The 15th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to the pristine coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo Bay.
The 2016 Festival events and schedule will be posted soon! Please check back for details - New this year is a field trip to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Ladner BC and we are bringing back the Salish Sea Off Shore Birding & Wildlife Cruise!
Location: 975 H Street, Blaine Middle School and Blaine School Performing Arts Center as well as field trips in the local area.
Details for the 2017 Festival will be posted soon!
Our 2016 Festival started off on Friday with an all-day guided fieldtrip to George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC.* The number of bird species one can see at this top bird watching site on the Fraser Delta in Canada is remarkable including up close encounters with many species such as Sand Hill Cranes. Friday evening join us for the Wings Over Water Opening and Featured Reception. Enjoy a display of pen and ink wildlife drawings by featured artist Beverly Conner of Dreaming Otter Arts, an entertaining wildlife presentation, silent auction, no host bar and a variety of hors d’ oeuvres.
Saturday's experience was a birding adventure with an open water cruise aboard the 50’ Salish Sea shore birding and wildlife cruise aboard. Passengers viewied off shore birds and wildlife in the open waters of Boundary Bay. There was an all-day birding expo at Blaine Middle School. Indoor and outdoor activities mixed and matched according to interests and the weather including live raptor presentations, fieldtrips, birding stations at several locations, wildlife exhibits, craft vendors, kids’ activities, and expert speaker presentations throughout the day.
Our 2016 keynote speaker was James Currie, host of Nikon Birding Adventures TV viewed on the Discovery Channel.
Particpants experienced guided birding trips to explore the abundance of bird species that are in this pristine area or take a wildlife cruise around Drayton Harbor on the historic Plover Ferry. Or take a birding photography class to learn from the experts on how to capture the best wildlife images. (Some fee’s may apply –see schedule for fee’s and more information).
On Sunday there was a full day of activities at Birch Bay beginning with a birding breakfast buffet at the BP Heron Center in Birch Bay State Park including a presentation by Joe Meche from North Cascades Institute. Guided photography and birding walks, as well as a free afternoon presentation were held at the BP Heron Center.
For additional information about the 2017 festival as well as lodging and area activities, please contact the Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544 or e-mail: email@example.com.
*Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay are designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) located on the Pacific Flyway.