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Go birding, have fun with science and see farm animals

This week, learn a little about birding, Japanese gardens, science, and see kids exhibiting animals and crafts.

County fair for kids

Whatcom County Youth Fair, an educational fair for children ages 6-18 to learn how to exhibit their animals and crafts, entries were due last month, but the event is free for the public to observe from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden. See a wide range of animals, including cats, cows, pigs, alpacas, rabbits and goats; see kids practicing rodeo skills; a lawn-mower pull; and examples of crafts and skills such as knitting, spinning, weaving and photography. Info: Whatcom County Youth Fair on Facebook.

Beginning birders

Local birder and North Cascades Audubon Society board member Paul Woodcock leads a free family bird walk at Scudder Pond from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 7. Meet in the Bloedel Donovan Park parking lot, 2214 Electric Ave., and leave at 9:15 a.m. Best for ages 7 and older with adult; walk as long as you like or take the whole trip. Dress for the weather; binoculars are handy. Info: (360) 778-8930.

Paul Woodcock shows another birder where to point his spotting scope. STAFF The Bellingham Herald

Go find stuff

Last day of the Spring Scavenger Hunt is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7 in Fairhaven. Get a clue sheet at Fairhaven Toy Garden , 1147 11th St., and prowl the historic district while solving puzzles and collecting stamps from participating businesses. Return for a prize and to enter a raffle for a basket of goodies.

Info: (360) 714-8552,

Scavanger Hunt
Visitors from Seattle examine a map of Fairhaven while participating in the scavenger hunt in 2014. EVAN ABELL

Fun with science

“Let’s Go Science Show” is 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $6 and $7.50, as part of the Wade Bennett King Education Series, for this show aimed at kindergarten through eighth grade. The performance covers air pressure, flight, optical illusions, static electricity, gyroscopic properties, and the scientific method. Info: 360-734-6080,

Japanese-style gardening

Learn how to give your garden a Japanese flair in a free presentation by Hans Wressnigg, a horticulturalist with NIWA Japanese-Inspired Landscapes of Maple Falls, from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St. Program appropriate for older children and adults. Info: Sarah Koehler, 360-305-3600.

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty,