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19th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival brings in-person events for 2022

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Blog Author: Joe Meche

The 19th annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival will occur in Blaine, Birch Bay, and Semiahmoo from March 18 – 20, 2022. This year’s festival will be an easing back into a more normal atmosphere with planned activities that include in-person presentations, field trips, and children’s activities, all with Covid-related precautions in place.

The Blaine Birch-Bay area is a known IBA (Important Birding Area) on the Great Washington State Birding Trail Cascade Map. In the coming weeks, birders from all over Puget Sound will descend on Blaine, Birch Bay, and Semiahmoo to witness the abundance of birds that winter here. The Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival celebrates all things bird-related and provides a wealth of information for novice and experienced birders alike.

On the waters of Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay are one of the state’s finest gatherings of birds, both in diversity and in sheer numbers. These bodies of water have all the essential ingredients to provide food and shelter for wintering birds. This area also anchors Audubon Washington’s Great Washington State Birding Trail’s Cascade Loop. The assemblage of birds includes:

  • Sea and bay ducks.
  • Loons and grebes.
  • Shorebirds.
  • Raptors like Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons.

This northwestern corner of Washington state is on the must-see list of hotspots for birders everywhere. Like the Arctic-breeding Long-tailed Ducks, some species are huge attractions and are reliable sightings here in winter. Whether you’re a birder or not, be sure to check out Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival!

To view the full slate of Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival’s family-fun activities, visit

Blaine-Semiahmoo Bird Viewing Location Map

Blaine-Birch Bay & Semiahmoo Birding Brochure

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