EVENT: Wings Over Water Festival Friday through Sunday in Blaine area

Wings Over Water, an annual festival that highlights the diversity of waterfowl that cruise West Coast migration routes, is Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, at various locations around Blaine.

Many of the activities are centered at Blaine Middle School, 975 H St., the festival headquarters. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with such workshops as a free “Eyes on Wildlife” painting workshop for kids 8 and older, and a birdhouse building seminar (suggested $1 donation) for children to age 14 that starts at 10 a.m. and goes until the materials are gone.

Also Saturday is a $5 field trip led by birding experts, with reservations encouraged at 360-332-4544.

Free maps to bird-viewing stations will be available at Blaine Middle School. Viewing sites will be staffed by North Cascades Audubon Society volunteers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Also, the Alaska Packers Association Cannery Museum at 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway will be open for free (donations accepted) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the historic foot ferry Plover will offer $5 nature cruises from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A guided birding walk with noted local birder Paul Woodcock will be 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday near Birch Bay State Park and Terrell Creek, where sometimes up to 50 species of birds can be seen.

For a full list of events, go to wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.