Bird Watching

Whatcom County, in the northwest corner of Washington State, is home to six key locations on the Audubon Society’s Great Washington State Birding Trail, Cascade Loop. Patient bird-watchers, looking to fill in their checklists, find a rich variety of viewing sites to spot hundreds of species, especially waterfowl and birds of prey.

In Blaine, there is the Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival that celebrate the variety of migratory birds that flock to here every year. There is also a permanent exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall that features a beautiful collection focused on birds, the John M. Edson Hall of Birds. The Semiahmoo spit is a lovely flat walk available year-round for bird watching also. 

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

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        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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