Outdoors

Swans and Beyond

Heart-racing happenings

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Romantic outings don’t necessarily need to involve fine dining, bouquets of flowers or the giving and receiving of material things. Sometimes, all that is needed to get your heart racing is an activity that takes place in the great outdoors and involves the appreciation of the natural world. The following activities fit the bill.

To get a look a closer look at birds that are monogamous and often mate for life, two different Swan Watches taking place this weekend and next will draw attention to the wonders of Trumpeter and Tundra swans as they lift off from the water and head to the skies to explore for the day’s forage. First up, the annual Swan Watch hosted by Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park takes place from 7-10am Sat., Feb. 9 in Ferndale at Tennant Lake (5236 Nielsen Ave.). Show up at dawn to see as many as 300 swans lift off, then stick around to warm up and listen to a guest speaker at the Interpretive Center. If you’re farther south, meet with Skagit Land Trust to celebrate the lovebirds at a Valentine’s Swan Watch at 6:45am Sat., Feb. 16 at Barney Lake (east of Mount Vernon). Many other birds winter at the picturesque locale and bald eagles nest along the shore, so be sure to bring your binoculars—and your sweetie. Info: http://www.fotlhp.org or www.skagitlandtrust.org

Meet up with a pal, furry friend or someone special and take part in Max Higbee Center’s fifth annual Hearty Party 5K! Run, Walk & Roll starting at 11am Sat., Feb. 9 at the center’s headquarters at 1210 Bay St. Entry to take part in the “race for inclusion” is $20-$35 and includes breathtaking views of Bellingham Bay and Zuanich Point Park, as well as entrance to an after-party at Boundary Bay Brewery. The nonprofit provides recreational services to teens and adults living with developmental disabilities, and this event not only celebrates the people it helps, but will also raise funds toward finding a bigger home for the center. If you want to show them the love, you know what to do. Info: http://www.maxhigbee.org

At 6pm every Tuesday, a free All-Paces Run sets out for guided excursions from Fairhaven Runners (1209 11th St.) to routes that either follow the waterfront or the nearby woods. Once a month, however, the longtime athletic hub ups the ante with a themed outing. An annual You Make My Heart Race Run happening Tues., Feb. 12 will include pre- and post-run events including finding your sole-mate via Topo shoe demos, a “Get to Know Your Run Lovin’ Compatriots” contest, and sweet treats, prizes and giveaways designed to warm your heart. Wear red to receive a specially marked Valentine, and don a headlamp or bring a flashlight to ensure you end the night with your limbs intact. Info: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com

Alan Doyle
More Outdoors...
Spring Fever
Recreating at Northern State

Quilted clouds skidded low overhead and precipitation seemed imminent as I pulled into the trailhead at Northern State Recreation Area just north of Highway 20 near Sedro-Woolley. 

I’d come to reacquaint myself with this historically significant 726-acre agricultural site that supplied…

more »
Climate Science
From students to stewards

Officially, we celebrate our planet Mon., April 22, and many of us will take part in a wide variety of celebrations, work parties and other gatherings intended to reignite our commitment to protecting the natural systems upon which we all depend. These events are fun and can be meaningful…

more »
Ripples from the Pebble
Wrong mine, wrong place

“We live in a time of uncertainty—about the trajectory of our own lives, the lives of generations to come and the continued health of the planet we live on. For millennia, wild salmon have survived ice ages, continental shifts and most destructively, human beings. Their continued…

more »
Events
Today
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Bellingham Beer Week

12:00pm|Throughout Bellingham

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

10:00am

Robin Hood, a Musical

7:00pm|Sedro-Woolley High School

Eurydice

7:00pm|Squalicum High School,

Unstable By Design

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Spring Book Sale

10:00am|Deming Library

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

SPA Talk with Bradley James Lockhart

2:30pm|St. Paul's Academy

Linuxfest Northwest

3:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Peace Vigil

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

First Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Poetry Party

5:00pm|Upper Skagit Library

Building Dreams Dinner and Auction

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Raise the Roof Auction and Trashion Show

