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

March 11, 2017
All Day Birding Expo
Blaine Middle School
975 H Street, Blaine, WA

15th Annual Wings Over Water Festival

 

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.

Wings over Water Caps $20

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2017 EVENT SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Details will be updated as new information is provided.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bus Charter Guided Field Trip to Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Departure: 8 am, Birch Bay Square (Behind Woods Coffee) 8130 Birch Bay Square Rd. Return time is approximate due to unpredictable border wait times.
Cost:  $40 includes entrance fee and bag of bird seed.  Lunch:  Additional fee for Subway lunch options or bring your own lunch. (No glass)

Experience a guided field trip to one of Canada’s top birding sites, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary just 40 minutes across the border in Delta, BC: ReifelBirdSanctuary  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Please note passports or an enhanced driver’s license is required for crossing the US/Canada border. Online reservations and more information is available at: WingsOverWater

WOW Festival Opening and Artist Reception
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Semiahmoo Resort
Cost: $TBA

Everyone is invited for the Opening and Artist Reception of the 15th annual Wings Over Water Festival!

Saturday, March 12th Activities

Blaine Community Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am – 11 am
Where: Blaine Community Center, 763 G Street (Across the Street from Blaine Middle School)
Cost: Adults $6, Children $4.

The Blaine Community Center will be serving a hardy breakfast of pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy or French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee & OJ.

WOW All Day Birding Expo, Festival Headquarters & Information
8:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Blaine Middle School – 975 H Street
Cost: Free


Enjoy lots of free activities for the whole family including kids’ activities, expert wildlife speakers, Sardis Raptor Center live raptor presentations, food, art & craft vendors, wildlife exhibits and displays. (10 am – 5 pm) Make reservations, purchase tickets for workshops and field trips starting at 8:30 am.


Birding Field Trip to Semiahmoo Spit- led by Paul Woodcock & Jim Jorgensen
10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Bus departs in front of the Blaine Middle School Cafeteria.
Cost: $5 includes snack
Pre-registration is available on Saturday, starting at 8:30 am at Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street.

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 from 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 alk 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 by Sunny Brown, APA Museum Coordinator.
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.

 


Salish Sea Open Water Birding & Wildlife Cruise - by San Juan Cruises & North Cascade Audubon
10 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Boat Departs from Semiahmoo Resort Plover Dock 9565 Semiahmoo Dr.
Cost: $50 per person  On-line reservations are available at WingsOverWater.

Join us again this year for a two hour open water cruise from Semiahmoo Spit 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.

 


Plover Passenger Ferry Nature Cruises*
10 am to 3 pm
Where: Departure on the hour from Blaine Harbor- Boating Center Dock, 235 Marine Drive
Cost: $5 
Pre-registration is available on-line at WingsOverWater or on Saturday starting at 8:30 am at the Blaine Middle School - 975 H Street*. 
*There are no ticket sales from the dock.
Note:  Shuttle bus service will not be available this year from the school to the Plover Ferry Dock.


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.)


Kid’s Activities
10 am to 5 pm
Where: Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street
Cost:  FREE

All day kids’ activities including arts & crafts, games, face painting and some wild surprises!
Sponsored by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2

Kids' Birdhouse Building
10 am till gone.
Where: Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street, Blaine
Cost:  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.)


North Cascades Audubon Society Bird Viewing Stations
10 am to 4 pm
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 questions. A map of bird viewing station will be available at the registration desk.



Alaska Packers Association Cannery and Fishing Museum
10 am to 4 pm
Where: 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine
Cost: FREE - donations welcome


Experience local maritime history, 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. Sunny Brown APA Museum Coordinator will be available to provide a presentation about this rich time in Blaine’s history.
For more information: www.draytonharbormaritime.org.
 


Youth “Bird Art” Workshop (ages 8 & up):
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Blaine Middle School Classroom, 235 Marine Drive
Maximum 15 participants
Cost: FREE

Class is taught by local artists Wendy and Megan Bloom.
Sponsored by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2

 


Live Raptor Presentation:” Hunters of the Sky” by Sardis Raptor Center
Noon to 1:30 pm
Blaine Middle School Cafeteria - 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.

 


Salish Sea Open Water Birding & Wildlife Cruise - by San Juan Cruises & North Cascade Audubon
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Boat Departs from Semiahmoo Resort Plover Dock 9565 Semiahmoo Dr.
Cost: 50.00 per person On-line reservations are at WingsOverWater

Join us again this year for a two hour open water cruise from Semiahmoo Spit 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.


 


Live Raptor Presentation:” Hunters of the Sky” by Sardis Raptor Center
2:30 pm to 4 pm
Where: 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.

 


Featured Presentation: Paul Bannick
Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Blaine School Performing Arts Center 975 H Street
Cost: FREE (donations welcome)

Sponsored by Kathy Stauffer, Windermere Real Estate


Sunday, March 13th Activities

Breakfast for Birders
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: BP Heron Center, Birch Bay State Park, 7878 Birch Bay Drive
Cost: $15 for Adults, $10 for children (under 12)
*A Discovery Pass or a $10 day pass is required for parking within the state park.
Seating is limited. Reservations available online @ WingsOverWater or on Saturday at the festival headquarters Blaine Middle School Cafeteria, 975 H St.