Birders gather in Blaine this weekend

Published on Wed, Mar 14, 2012
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A flock of dunlin take flight over Semiahmoo Bay. Photo by Eric Ellingson.

Local seabirds won’t be the only ones flocking to Blaine this weekend as the 10th annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival brings hundreds of birders from across Whatcom County.

The day-long festival, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, will feature numerous indoor and outdoor activities including bird watching tours and presentations on how to make the best of birding in the area. Renowned author and biologist Dick Cannings, of British Columbia, will give the festival’s featured talk “The Enchantment of Birds” on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Blaine Performing Arts Center.

Other talks include some of the county’s best birding spots and lessons on how to make both bird feeders and gardens as bird-friendly as possible. All talks are free of cost.

Outdoor activities include nature tours on the historic Plover ferry and bus tours of Semihamoo Spit’s biological and geographic history. Tours cost $5 each.

The Blaine Middle School will serve as the hub of the festival’s activities on Saturday. For more information, see special section (reproduced below) or visit