Wings Over Water festival takes flight March 19

Published on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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One of the world’s most recognized authorities on waterfowl will visit Blaine this month for the city’s annual Wings Over Water (WOW) birding festival.

Organizer Debbie Harger said Frank S. Todd,  conservationist, author and world renowned authority on waterfowl and penguins will speak about his experiences working 39 seasons in Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Arctic regions, at 5 p.m. at the Blaine performing arts center.

Other featured individuals include local driftwood sculptor Jim Agnello, whose carvings are inspired by the wildlife around him; eagle biologist David Hancock; writer and wildlife photographer Joe Meche; and David Drummond from the Merlin Foundation. 

Master gardener Sue Taylor will also present a free workshop on bird-friendly gardening.

The day-long birding event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, with free indoor and outdoor activities including live raptor presentations by Sardis Raptor Rehabilitation Center, wildlife exhibits, displays, on site craft vendors, children’s birdhouse building workshops and bird viewing stations.

Guided field trips by bus with Jim Jorgensen, retired geology and ornithology teacher are $5 and explore Semiahmoo Spit to learn about the birds as well as the geology of the area. Wildlife cruises around Drayton Harbor on the historic Plover Ferry are also available for $5. 

In conjunction with the festival there will be a wine tasting event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Blaine Bouquet at 625 Peace Portal Drive and a multi-media nature art exhibit at the Loomis Hall Gallery at 288 Martin Street.

For more information, call 360/332-4544 or visit www.blainechamber.com/wow.