Photo By Beverly Martin

15th Annual Wings Over Water Festival

March 10, 11, 12
Blaine • Semiahmoo • Birch Bay

March 10, 2017
Event Opening, Silent Auction
Featured Artist Reception
Semiahmoo Resort

March 11, 2017
All Day Birding Expo
Blaine Middle School
975 H Street, Blaine, WA
Indoor / Outdoor Activities

March 12, 2017
Birding Breakfast & Speakers
Bird and Photo Walks
Urban Bird Presentation
BP Heron Center, Birch Bay

Birch Bay Events

2016 WOW Vendor Application

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Guidelines for Ethical, Safe, and Informed Birding
Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival

Put the Birds First—You're Just an Observer

  • The welfare of birds must come first.  Bird-watchers / photographers should have no impact on birds. Respect birds’ territories...keep a reasonable distance.
  • Do not flush birds or try to make them fly.
  • Using recorded calls to attract birds stops them from important activities like feeding. Playback to attract a species during its breeding season is especially harmful.
  • Just use your eyes and binoculars/spotting scopes. Laser pointers, flashlights and spotlights are stressful to birds, as is flash photography.
  • Sit or crouch so that you appear smaller, and keep movements slow and steady.
  • Only handle birds, nests, and eggs for recognized, sanctioned research purposes.
  • Keep dogs on a leash, unless in off-leash areas. Clean up dog waste and keep dogs from chasing birds.

 Be Safe and Respect Private and Public Property

  • It's unsafe to stop your vehicle in a traffic lane. Always pull completely onto the road shoulder to view birds smf if there's no shoulder, move on.
  • Wear appropriate clothes, including footwear, and remember sun protection gear such as sunscreen and sunglasses. Wear visible, bright clothing if birding during hunting season.
  • Stay hydrated on long birding hikes.
  • Tell others of your plans in case you fail to return. Carry a cell phone if possible, but turn off its ringer.
  • Respect private property; Ask permission before entering private property.
  • Follow rules and regulations of public areas, including leash rules for dogs. Stay on marked trails and be aware of restricted areas.
  • Practice common courtesy when interacting with others. Avoid behavior that may distract other birders. Hold conversations in low tones.

Enjoy Your Birding Experience: Have Fun and Support Conservation

  • Be patient—take the time to observe.
  • Learn about birds through publications, websites, and local and national societies, and educate others.
  • Support the protection of bird habitat.
  • Observe in the natural habitat. Don't move dead branches, brush or tree limbs to see birds more clearly.
  • Use trails to avoid tramping vegetation.
  • Leave nothing behind but footprints. Dispose of litter and waste properly.

The above guidelines are based on those published by Mindful Birding (http://bit.ly/2fmLtLA) and are also summarized from the publications and organizations noted on that site on the dates shown, specifically: American Birding Association, accessed 2014; Birding ethics article on about.com by Melissa Mayntz, accessed 2014 and updated December 2015; BirdLife Australia, accessed 2014; British Bird Lovers, accessed 2014; Florida Birding Trail, accessed 2014; Lake Region Audubon Society, accessed 2014; Malaysian Nature Society Bird Conservation Council, accessed 2014; Mangalajodi Eco Tourism, accessed 2014; Mecklenburg Audubon, accessed 2014; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, accessed 2014; Mountain Bird Festival, accessed 2014 and updated December 2015; Ontario Field Ornithologists, accessed 2014; Portland Audubon, accessed 2014; Sibley’s Birding Basics, accessed 2014; Yosemite National Park, accessed 2014.

More information about birds and ethical birding practices can be found using the links below:
American Birding Association: http://listing.aba.org/ethics/
Mindful Birding: http://bit.ly/2fmLtLA
Audubon Society: http://bit.ly/2gdSjqD