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Out With Kids: Make a bird feeder or bird art at Whatcom Museum activity day

This month’s Family Activity Day at Whatcom Museum highlights its collection of more than 500 taxidermied birds with activities that focus on migrating species of the Pacific Flyway.

“The Snowy Owl and Other Migration Mysteries” examines the major bird migration route and the species that visit the Northwest in winter, with the program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the museum’s Syre Education Center and Lightcatcher galleries — about a block from each other at 121 Prospect St. and 250 Flora St. Admission is $3, allowing entrance to both venues.

Activities include projects to make bird feeders, with the Bird Chalet of Bellingham providing materials for 75 hummingbird feeders and North Cascades Audubon Society providing materials for more than 100 seed-type feeders. The activities will be available on a first-come basis, said Chris Brewer, museum educator and public programs coordinator.

“It’s really exciting for kids to see birds coming to their feeders,” Brewer said. “ It’s one way we build appreciation for our natural environment.”

Participants will get to keep their feeders and other art projects, and there’s no additional fee, Brewer said. People who arrive after the bird-feeder materials are gone will receive instruction sheets to make their feeders at home, she said. The seed feeder project will be in the Syre Center and the hummingbird feeder will be in the Lightcatcher.

Other art projects include making a paper snowy owl, a clay snowy owl, and a snowy owl rock painting.

“You just roll out a bit of clay, it’s pretty easy to make,” Brewer said. “And we have tools so you can add details.”

As an added attraction, the Northwest Washington Woodturners with have a lathe to create wooden birds or tops free for visitors to keep.