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March 14, 15, 16, 2014
Blaine • Semiahmoo • Birch Bay

March 15, 2014
All Day Birding Expo
Blaine Middle School
975 H Street, Blaine, WA

12th Annual Wings Over Water Festival

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Wings Over Water Birding Festival
PO Box
Blaine, WA 98231
(360) 332-4544 | (800) 624-3555
email: dharger@cityofblaine.com

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glass at our opening reception.
Cost $5 and comes with a sampling
of wine. For details, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Festival Event Schedule - Check back for updates

This annual multi-day wildlife festival, with the majority of the events taking place on Saturday, March 15, celebrates the abundance of wildlife and bird species in this pristine area of the Pacific Northwest with field trips, live raptor displays, workshops, educational activities, expert wildlife speakers and more.

Friday, March 14th Activities

6 pm to
8 pm

WOW Festival Opening and Artist Reception
Semiahmoo Resort 
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway | Blaine, WA 98230

Everyone is invited for the Opening and Artist Reception of the 12th annual Wings Over Water Festival at beautiful Semiahmoo Resort. Meet our featured artist Sylvia Hayden, view an exhibit of her fiber art as well as a gallery of artistic bird images by local & professional photographers. Join us for a fascinating presentation by Noah Strycker, Among Penguins: Life Down South. Noah tells what it is like to spend three months in a colony of 300,000 penguins in Antartica. Purchase a commemorative Wings Over Water wine glass for $5 and enjoy wine tasting.

Cost: Reception: Free. Purchase of wine glass $5 includes wine tasting.

Saturday, March 15th Activities

8:00 am to 11 am

Blaine Community Pancake Breakfast  
Where: Blaine Senior Center 763 G Street

Enjoy pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy or french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee & OJ.

Cost: Adults $6, Children $4

8:30 am to 5 pm

WOW Festival Information 
Where: Blaine Middle School - 975 H Street 

Enjoy lots of free activities for the whole family including Kids’ Activities, Expert Wildlife Speakers, Sardis Center Live Raptor Presentations, Food, Art & Craft Vendors, Wildlife Exhibits & Displays.

Make Reservations and Purchase Tickets for: Plover Ferry Wildlife Cruises Wildlife & Birding Field Trips*.

*Pre-registration ticket sales available starting at 8:30 AM.

9 am to
1pm

Birding Field Trip to Semiahmoo Spit- led by Paul Woodcock & Jim Jorgensen
Cost: $5 includes snack
Reservations are recommended:  360-332-4544 or vic@cityofblaine.com

This fieldtrip offers both the novice and experienced birder the best opportunity to explore the abundance of birds along Semiahmoo Spit, a 1.25 mile natural land spit located between Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor.  Enjoy a scenic bus ride around Drayton Harbor, and learn about the fascinating geology of the area by Jim Jorgensen whose background as a geology and ornithology teacher will help you to discover what makes this such an intriguing area of the northwest and premiere birding location.  Take a leisurely two hour walk lead by Naturalist, Paul Woodcock, on both a paved walking trail and along the beach to view the birds close at hand.  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  There will also be an opportunity to visit the Alaska Packers Association Museum to learn about the history of the area.

Paul Woodcock is a naturalist, birding expert as well as vice-president of the North Cascades Audubon.

Jim Jorgensen’s background is a geology and ornithology teacher as well as current vice-president of Wings Over Water, NW.

 

10 am to 12:30 pm

Birding Field Trip- Blaine Harbor Loop- led by Joe Meche 
Meet at first birding shelter at Blaine Marine Park
Cost:  FREE

Take the festival shuttle or drive the short distance to Blaine Marine Park to join in a birding field trip led by Joe Meche.  Joe a birder for over 60 years knows this area intimately as a premiere birding destination.  His efforts were instrumental in Drayton Harbor and Semiahamoo being designated by Audubon as an IBA as well as the beginning to the Cascade Loop portion of the Washington State Birding Trail.  See a diversity of bird species including raptors, dabblers, divers, shore birds, song birds and potentially the rare surprise of a female blue bird frequently seen in the area along this leisurely 2 mile loop along the waterfront.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for inclement weather.

10 am to
3 pm

Plover Passenger Ferry Nature Cruises*
Blaine Harbor- Boating Center Dock, 235 Marine Drive
Reservations & tickets available at the Blaine Middle School - 975 H Street*. 
(Sorry, no ticket sales from the dock).
Cost:  $5

The historic Plover Ferry will be taking passengers on a nature cruise of Drayton Harbor & Semiahmoo Bay with wildlife biologist Dick McNeely.

Dress appropriately for inclement weather.

For details on MV Plover Passenger Ferry, visit: www.draytonharbormaritime.org

Departure: On the hour, from Blaine Boating Center Dock.  (Last Departure is at 3:00 pm.)

Shuttle Bus Available to and from Blaine Middle School to Blaine Boating Center. 

*Pre-registration, ticket sales available, starting at 8:30 AM at Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street.

 

 

10 am to
4 pm

North Cascades Audubon Society Bird Viewing Stations 
Where: Viewing Station maps will be available at festival information at the Blaine Middle School.
Cost: Free

Seeing is believing!  You will be amazed at the number of interesting bird species you can see close at hand viewed through a spotting scope. Knowledgeable birders from North Cascade Audubon are on hand to assist and answer question

10 am to noon

Wildlife Presentation: "The Wondrous Return of the Eagle"  by David Hancock 
Blaine School Performing Arts Center - 975 H Street 
Cost: FREE

David Hancock; biologist, filmmaker, writer and publisher; has been lecturing and teaching about wildlife and conservation for over 50 years.  Founder of Hancock Wildlife Foundation, he is renowned for his use of live streaming video of eagles and other wildlife to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship. Learn about the remarkable comeback of the eagle population from the 1960’s when there were only three nests in the lower mainland.

 

10 am to
4 pm

Alaska Packers Association Cannery Museum
Where:  9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine

Experience the history of Blaine’s fish cannery days, housed in an original Alaska Packers cannery building.  The museum exhibits tell the story of days gone by and include a scale model fish trap, antique machinery, a gallery of historic photos, and an original 28 foot Bristol Bay fishing boat.
For more information: www.draytonharbormaritime.org

Cost: FREE - Donations welcome

Noon to 1:30 pm

Live Raptor Presentation:” Hunters of the Sky”  by Sardis Raptor Center
Blaine School Performing Arts Center - 975 H Street
Cost: FREE

This is an exciting opportunity to have up-close encounters with many magnificent birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles.  All birds are residents of the center that have injuries that prevent their return to the wild.

Noon to 1:30 pm

Photography Workshop by Paul Bannick
Blaine School Performing Arts Center - 975 H Street 
Cost: $20  Registration at the Festival:  Blaine Middle School 

This is a unique opportunity for photographers to learn from Paul Bannick an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat to inspire education and conservation.  Paul coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer will share how he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject.  Topics will include how to find the birds, camera settings and gear accompanied by his personal stories and photos.  There will be time for a Q&A period too. 

 

1:30 to
3 pm

The Peterson System of Field Identification- by Joe Meche
Where: Blaine Performing Arts Center - 975 H Street
Cost: FREE

Roger Tory Peterson is considered to be the father of bird watching in America. Through his user-friendly field guides, many of today's top bird watchers honed their skills utilizing his drawings and schematic illustrations to identify birds. His system incorporates visual aids to identify birds according to their habitats and their behavior.  Join Joe as he illustrates the Peterson System with many of the birds that we see in the area encompassed by Wings Over Water.

 

2 pm to
4 pm

Photography Workshop:  The Art of Photographing Birds- by Photographer Karen Ulvestad
Blaine Harbor Boating Center Conference Room, 235 Marine Drive
Cost:  FREE,  Registration at the Festival:  Blaine Middle School 

Learn about the variety of bird species that frequent this Northwest Corner of Washington State’s Cascade Loop Birding Trail and how to capture the perfect image of these birds in flight and in their natural surroundings.  This workshop will be both in the classroom, and shooting on location at nearby Marine Park.

Based out of Seattle, Karen Ulvestad is a wildlife and landscape photographer, with a passion for photographing birds.  Her favorite subjects are birds in flight, or horses at a full gallop.  She has taught digital photography classes and workshops since 2008 in the greater Seattle area.

Bring your camera, dress for the weather, and wear appropriate shoes for walking.

 

2:00 pm to
4:30 pm

Wildlife & Geology Fieldtrip to Semiahmoo Spit & Birch Bay with Jim Jorgensen* 
Ticket Sales/Bus Departure from Blaine Middle School - 975 H Street
Cost: $5 includes snack

Take a scenic bus ride around Drayton Harbor to Semiahmoo Spit, a 1.25 mile natural spit, rich in history, geology and opportunities to view wildlife. Guided by Jim Jorgensen, whose background as a geology and ornithology teacher will help you to discover what makes this such an intriguing area of the northwest and premiere birding location. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Alaska Packers Association Cannery and Fishing Museum.  The trip will continue around Birch Bay to Birch Bay State Park where there will be opportunities to view a wide variety of birds along the bay.

Dress appropriately for inclement weather.

*Pre-registration available 8:30 am at Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street or call (360) 332-4544.

 

2:30 pm to 4 pm

Live Raptor Presentation:” Hunters of the Sky”  by Sardis Raptor Center
Blaine School Performing Arts Center - 975 H Street 
Cost: FREE

This is an exciting opportunity to have up-close encounters with many magnificent birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles.  All birds are residents of the center that have injuries that prevent their return to the wild.

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Wildlife Presentation:  “Merlin’s and More” by David Drummond
Blaine School Performing Arts Center - 975 H Street,
Cost: FREE

David Drummond, Executive Director and Principal Investigator from the non-profit, 100% volunteer Merlin Falcon Foundation will present recent insights on the fascinating Northwest Merlin's bio-ecology and behavior in our Temperate Rain Forests and
into cities like Bellingham. Join us for this informative visit with a little known neighbor of ours!

 

5 pm

Featured Presentation: “Life of Owls
by Paul Bannick

Through vivid new images, intimate video, compelling sound and personal narratives, Paul will explore four seasons in the lives of North American Owls. Through his presentation learn more about how the life-histories and behaviors differ between species and seasons.  
 
Where: Blaine School Performing Arts Center 975 H Street, Cost: FREE

 

Sunday, March 16th Activities

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Breakfast for Birders
CJ’s Beach House Restaurant, Birch Bay, 7878 Birch Bay Drive
Cost:  $13 for Adults,  $10 for children (under 10)

Seating is limited.  Reservations recommended at Blaine Middle School or call 332-4544.

Enjoy a fabulous breakfast buffet and presentation by featured speaker, Noah Strycker.  There will be an opportunity after the presentation to view the Heron Center Progress at Birch Bay and to view from the beach some of the local birds close up through a spotting scope.  For more information call 360-332-4544.

 

9 am to
11 am

Early Bird Fieldtrip from Semiahmoo Resort with Joe Meche
Meet in the hotel lobby at Semiahmoo Resort
Cost: FREE

Take an early morning walk to discover the birds on Semiahmoo Spit with Joe Meche.  A birder for over 60 years, Joe knows this area intimately as a premiere birding destination.  His efforts were instrumental in Drayton Harbor and Semiahamoo being designated by Audubon as an IBA as well as the beginning to the Cascade Loop portion of the Washington State Birding Trail.