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Photo by Joe Meche

March 11, 12, 13, 2016
Blaine • Semiahmoo • Birch Bay

March 12, 2016
All Day Birding Expo
Blaine Middle School
975 H Street, Blaine, WA

14th Annual Wings Over Water Festival

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Wings Over Water Birding Festival
PO Box 3095
Blaine, WA 98231
(360) 332-4544 | (800) 624-3555
email: dharger@cityofblaine.com

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Purchase a Wings Over Water Wine
glass at our opening reception.

NEW THIS YEAR!
Wings over Water Caps $20

Many colors to choose from. Hats will be available at the Opening Reception and the Expo. Supplies Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Festival Event Schedule - Please check back as schedule is being updated.

This annual multi-day wildlife festival, with the majority of the events taking place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 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 11th Activities

8 am to
4 pm

Reifel Bird Sanctuary Field Trip
Delta B.C. Canada
Cost: $40 includes bus transporation, entrance fee and bag of bird seed.

Join us for a bus field trip to experience one of Canada’s top birding sites, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary just 40 minutes across the border in Delta, BC: www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com. Please note passports or an enhanced driver’s license is required for crossing the US/Canada border. Click here for a list of nearby best birding locations in Whatcom County you won’t want to miss: Bird Watching Links

On-line registration is open. Please Click Here to get your tickets.

 

 

5 pm to
7 pm

WOW Festival Opening and Artist Reception
Location to be announced

Everyone is invited for the Opening and Artist Reception of the 14th annual Wings Over Water Festival. Meet our featured artist Bev Connor and view an exhibit of her beautiful selection of pen and pencil drawings. There will also be a gallery of artistic bird images by local & professional photographers. Join us for a fascinating presentation by featured speaker, David Hancock. Purchase a commemorative Wings Over Water wine glass and enjoy wine tasting & hors d'oeuvres.

Cost: TBD

Saturday, March 12th Activities

8:00 am to 11 am

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

The Blaine Senior Center, just across the street from the Middle School, will be serving pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy or french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee & OJ.

Cost: Adults $6, Children $4

8:30 am to 5 pm

WOW All Day Birding Expo, Festival Headquarters & 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
noon

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

   

10 am to
noon

Salish Sea Pelagic Birding & Wildlife Cruise - by San Juan Cruises & North Cascade Audubon 
Semiahmoo Resort Plover Dock, 9565 Semiahmoo Dr.
Cost: $50.00

New this year! Join us for a two hour round trip pelagic cruise from Semiahmoo Spit to Point Roberts aboard the 50’ Salish Sea. View a diverse variety of seabirds in the rich waters of Boundary Bay and the Strait of Georgia. Professional naturalists will be aboard to help spot the birds and wildlife you'll see along the way. Dress for inclement weather, bring binoculars, and camera. The Salish Sea has plenty of indoor seating, as well as ample outdoor viewing areas on two levels of the boat. Seating is limited. Preregistration is available online.
Cruise may be subject to cancellation due to rough sea conditions. If this should happen, prepaid registration fees will be refunded.

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 Option: to purchase Tickets in advance online click here

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 3 pm

Kid’s Activities
Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street
Cost:  FREE

All day kids’ activities including arts & crafts, games, face painting and some wild surprises!

10 am til gone
Kids' Birdhouse Building
Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street, Blaine
Recommended Donation $1


Build a bird house to invite the local birds to make your back yard their home. (For Kids up to age 14, while supplies last.)

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
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 2 pm

Painting is for the Birds - Uptown Art
Blaine Harbor Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive
Cost: $25

Discover your inner artist and come away with your own hand painted work of art! A Bellingham Uptown Art instructor will be here to guide you step by step in creating your own painting featuring local birds one brush stroke at a time.  Educational and fun! No experience required. All supplies included. Class size limited, pre-registration recommended. Click Here to register.
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Salish Sea Pelagic Birding & Wildlife Cruise - by San Juan Cruises & North Cascade Audubon 
Semiahmoo Resort Plover Dock, 9565 Semiahmoo Dr.
Cost: $50.00

New this year! Join us for a two hour round trip pelagic cruise from Semiahmoo Spit to Point Roberts aboard the 50’ Salish Sea. View a diverse variety of seabirds in the rich waters of Boundary Bay and the Strait of Georgia. Professional naturalists will be aboard to help spot the birds and wildlife you'll see along the way. Dress for inclement weather, bring binoculars, and camera. The Salish Sea has plenty of indoor seating, as well as ample outdoor viewing areas on two levels of the boat. Seating is limited. Preregistration is available online.
Cruise may be subject to cancellation due to rough sea conditions. If this should happen, prepaid registration fees will be refunded.

 

 

10 am
to
5 pm

Meet this Year’s Featured Artist: Bev Connor 

Bev will be available to provide insight about her pen and pencil drawings and her artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

2:00 pm to
4:30 pm

Wildlife & Geology Field trip 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. 

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.

   
   

5 pm

Featured Presentation: Birding Adventures with James Currie
Blaine School Performing Arts Center 975 H Street
Cost: FREE

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival is excited to announce our keynote speaker for 2016 will be acclaimed international birder James Currie. A lifelong birder and native of South Africa, who now lives in Florida.  James Currie has many years of experience in the birding and wildlife tourism arenas. Currie has led professional wildlife and birding tours for more than 12 years, and his passion for birding and remote cultures has taken him to far corners of the earth.  He currently hosts and produces the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, airing for its 7th season on the Discovery Channel’s, Destination America.  The program focuses on destination and adventure bird-watching, exploring the best exotic birding destinations on the planet and the most unusual, rare and highly sought after bird species. The program also has a strong conservation emphasis and highlights the importance and urgency of preserving the planet’s incredible birdlife.  Currie is described as the shows “informative, passionate and sometimes crazy host who portrays a unique blend of information and adventure, making bird-watching refreshing, contemporary, interesting and exciting.” 

 

Sunday, March 13th Activities

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Breakfast for Birders
BP Heron Center, 7290 BIrch Bay Drive, Birch Bay State Park***
Cost:  $15

Seating is limited.  Reservations can be made online, click here, online sales to end 3/11/16 at 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Friday Opening Reception, Saturday Birding Expo or at the door (if not sold out) For more info, please call, 360-332-4544. ***NOTE: Discover Pass or Single Day paid parking required in the Birch Bay State Park. (Handicap exceptions)

Enjoy a delightful breakfast and wildlife presentation by Joe Meche.  An avid birder, wildlife photographer and writer –you will experience intimately through Joe’s stunning photographs the many bird species which live and migrate here to this beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest.  Joe has spent many years observing the birds of this premiere birding area along the shores and bays of the Salish Sea.  A founder of the festival and a favorite speaker at Wings Over Water for the last 14 years, his presentation will inspire you to explore the surrounding shores and woodland areas of Birch Bay State Park.

 

11:00 am
to
1:45 pm

Bird Watching Stations
4 locations along Birch Bay Drive and the Heron Center, Birch Bay State Park

Bird watching stations with telescopes and binoculars will be provided along the bay.***NOTE: Discover Pass or Single Day paid parking required in the Birch Bay State Park. (Handicap exceptions)

 

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