based at the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education at Birch Bay State Park
The initial meeting of the Birch Bay Interpretive Consortium based out of the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education at Birch Bay State Park took place on Oct. 30, 2013 attended by Heather Jackson, Ted Morris, Terry Terry and Kathy Berg with Friends of Birch Bay State Park (FOBBSP); Atina Casas and Austin Rose with the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC); and Rachel Vasak with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA).
The overall theme of interpretation for the Birch Bay watershed will be “The Gathering Place.” The initial interpretive project in the State Park will be “Jerry’s Journey” giving an overview of the several major areas of particular interest including shellfish, salmon, water quality and the unique qualities of the State Park environment.
The consortium will be reaching out to our indigenous neighbors to interpret their relationship with the Birch Bay area and to other people and groups with special knowledge to share. A grant opportunity in the area of “creative place making” with the Whatcom County Health Dept. will be explored. http://www.artplaceamerica.org/
Meantime the Center is abuilding on the beach where the latest and greatest IT and other cutting edge infrastructure will be explored to be built into the structure before the walls and ceilings are closed in. The weather-tight shell is expected to be finished by the end of November, if not sooner since the weather has been incredibly cooperative so far!