Take caution and check for road closures due to wildfires in the North Cascades.

Bird Watching

Did you know that Whatcom County, in the northwest corner of Washington State, is home to six key locations on the Cascade Loop portion of the Audubon Society’s Great Washington State Birding Trail? Patient bird-watchers looking to fill in their checklists can find a rich variety of viewing sites to spot hundreds of species, especially waterfowl and birds of prey. From Trumpeter Swans to Bald Eagles to White-throated Swift to the Lazuli Bunting... there are so many birds to explore in Bellingham and surrounding Whatcom County. 

In March, birders can also head to Blaine for the annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival, which celebrates the variety of migratory birds that flock to our region every year. 

A permanent exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall features a beautiful collection focused on birds, the John M. Edson Hall of Birds, and serene Semiahmoo Spit is also a lovely flat walk available year-round for bird watching. This is only the beginning of what our area has to offer for bird lovers. Keep reading to find out more. 

March 15-17, 2024

The Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival is packed full of fun-filled activities for the avid birder, novice, and children alike. 

The annual festival spotlights migratory birds that pass through the Blaine, Birch Bay area on the Pacific Flyway from Alaska, inspiring people of all ages, enhancing their outdoor experiences and birding knowledge. 

The birding expo will feature local vendors, kids’ activities, live bird seminars, live presentations with Sardis Raptor Center, and more! Taking place at Blaine Pavilion Community Center, Blaine Marina Park, Semiahmoo Spit, and Birch Bay. 

For registration information and festival updates, visit their website or email: wingsownw@gmail.com

Get to know a dozen beautiful, remarkable species in their natural habitat.

Explore the Guide

Looking for bald eagles? Whatcom County has a variety of spots to go, especially during the winter when they feed on spawning salmon in the rivers.

One good spot is on Mosquito Lake Road near Deming. From Bellingham head east on the Mt. Baker Highway for 16 miles, turn right on Mosquito Lake Road, then drive one mile to the bridge. Another area is the Deming Homestead Eagle Park. Drive east on SR 542 just past SR 9 (south) and turn right on Truck Rd. The parking lot is on the right.

Travel tip: If you're viewing eagles near Welcome Bridge, be sure not to block the fire station or private driveways with your car!

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