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2015 Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival

2015 Festival date: The 2015 Festival will take place on March 13 - 15 with the all day birding expo on Saturday, March 14, 9 am - 5 pm.

Festival Schedule

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to this pristine coastal area.  Birding is one of America's fastest growing outdoor activities and Blaine, Semiahmoo*, and Birch Bay located on the Pacific Flyway as well as the beginning of the Cascade  Loop of the Washington State Birding Trail, are  one of the country's premier bird viewing areas where you can observe a large variety of birds close at hand.

The multi day festival begins in the evening of Friday, March 13 with an opening reception at Semiahmoo Resort from 5 - 7 pm featuring a gallery of bird photography in addition to artwork by this year’s featured artist, Lorna Libert. Immediately following the reception will be followed by presentation by David Hancock.

On Saturday, March 14, there will be a daylong birding expo Blaine Middle School and Blaine School Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street, Blaine with lots of free activities for the whole family! There will be indoor and outdoor activities to mix and match according to interests and the weather including live raptor presentations by Sardis Raptor Center, wildlife exhibits and displays, expert wildlife speakers, on site art and craft vendors, kids' activities, including build your own bird house; bird viewing stations and more.

Experience guided birding trips to explore the abundance of bird species that are in this pristine area or take a wildlife cruise around Drayton Harbor on the historic Plover Ferry.  Or take a birding photography class to learn from the experts on how to capture the best wildlife images.  (Some fee’s may apply –see schedule for fee’s and more information).

Saturday evening at 5:00 pm, there will be a free presentation at the Performing Arts Center (975 H Street) by our featured speaker, Paul Bannick. 

Birch Bay Events

On Sunday, March 15, enjoy a day of birding in Birch Bay starting with a Birding Breakfast Buffet and presentation at C’J’s Restaurant in Birch Bay. 9 - 11 am. followed by workshops and field trips.

For additional information about the festival as well as lodging and area activities, please contact the Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544 or  e-mail:  vic@cityofblaine.com.

*Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay are designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) located on the Pacific Flyway.

Follow this link to view the 2015 Wings Over Water Special Publication of The Northern Light

Blaine • Birch Bay • Semiahmoo

Salish Sea Off Shore Birding & Wildlife Cruise!

Birch Bay Events

Birch Bay Activities

Field Trips

Field Trips


Free Events

Art Exhibit & Reception