Friends of the St. Clair River & Blue Water Audubon Society are hosting the 5th annual Winter Bird Blast on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & Studio 1219 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Winter Bird Blast is a day-long birding extravaganza for beginner through advanced-level birders to explore the abundance of winter waterfowl along the St. Clair River. All proceeds benefit Friends of the St. Clair River and Blue Water Audubon Society. The morning session is from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the SCC Administration Building Auditorium, 200 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron. It begins with an “Intro to Winter Birding” presentation by Tom Dennis, local naturalist and Times Herald Columnist, then moves outdoors to several birding hotspots along the St. Clair River. Optional items to bring include a field guide, binoculars, camera and warm clothing. Registration is not required for this family-friendly event. A $5 donation is suggested. The afternoon session is from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Studio 1219, 1219 Military Street, Port Huron. Participants follow step-by-step instruction to paint a Common Goldeneye duck scene. Tickets are $45. All ages welcome. Pre-registration is required through Studio 1219 atwww.studio1219.com or 810-984-2787. Friends of the St. Clair River is the Blue Water Area’s largest environmental non-profit organization that inspires citizen action through stewardship, monitoring and education to restore, protect and enhance the St. Clair River and its watersheds. For more information contact Sheri Faust at firstname.lastname@example.org, (810) 730-5998, or visit www.scriver.org and “Friends of the St. Clair River” on Facebook.