Festival News
2017 Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival
March 16 - 18, 2018

The 16th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to the coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo Bay.

Locations: 975 H Street, Blaine Middle School and Blaine School Performing Arts Center as well as field trips in the local area.

Click Here for full 2017 Festival Event Schedule.

The festival starts 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 up close 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 Artist Reception at Semiahmoo Resort.

On Saturday, experience a birding adventure with an open water cruise aboard the 50’ Salish Sea shore birding and wildlife cruise. Passengers view off shore birds and wildlife in the open waters of Boundary Bay. Saturday will also provide an all-day birding expo at the Blaine Middle School, as part of indoor and outdoor activities available for all interests, ages, and weather possibilities. There will be live raptor presentations, fieldtrips, birding stations at several locations, wildlife exhibits, craft vendors, kids' activities, and expert speaker presentataions on Saturday and throughout the Festival.

Our 2017 keynote speaker, award winning photographer Paul Bannick. will be presenting a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field, and stunning images from his new book, "Owl: A Year in the Lives of North America Owls." This free event is held at 5 pm on Saturday, March 11 at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street, Blaine.

Participants can experience guided birding trips to explore the abundance of bird species in the area or take a wildlife cruise around Drayton Harbor on the historic Plover Ferry.  Take a birding photography workshop to learn from the experts how to capture the best wildlife images, and choose from a variety of other activities.  (Some fees may apply – see detailed schedule for more information).

On Sunday there will be a full day of activities at Birch Bay, beginning with a birding breakfast buffet and speakers at the BP Heron Center in Birch Bay State Park.  Guided photography and birding walks, as well as a free afternoon presentation will be 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:  vic@cityofblaine.com.

*Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay are designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) located on the Pacific Flyway.

Download the event schedule

Stay where the birds are ~ enjoy breathtaking views
along the seaside.

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Blaine • Birch Bay • Semiahmoo

Plover Ferry Field Trips
Available for purchase, for details click here

Wildlife Field Trips
Reifel Bird Sanctuary | Salish Sea Cruise


Free Events

Birch Bay Events

Art Exhibit & Reception


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