Birding festival returns to area

Published on Thu, Sep 4, 2003
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Birding festival returns to area

More birding plans are on the table. As the Blaine-Birch Bay birding committee has completed its report establishing plans and goals, a date has been set for the second annual bird festival sponsored by the Brant Foundation.

The birding committee, comprised of citizens, officials, business people and birding professionals, was created last year to bring birding to the forefront of the area�s economy and recreational opportunities. The committee�s recent report to the Blaine city council outlined its plans and goals, which include developing birdwatching infrastructure such as viewing sites at designated waterfront locations and a birding center that allows birders to congregate in a specific location.

The committee is also interested in purchasing a spotting scope for Marine Park and another area, and are planning to spread the local birding word through national and regional publications, media stations, and a full-color informational brochure touting local birding areas and species information.

In addition to the committee�s plans, the Brant Foundation has announced it will return to Blaine for the second Brant festival, an event focusing on the small sea goose. The festival was held for the first time last year in Blaine and Birch Bay, and for the first year was considered quite successful. The second annual festival has been scheduled for April 16, 17 and 18, 2004 and is expected to attract 1,000 people or more. This year�s festival will incorporate educational programs, speeches and more visual displays.

For more information about the festival, visit online at For bird committee meeting dates, call the city of Blaine at 332-8311.