NEWS & EVENTS
NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
June Advisory Committee Meeting
Birch Bay Beach Cleanup
Join the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at the Birch Bay Beach Cleanup, on April 28th from 11-4pm. Cleanup will begin at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center. For more information, call 306-371-5004.
Birch Bay Watershed Waters Adopt-a-Block Kits now Available!
The Birch Bay Watershed Watchers are excited to announce that the Adopt-a-Block kits are now available to sign out! Do you know a street, park, or portion of beach that could use a little extra love? If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for individuals, community groups, and businesses to adopt portions of the community and commit to keep them free of garbage, debris and other contaminates. The kits are supplied with safety vests, trash pickers, garbage bags, gloves, and storm drain markers. Lawn signs and window decals are coming soon! For more information, please contact Ashley McCaughan via email AMcCaugh@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6298.
Terrell Creek on BP Property, Blaine
From Bellingham, head north on I-5 and take Exit 266 (WA-548 N/ Grandview Rd.). Turn left on Grandview Rd. and continue for 7 miles. Turn right on Jackson Rd. and park at the former Birch Bay Bible Community Church (7039 Jackson Rd.).
Look for the blue NSEA tents to sign-in and catch a shuttle to the restoration site.
26th Annual Native Plant Sale & Expo
Spring is Coming!
The Whatcom Conservation District’s Annual Native Plant Sale has been providing low cost, native plants to the residents and visitors of Whatcom County for more that two decades! This year we have over 40 species of native, bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials! For the first time, we will be accepting pre-orders, online only and have discontinued the old paper forms.
Since 1993, the purpose of the sale has been to promote stewardship of our natural resources and help get native plants in the ground. The Expo is a great family friendly event with local nurseries offering even more plant choices and community education groups enlightening you about local issues. For all the details, visit the Native Plant Sale 2019 webpage.
Wings Over Water
Northwest Birding Festival
The 17th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival March 15 – 17, 2019 in Blaine, Washington celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to the coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo Bay at the northwest corner of Washington State. This major stopover on the Pacific Flyway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC is designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) and is the anchor for the North Cascades Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. Click here to learn more.
California Creek at Whatcom Land Trust Property, Blaine
The California Creek Estuary is situated along Drayton Harbor Road at the mouth of California Creek and consists of shoreline, estuary, open field, and forested habitat. Restoration work has begun with the demolition of two outbuildings and the removal of a mountain of blackberry and scotch broom. Now it is your turn to join NSEA, the Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom Conservation District, and BBWARM to replant the area with native vegetation form improved habitat and water quality!
*Parking will be located at Blaine High School (975 H St., Blaine, WA) look for the blue NSEA tents!
Deadline: January 8, 2019
BBWARM Citizen Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District Citizen Advisory Committee has one vacant position for a four-year term starting in February 2019. BBWARM is the stormwater management district for the Birch Bay watershed. Advisory Committee members represent the local community and BBWARM rate payers’ interests in the stormwater program for Birch Bay. Birch Bay residents interested in stormwater, water quality, and aquatic habitat in the Birch Bay watershed are encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more.
*The vacancy information will be available on the County website the first week of December; however, if you wish to apply before this date, applications can be found here. All applications will be due at 10:00 a.m. on January 8, 2019.
January 8, 2019
Watershed Watchers Volunteer Info Night
Are you interested in protecting and enhancing Birch Bay's natural environment? BBWARM is hosting a volunteer information and training night on January 8th, 2019 and would love for you to join! Click on the poster to sign up and please take a moment to share your thoughts, interests and suggestions in this brief survey.
Looking for Ways to Give Back to Birch Bay? We Need Your Help!
Do you live in the Birch Bay or Terrell Creek Watersheds? If so, we would love to hear from you! Our beautiful bay and local waterways are home to a wide array of species that all rely on a clean and abundant water supply. Natural resource protection cannot happen without an engaged and proactive community.
