Birding, beaches and sun

Published on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 by Tara Nelson

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Those looking for a fun way to get out in the community will want to check out Northwest Park and Recreation District 2’s new summer program series.

Programs include free birding expeditions and interpretive walks as well as beach naturalist and biodiversity classes.


Their popular “Birding The Beaches of Semiahmoo” expeditions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month beginning June 5. The event explores the mudflats and rich marine life of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, one of the best migratory birding watching areas in North America.


Also featured this month is “National Oceans Day Walk At Semiahmoo,” a free 1-mile interpretive walk on Semiahmoo’s tideflats led by naturalist David Bean from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12; “Semiahmoo Biodiversity in Bloom” an on-going tour of Semiahmoo’s diverse plant life led by master gardeners Luanne Williams and Sandy Bowens from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, June 26; and an “All-Comers Community Track Meet” with running and field events for all ages. Track meets are Tuesdays, June 10 through July 1 with registration starting at 5:30 p.m.


Youth golf classes begin June 5 and are taught by PGA pro Brian Southwick; adult and senior yoga classes begin June 9; and sailing classes, taught by Drayton Harbor Maritime begins June 21.


Activity guides are located at the Blaine library, the Blaine and Birch Bay chamber of commerce offices, and at the district office at 380 H Street in Blaine. 


Other programs include pre-school aged sport camps, a baby-sitter training course, clowning camp, art programs and youth field trips.


For more information or to register, visit www.nwparkandrec.org or call 360/656-6416.