News and Events Postings

Terrell Creek Work Party - April 14

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:56 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 10:57 AM ]

Help plant a forest and restore salmon habitat along Terrell Creek in Birch Bay!
All ages welcome! Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) will bring the tools and gloves - all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Bring your friends, family, and enthusiasm and we'll see you at the creek on Saturday, April 14 from 9am-12pm! Click here for more information and directions.

Save the Date! Birch Bay Beach Fest & Feast - June 2

posted Mar 14, 2018, 8:43 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 12:14 PM ]

Join us on June 2nd at Birch Bay State Park for family-friendly activities, a low tide critter search, scavenger hunt, educational displays and clam chowder lunch! A ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon will celebrate the reopening of 129 acres of shellfish beds at the mouth of Terrell Creek after a 10 year closure as well as the dedication of new interpretive signs recently installed in the park. Whatcom Conservation District's Mobile Watershed Explorer will be on display, as well as many other children's activities and games. Stay tuned for more info!
Photo by Chuck Kinzer

Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class

posted Mar 13, 2018, 3:20 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 3:22 PM ]

Whatcom County Public Works will offer a special session of the popular Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class for Birch Bay watershed residents this spring.  In this free six-session class, participants will learn how to create sustainable residential landscapes that are beautiful, low maintenance, attract wildlife, and benefit the watershed. The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 23-May 9.

Space is limited.  Please contact Sue Taylor at (360) 671-3891 or to register. Click here for more details.

Great News! Shellfish Beds Now Reopen for Harvesting in Birch Bay

posted Jan 24, 2018, 12:36 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 11:25 AM ]

After 10 years of closure due to fecal coliform pollution, the Washington State Department of Health upgraded 129 acres of shellfish beds in Birch Bay from Prohibited to Approved for shellfish harvesting on January 16. Years of hard work and collaboration by community members, non-profit organizations, and local government working together to improve water quality in Terrell Creek, the largest tributary to Birch Bay, have resulted in improved water quality and the reopening. This is a community success worth celebrating! Thank you to everyone working to improve water quality in the Birch Bay watershed. A community celebration is being planned for later this year. For more information read the press release here.

Photo: Checking water quality at the mouth of Terrell Creek where it enters Birch Bay, credit Whatcom County Public Works

Terrell Creek Community Work Party

posted Oct 19, 2017, 3:07 PM by Holly Faulstich

Join Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) on Saturday, October 21 from 9-12pm to restore salmon habitat along Terrell Creek by planting native trees and shrubs at a scenic restoration site in Birch Bay.

NSEA will provide tools, gloves, and light refreshments.

Location: From Bellingham, head north on I-5 and take exit #266/Grandview. Go west for about 7 miles then take a right at the stop sign onto Jackson Road. Look for the NSEA signs and tents!

Private Stormwater Facility Maintenance Workshop

posted Aug 15, 2017, 11:19 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 3:10 PM ]

If you are part of a development with a private stormwater facility, it is required by law to be regularly maintained. To assist homeowners in understanding and evaluating the maintenance needs of the facility within their development, Whatcom County is offering a FREE workshop on this topic on Saturday, October 28. The workshop is designed to give practical and technical support on how to maintain private stormwater facilities and how to plan for future maintenance.  Contact Cathy Craver at or 360-778-6299 to sign up!

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Civic Center Building
322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham
2nd floor conference room, access through south entrance from parking lot

Walk 'n Wag in the Park

posted Aug 14, 2017, 2:48 PM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 2:58 PM ]

Bring your family and furry friends down to Birch Bay State Park on Friday, August 25 from 5-7pm for a 3k walk/run and a variety of fun activities! A $10 registration fee per family helps support the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 levy initiative. Discover Pass not required - it's a free parking day at the park!

Activities include:
- Hot dog picnic dinner
- Fun activities and games with your dog
- Costumes encouraged for your pet
- Pet talent show and photos
- BBWARM poop toss game and prizes!

Run with the Chums - 5k Fun Run/Walk

posted Aug 14, 2017, 8:58 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 9:00 AM ]

Join the Chums of Terrell Creek for this fun event during Whatcom Water Week

Run or walk on a scenic loop through the BP Highlands and learn more about watershed health while taking care of your own health.                         
This family-friendly even offers a kids' smolt sprint, prizes and more. Click here to register!

* Free t-shirts (to the first 300 participants)

* Free raffle with lots of cool prizes

* Refreshments
* 1k Smolt Sprint for kids, ribbons for all racers

* Kids activities
* Guest speakers

* Beautiful location for a morning run or walk

* Exhibits and information tables

* Route is off the roads. Paved and gravel trails

Discover Birch Bay Days: Chainsaw Carving and Crab Fest

posted Aug 14, 2017, 8:53 AM by Holly Faulstich   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 8:54 AM ]

A free family-friendly event in the heart of Birch Bay! Fun activities abound with a grand parade down Birch Bay Drive, arts and crafts fair, food vendors, live music, beer garden, crab derby, extreme wood sculpture event, kid's olympics and more!

Labor Day Weekend: September 2-3, 2017
Birch Bay Beach Park: 7930 Birch Bay Drive

Visit the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more details.

Student Clam Surveys at Birch Bay State Park

posted May 22, 2017, 9:31 AM by Holly Faulstich

The Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum (GSSC) is looking for volunteers to assist with their upcoming "Inspire-a-Steward" program in Birch Bay. On May 26 and June 9, they will be conducting clam survey exercises on the tidelands of Birch Bay State Park with students from Lynden and Ferndale schools. Contact Julie Hirsch ( if you are interested in helping out!

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