The 17th annual Wings Over Water festival was a success

The 17th annual Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival took place from Friday through Sunday, March 15–17, in Blaine and offered a look at the migratory birds that pass through Blaine and Birch Bay on the Pacific Flyway, which extends from Alaska to Patagonia.

The festival featured a variety of activities, exhibitions and speakers. Take a look at the festival through the lens of photographer Chuck Kinzer.

Kids’ activities included building birdhouses.

An annual award was created to honor Jim Jorgensen for outstanding achievement in the promotion, observation and stewardship of birds and their habitat. Pictured: Jim Jorgensen, l., and Debbie Harger, r.

Making bird feeders.

Birding cruises gave attendees the chance to view a diverse variety of birds up close.

There were live raptor presentations by the Sardis Raptor Center.

Tim Boyer delivered a keynote presentation about the migration of shorebirds.

Vendors selling birding-related items at the all-day expo at Blaine Middle School.

Bird viewing stations were set up throughout the Blaine area.

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