Birch Bay News and Views

Published Now and Then and maybe Never Again


The Northern LightBellingham Herald BBWARM
Whatcom WatchPitch Fork Economics
(Pod from Seattle)
Birch Bay Library,Birch Bay School, City of Birch Bay, 
Birch Bay Post Office,   
Express You View on the Above


It is Not a Matter of If or When it is a Matter of How.

These links have good information and will be updated frequently.


The Corona 19 will affect us at Birch Bay. The big question is how it will affect us. Here are a couple of links with reliable information on this virus.

*How the Coronavirus Attacks Your Body WSJ

Here’s what scientists know so far about how Covid-19 progresses inside the body WSJ


*The Market at Birch Bay Square is offering curbside pickup. Place orders from from 8:00 am to Noon.Monday through Saturday. Click in this link for more info.

Whatcom Unified Command
* Newest Link

*The Atlantic
Washington State Department of Health Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Salish Sea Coronavirus News and Research
Good Way to Wash Hands *Whatcom County Health
*Pets and Coronavirus
* added recently


Effects of Coronavirus on People in the Birch Bay Area

3/27 UP-DATE


In Need?
We are spreading the word.
let people know there is free food available on Fridays and Saturdays at The Bridge. To register,
call 360 366-8763
The Bridge at Birch Bay



San Francisco coronavirus shelter-in-place order – March 16, 2020
It appears that taking walks with the people at home and your dog is OK.

“You can go for a walk and walk your dog and go on a hike with people in your household, and even with someone else, if you stay six feet away from that person, Dr. Grant Colfax, the San Francisco director of health, said at a press conference.” More


Best Buddies
Order Confections From The C Shop online (even for pickup.)

Birch Bay Library News

Read the Birch Bay Library News


Getting Things Done at Birch Bay (Photo fore Fun) (Thanks Kelvan)

Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility Project

Project Updates – Construction Schedule:  

March 2-5: Work is scheduled from 7am to 5pm.

o    Contractor will begin saw-cutting pavement and performing minor grading work at the north end of the project near Cottonwood Court.

o    Traffic impacts are likely to include some single lane and shoulder closures. Wait times for lane closures should be less than 5 minutes.

March 9-12: Work is scheduled from 7am to 5pm.

o    Contractor will work on walls and sidewalk installation around the Bay Breeze restaurant.

o    Traffic impacts are likely to include some single lane and shoulder closures. Wait times for lane closures should be less than 5 minutes.

The web updates are subject to frequent changes due to contractor scheduling changes. 

Rendering of Path Type I on Berm Opens in new window
Rendering of Path Type II Adjacent to Paving Opens in new window

Project Summary

This project will restore the natural shoreline, protect the roadway from storm damage, and support pedestrian safety with a separated berm that runs from the mouth of Terrell Creek (Lora Lane) to Cedar Avenue approximately 1.58 miles in length along the beach. The project will be constructed over two seasons concluding in April 2021.

Project Details:

Status: Construction began December 9, 2019 and will continue through March 2020 for this first project season. The project will be on hiatus from April through September 2020.

o    Contract Amount: $8,724,841.00

o    Contractor: Granite Construction, Inc.


Great Sourdough Bread

Ann & Mark Johnson are baking sourdough bread in Blaine. It is very good. To order it by text Anna at 360-296-2538. If you missed the article in The Northern Light here it is.


Click to get some information on the Birch Bay Historical Society.


The Sasquatches are Back
and still around

“The sources tell us that Sasquatches like the winter tides best because the lowest tides are at night and they can’t be detected on the beach in the darkness.” The Sasquatch Research Team has reported that Sally and Beau will adjust to this temporary berm building situation perhaps more than their human counterparts. The UPDATE hear is Sally and Beau are still here and it is past Valentines Day. They are usually gone by now. The Sasquatch team thinks that Sally is happy to see all the activity going on at the beach during the night. Read more about about Sally and Beau here.


1 thought on “Birch Bay News and Views

  1. Pat, as always, you’ve given us a great review of what’s happening around the bay. Thank you!
    The berm section of this issue is uncharacteristically spattered with typos and missing words that, as a caring neighbor and compulsive wordsmith, I’m confident you would like to remedy.


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