5:30pm|Depot Market Square

North Cascades Community Orchestra

7:30pm|Central Lutheran Church

The Coronation of Poppea

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Skagit Community Band

7:30pm|Maple Hall, Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church

Genre Legends, Hot Dogs

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Village Books
Tomorrow
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Bellingham Beer Week

12:00pm|Throughout Bellingham

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

10:00am

Robin Hood, a Musical

7:00pm|Sedro-Woolley High School

Eurydice

7:00pm|Squalicum High School,

Unstable By Design

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Linuxfest Northwest

3:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Genre Legends, Hot Dogs

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Skagit Community Band

7:30pm|Maple Hall, Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Coronation of Poppea

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #154

Dealer Demo Day

9:00am|Fanatik Bike Co.

Everson Garden Club Plant Sale

9:00am|Everson Elementary School

Have a Heart Family Fun Run

9:00am|Edgewater Park

Anacortes Vintage by the Sea

9:00am|Anacortes Port Transit Event Center

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Independent Bookstore Day

9:00am|Village Books

Rise Against Hunger

9:00am| St. Luke's Community Health Education Center

Seedlings, Starts and Garden Goodies Swap and Giveaway

10:00am|Van Zandt Community Hall

Backyard Habitat Native Flora Fair

10:00am|Fairhaven Village Green

WoodFest

10:00am|Sedro-Woolley High School

Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers

10:00am|Blaine Harbor Center

Local Author/Illustrator Open House

10:00am|South Whatcom Library

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am|Sumas Library

Dia de los niños/Dia de los libros

10:00am|Lynden Library

We Are Skookum Scavenger Hunt

10:00am|Downtown Bellingham

Dakota Art Store Anniversary Art Expo

10:00am|Dakota Art Store

Vaisakhi Festival

11:00am|Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Tomato Growing Tips and Tricks

11:00am|Joe's Gardens

Getting Your Hand Dirty

11:00am|North Fork Library

The Greatest Sideshow in Sedro-Woolley

12:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees

1:30pm|Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Little Farm Homegrown

2:00pm|Everson Library

Garage Wine Company Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Sudden Valley Jazz Series

3:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Interwoven Lives

4:00pm|Village Books

FiberFest

4:00pm|Maple Hall

April Brews Day

6:30pm|Depot Market Square

Guemes Island gets lit

6:30pm

Contra Dance with Heliotrope

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Poetry Duo

7:00pm|Village Books

Swing Into Spring

7:00pm|Pioneer Pavilion Community Center

Bellingham Community Band's Appalachian Spring

7:00pm|Syre Center

Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, and Bill Coon

7:30pm|Jansen Art Center

Skagit Valley Chorale's American Journeys

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Artrageous

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Village Books Trove Web
Sunday
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Bellingham Beer Week

12:00pm|Throughout Bellingham

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

10:00am

Eurydice

7:00pm|Squalicum High School,

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Linuxfest Northwest

3:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Skagit Community Band

7:30pm|Maple Hall, Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Coronation of Poppea

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

WoodFest

10:00am|Sedro-Woolley High School

We Are Skookum Scavenger Hunt

10:00am|Downtown Bellingham

Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers

10:00am|Blaine Harbor Center

FiberFest

4:00pm|Maple Hall

Skagit Valley Chorale's American Journeys

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Rabbit Ride

8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Brews Brunch

9:00am|Boundary Bay Brewery

Parkscriptions Day

9:30am|Throughout Whatcom County

Great Lego Build-Off

10:00am|Pioneer Pavilion Community Center

Dirty Dan Harris Festival

10:00am|Historic Fairhaven

Mitzvah Day Used Book Sale

10:30am|Congregation Beth Israel

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Easter Brunch at Semiahmoo Resort

11:00am|Semiahmoo Resort

Bellingham Handmade Market

11:00am|Goods Nursery and Produce

Coffee with Local Artists

12:30pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Books by the Bay Book Festival

1:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Allegro Strings Benefit

3:00pm|Greene's Corner

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

3:00pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Art of Jazz

4:00pm|Church House

Sinful Sunday

8:30pm|Wild Buffalo

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Neil Berg Village Books