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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

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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Keynote Speaker 2017

Paul Bannick

Paul Bannick is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation. He has been invited back again this year as keynote speaker by popular demand.

As co-author and photographer for the new book, "Woodpeckers of North America, A Naturalist's Guide" Paul will examine each of the North American woodpecker species through award winning images, intimate sounds and stories and observations from the field. Paul's presentation will help you distinguish between species by behavior, habitat and field markings. He will also touch upon races of woodpeckers, adaptations to specific habitats, morphology and cultural ties.

He will be speaking from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Blaine School Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street. This is a free event (donaations welcome).

2017 Featured Speakers

Noah StrykerDavid Hancock

Biologist, conservationist, writer, publisher and lecturer,   David Hancock,  spent most of his life studying the west coast and arctic wildlife.   He has published scientific and popular papers on whales, seals,  seabirds, grouse and his specialty the northern raptors as well as producing films on these topics and on the Haida  and other northern Natives.
 
He recently completed another book on eagles, The Bald Eagles of Alaska, BC and Washington and another book on the northwest coast Indians,   The Tlingit their Art & Culture.    He has a book on the  Wildlife of the Rockies now just off the press.
 
Currently he is undertaking studies of the bald eagles along the NW coast and working on a Sandhill Crane project.  Prior to starting Hancock House Publisher he was a pilot and wildlife film producer,  again specializing on the native cultures and wildlife of the coast and north. His studies and  travels have taken him to all
continents of the world.

David Hancock is a director on the American Bald Eagle Foundation, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Foundation and founder of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

Read more about Hancock at his website, www.hancockwildlife.org

Martha Jordan

Martha Jordan has a degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. She began to look at swans in the late 1970s as an independent citizen, and by 1984 had contributed much information to state and federal agencies on the status of trumpeter swans in Washington State, including the first swan management plan. She is currently the Executive Director of Northwest Swan Conservation Association, a regional non-profit.

Trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in the world, have been brought back from the brink of extinction and once again grace our skies and waterways. They trumpet the success of our conservation efforts and continue to call us to action to protect farmland and wetlands. Martha Jordan, well-known swan biologist, will share some of the history and biology of Washington’s native Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and will shed some light on the problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds and what is needed to ensure their future. Get updated on the swan lead poisoning die-off, habitat issues and more. She will share some excellent photos that help clarify the difficult identification of these swans and will provide free swan identification pamphlets at her presentation. Discover ways in which you can contribute to our understanding of swans in Washington just by doing what you already do outdoors.

Joe Meche

An avid birder, wildlife photographer and writer –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 thefestival and a favorite speaker as well as an expert field trip guide at Wings Over Water for the last 15 years, his presentations are informative, engaging, and will inspire you to explore the surrounding shorelines and estuaries of this rich area designated as the anchor of the North Cascade Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trial.