s Classic Limousine service.

In addition to the 25 business sponsors who have underwritten the event, organizers said a strong effort has been made to involved downtown Blaine merchants this year.

The kick-off event will be a complimentary wine tasting social, complete with door prizes, on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Northern Meadows Gifts and Wine shop, across from the H Street Plaza at 684 Peace Portal Drive.

Four restaurants and seven other businesses are serving as stamping stations in a migratory maze, and are also offering discounts from 10 to 40 percent off regular prices.
Kids who migrate around town and get a passport stamped at all ten places in time to turn them in by 3:30 p.m. will earn a chance to win a new Kona mountain bike.

Participants in a coloring contest will get an additional chance at the big prize, to be given away at 4 p.m. at the WOW tent. Winners must be present to claim it.

Festival seminars will take place at the Port of Bellingham’s Blaine Boating Center, and the downtown G Street and H Street plazas and the block of Peace Portal Drive between them will be filled with activities, demonstrations and 13 different craft and food vendors.

The Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum in Semiahmoo County Park will also be open from noon until 5 p.m.

The Whidbey Island Wild Bird store will have a birding optics display and demonstration on the G Street Plaza, and there will be a mounted bird display and a bird carving demonstration at the WOW tent.

The festival is free but there is a charge for some of the excursions, and there will also be an all-day auction in the WOW tent, silent from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and then live until the festival closes at 5 p.m.
For more information call the Blaine Chamber of Commerce at 332-4544, Ruth Lauman at 371-7277, Maynard Axleson at 360/202-0415.
Information is also available at www.blainechamber.com/wow/ or www.washingtonbrant.org.