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Semiahmoo Bay, designated by the National Audubon Society as an Important Birding Area (IBA) of Washington state. On Friday, March 14, an opening artists’ reception will feature author, editor, and world adventurer Noah Striker. Noah has studied birds on six continents, most recently in Antarctica. If you’re a bird nerd like me, you know that a “life list” is a cumulative list of all the birds you’ve positively identified in nature in your lifetime. My life list has hovered around 80 for a decade. Noah’s is approaching 2,500.

The majority of festival events, organized by an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, take place Saturday, March 15, and include a little something for everyone, from arts and crafts to all-ages educational activities. The festival’s mission is to promote conservation, education, and the stewardship of birds and their habitats while encouraging ecotourism that supports the local economy. “Collaboration between Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, and Blaine has drawn more than 1,500 to 2,000 people to this event, and attendance has been growing steadily,” explains Debbie

Harger, Festival Chair and City of Blaine Community and Tourism Development Coordinator. Debbie has helped plan these festivities for the past decade. A wildlife biologist will lead historic Plover passenger ferry nature cruises, and will help identify the host of migratory birds sightseers might encounter. “Occasionally, in past years, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the sweet surprise of seeing a species you don’t see every day, like the Marbled Godwit, the White Pelican, and the Snowy Owl. You might not see one, but it’s possible,” says Debbie.

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