WoW to feature build-your-own birdhouse workshops

Published on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Jim Calhoon cuts lumber to length for use in one of the 60 birdhouse kits that will be provided to children on a first come, first served basis at the ninth annual Wings Over Water birding festival on March 19 at the Blaine middle school. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz

For the first time in the festival’s nine-year history, children of all ages will be able to build their own birdhouses at the Wings Over Water (WOW) birding festival on March 19.

The Pacific Building Center and Kim Johner at the Northwest Veterinary Clinic donated a total of 240 feet of lumber; enough for 60 birdhouse kits, WOW board member Kathy Hernandez said.

Brad Otto, a bird enthusiast from Birch Bay, will teach the birdhouse-building classes at 10 a.m. the day of the festival, Hernandez said.

Otto came up with the idea when he was getting his car fixed at Bay Automotive Repair, which is owned by Stan Calhoon, Hernandez explained.

Stan volunteered his brother Jim’s time and woodworking tools for the job, and before they knew it they were sawing lumber.
In addition to teaching classes on how to build small birdhouses, Otto will also bring samples of owl and bat boxes he has built and plans for them that people can take home.