Wings Over Water events full of education, fun
North Cascades Audobon Society among many presenters
A full day of birding opportunities and activities, plus appearances by noted authorities on raptors, including live birds on display most of the day and children’s activities, highlight this year’s Wings Over Water festival set for Saturday, April 19.
Venues include the Worldly Treasures Building on G Street and Peace Portal, and the downtown Trillium office.
There is still a need for volunteers, according to volunteer coordinator Kathleen Hernandez. “There are a lot of places to plug in, and we can use kids as well as grown-ups. This is something the whole family might enjoy doing if your experience here makes you want to help out in some way.” If interested call her at 360/393-3880.
The night before on Friday, April 18, Northern Meadows Gifts and Wine will host a wine tasting sponsored by the Brant Society from 6 to 8 p.m. A drawing will be held for a framed print as a fundraiser for the group. Northern Meadows is at 684A Peace Portal, at the corner of H Street.
Saturday programs in the Worldly Treasurers building include David Hancock, speaking at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for two hours each time.
His first talk is titled Bald Eagles of the Northwest, something that he knows, as well as any living wildlife biologist, with over 50 years’ study in the field. His afternoon talk is titled Eagles, Wildlife and Cams, and will deal with the remote cams he’s set up in numerous places to track wildlife activities.
Both presentations have been revised and updated, Hancock said, so these are brand new for this festival. For more information, go to www.hancockhouse.com.
There are also books available at the Blaine Bouquets on Peace Portal across from the Worldly Treasures building in addition to the street vendors and others who will be in the area.
Sardis Raptor Center, located on Valley View Road in Custer, will bring a number of their resident raptors for display from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. At noon, following Hancock’s first talk, they will do a one hour demonstration with their live birds.
At 1 p.m., David Drummond is speaking on his favorite bird, the Merlin, a compact falcon that is resident in the area.
His talk is titled All About the Merlin Hawk. Drummond is president of the Merlin Falcon Foundation, and his website is www.merlinfalconfoundation.org.
The Washington Waterfowl Association will once again be doing trips on Lake Terrell, a man-made lake established in 1947 specifically to raise wild game.
The 1,500 acre lake is not only home to a wide variety of water birds but also attracts a number of migrating species as well.
This costs $5, as do the wildlife cruises aboard the Plover ferry that will be operating out of the Blaine marina. Washington Waterfowl Association’s website at www.wa-ducks.com.
For kids, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay and others will be having all kinds of activities from posters and coloring contests to hat making.
Those kids who can complete a “Migratory Maze” downtown can earn a chance to win a 20-inch BMX “next wipeout” bike.
Joe Meche of the North Cascades Audubon Society has organized members to set up bird viewing stations on Marine Drive, Semiahmoo Spit and Birch Bay State Park.
“If you ever wanted to find out what kind of birding you can do here in Blaine, this is the day to find out,” Meche said, adding that inclement weather, should it happen, is often the best time to see local wildlife.