In an effort to better serve the interests of the community and the environmental needs, we have developed this short, 5 minute survey and we would your appreciate feedback. Your responses will remain confidential, and the information gathered will allow BBWARM to provide more opportunities for individuals to get involved in local environmental stewardship. Start the survey now, by clicking here!
Do you know someone who would like to have their voice heard, but aren't tech-savvy? We have paper copies of the survey available at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. For more information about our program, please visit the click here.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts!
Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day- Planting Party!
November 10, 2018- 9 AM-12 PM.
The Southern Resident Killer Whales that call Puget Sound home are critically endangered, and are among the most at-risk marine mammals in the world. In fact, the local population is down to only 74 orcas. Noise and crowding by boat traffic, chemical contaminants, as well as a scarcity of their preferred food—Chinook salmon—pose serious threats to this endangered population.
Take action by participating in the Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day on November 10, 2018 from 9 AM-12 PM. Join the Whatcom Conservation District, Whatcom Land Trust and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association(NSEA) help improve salmon habitat at the Butler Creek Planting Party. This ~20-acre piece of hidden paradise is located just northeast of Lake Terrell. Click here for more information on ways you can help our resident orcas.
NSEA Terrell Creek Work Party
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 9 AM- 12 PM
7039 Jackson Rd
Blaine, WA 98230 Map
HELP PLANT A FOREST AND RESTORE SALMON HABITAT ALONG TERRELL CREEK!
All ages are welcome! Any unaccompanied volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a completed Liability Release Form to each work party. Bring your friends, your family and your enthusiasm and we'll see you at the creek! Click here for more information.
September 15, 2018
Run With The Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk And Smolt Sprint
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
BP Highlands, 5042 Grandview
Blaine, WA Map
The 6th Annual Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 15! Join the Chums of Terrell Creek for this family-friendly Whatcom Water Week event. Run with the Chums is a fun, FREE event for all ages and the first 300 participants will receive a free event t-shirt!
Free Workshop on Sound Horeskeeping; Equine Farm Planning
July 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Sunset Farm Park, 7977 Blaine Rd
Blaine, WA Map
Join special guests Michael Hipp, equine conservation planner from Snohomish Conservation District, Kulshan Veterinary equine specialist Dr. Holly Smith, local agronomists and a panel of your peers for the second workshop in the Whatcom Conservation District Farm Speakers Series. Bring questions and ideas about equine pasture management, track paddocks, composting manures, and other topics specific to managing horses on rural lands in the Puget Sound basin.
Free Shoreline Educational Beach Walk
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, 6770 Koehn Road
Blaine, WA Map
Shoreline landowners in Whatcom County are invited to attend a FREE beach walk on coastal process and shoreline erosion management. Learn how you can maintain your shoreline property and manage drainage.
The BBWARM 2017 Annual Report and Financial Report Now Available!
2017 Annual Report and Financial Report are available for download here. The Annual Report provides a summary of BBWARM stormwater program activities and accomplishments for 2017. The Financial Report provides a detailed account of the BBWARM fund balance and 2017 expenditures by program area. If you would like a hard copy of these reports or would like additional information, please contact Holly Faulstich at (360) 778-6290 or HFaulsti@co.whatcom.wa.us
What's the Point? A free beach discovery event
Wednesday, June 16, 2018 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, 6770 Koehn Road
Blaine, WA Map
The community is invited to join Whatcom Land Trust, Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee and others for an event titled “What’s the Point?” on Saturday, June 16 from 11:30 am- 3:30pm, at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. A negative tide will allow for intertidal zone exploration in an extraordinary stretch of shoreline teeming with wildlife. Marine life specialists will be on the beach providing information about plants and animals in the reserve’s intertidal zone. Come join the fun!
Save the Date! Birch Bay Beach Fest & Feast
Saturday, June 2, 2018 11:00 AM-3:30 PM
Birch Bay State Park5105 Helweg Road
Blaine, WA +Google Map
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!
Terrell Creek Work Party
Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
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.
Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class
April 23- May 9, 2018
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.
Great News! Shellfish Beds Now Reopen for Harvesting in Birch Bay
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.