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Due to hazardous road and weather conditions, we have decided to cancel eagle viewing stations this weekend. The safety of our volunteers is our number one priority and we have decided that the risks at this time are just too high. Though our program will not be running, many Eagle Festival activities are still happening. Be sure to check the weather and call ahead to make sure your activity of choice is still taking place. We wish you a safe, wonderful weekend and hope to see you watching eagles next year!

Below are a few more links for information regarding weather forecasts:

National Weather Service

Skagit Valley Herald: Slide Risk

 

Due to the slide that happened yesterday evening between Concrete and Rockport on Highway 20, we will be cancelling Eagle Watchers this weekend. WSDOT has confirmed that the highway will remain closed throughout the weekend.

Rockport State Park will remain open as well as the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center.

For those of you still interested in coming up, detours via Concrete-Sauk Valley Road and Highway 530 are available options. Please check the weather forecast and drive safely! We have one more weekend left! Barring further weather circumstances, we will be out and ready to greet you on January 30th & 31st for our last eagle watching weekend.

 

 

Photos from the Field

Thanks to some of our wonderful volunteers for the photos they have provided throughout the season. Below are photos from the past month while our volunteers have been staffing stations along the Skagit. We hope to see you this weekend!

Photos above courtesy of Richard Olson. Photos below courtesy of William Amman.

 

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Erica & Matt survey the trees along the South Skagit Highway.

Yesterday marked the last eagle count of the season. With it came good news; the eagle count is up from last week! Eagle counts will start again on Wednesdays in December 2016. Keep an eye on our blog throughout the rest of the season for event updates and in the fall for new volunteer registration.

Marblemount to Newhalem: 13

Rockport to Marblemount: 30

Sedro Woolley to Rockport: 60

Total: 103

 

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Blue was the theme of the eagle team on Wednesday. Erica, Tanya & Matt surveying at the last designated stop on the count.

Join us for Eagle Fest!

We are now in the second weekend of the Eagle Festival and there is a whole host of activities to enjoy in the Upper Skagit community. Check out the list below. See you out there!

Activities Every Weekend in January

INFORMATION STATION
Saturday & Sunday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Concrete Center
45821 Railroad Street, Concrete

• Arts & Crafts
• Gift Basket Raffle
• Festival Souvenirs
• Maps, Schedules, Directions
• Free Popcorn, Coffee & Restrooms

Email the Chamber
(360) 853-8784

DEEP FOREST TOURS & DISCOVERY CENTER
Deep Forest Tours
Every Saturday/Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rockport State Park
51095 State Route 20, Rockport
This forest tour will take you deep into the 670 acres of old-growth forest of Rockport State Park at the foot of Sauk Mountain. Tours are 30-60 minutes. Let kids explore in the Discovery Center with crafts and interactive wildlife displays, books, and games while you warm up by the fire and enjoy popcorn and a beverage. Discover Pass or $10 Day Use fee is required to access the park. Tour & Discovery Center is free.
(360) 853-8461
rockport@parks.wa.gov
 
SKAGIT RIVER BALD EAGLE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Every Saturday/Sunday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Howard Miller Steelhead Park
52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport
Learn about eagles, watershed issues, and local natural and cultural history through guided naturalist hikes, presentations, and the Nature Store. Guided hikes are at 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for a listing of upcoming events. The Interpretive Center will also be open the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day.
Sponsored by: Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
(360) 853-7626
srbeatic@frontier.com
www.skagiteagle.org
 
EAGLE WATCHER STATIONSeagle watchers
Every Saturday/Sunday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Eagle Watcher volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon, and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and spotting scopes available for your use. Viewing stations are at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport, Sutter Creek at Milepost 100, and Marblemount Fish Hatchery. Marblemount Fish Hatchery is also offering self-guided tours. Free.
(360) 854-2617
erkeene@fs.fed.us
 
LITTLE EAGLET STORY TIME
Saturdays Only
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Upper Skagit Library
45770B Main Street, Concrete
Families with young children are invited to learn about eagles and
other wildlife through stories, songs and a simple craft. Free.
(360) 853-7939
www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
 
Wildlife Hayride & Campfire
Ovenell’s Heritage Inn & Double O Ranch
Saturdays Only
3:00 p.m.
Double O Ranch
46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. See eagles, deer, elk, and more. Learn about our conservation projects, selective timber harvesting, and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather! Please check our website for activity updates. Free.
breakfast@ovenells-inn.com
www.ovenells-inn.com
(360) 853-8494
 

Special Weekend Events

Weekend 2 – January 9 & 10

 
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SPECIAL EVENTS IN MARBLEMOUNT:
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY, STORYTELLING, MUSIC, & MORE
Saturday & Sunday, January 9 & 10
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Marblemount Community Hall
60055 State Route 20, Marblemount
Native history, storytelling, music,
local native arts & crafts vendors,
and fry bread tacos all day.
11:00 a.m. “Saga of the Sockeye Salmon” Puppet Show
Peter Ali and other Native American performances
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
Kathy_hunter@hotmail.com
(360) 770-3173
 
BLUEGRASS & BOX LUNCH WITH PROZAC MNT BOYSProzac Mountain Boys
Saturday, January 9
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Tasteful bluegrass by the Prozac Mt Boys and a tasty lunch from 5b’s Bakery,
all in the comfort of the historic Concrete Theatre.
Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Available through Brown Paper Tickets
Email: chamber@concrete-wa.com
Call Valerie Stafford: (360) 466-8754

Weekend 3 – January 16 & 17

Sarvey Presentation

RAPTOR PRESENTATION BY SARVEY WILDLIFE CARE CENTER
Concrete Theatre
Saturday, January 16
45920 Main Street, Concrete
1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Puget Sound.
Their Birds of Prey presentation will give you the chance to see 5 or more of these raptors up close.
Free admission; concessions for sale.

chamber@concrete-wa.com

(360) 466-8754
  
 Eagles Presentation Jan 16
 

 Weekend 4 – January 23 & 24

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: FOCUSING ON BIRDSsnow geese
Saturday, January 23
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Learn to locate and photograph the migratory birds of the Skagit Valley with instructor Karen Ulvestad, www.karenulvestad.com.
Free admission; concessions for sale.
chamber@concrete-wa.com
(360) 466-8754

Weekend 5 – January 30 & 31

Raptor Collage
RAPTORS, FOOD & FUN!
Saturday, January 30
Raptor Presentations 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Concrete High School Gymnasium
7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Puget Sound. Their Birds of Prey presentation will give you the chance to see 5 or more of these raptors up close. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious salmon lunch available for purchase by the Concrete Senior Class.
Free admission; salmon lunch available for purchase.
concretechamber@gmail.com
(360) 853-8784

 

 
 

Eagle Count: 1/7/2016

Marblemount to Newhalem: 11

Rockport to Marblemount: 27

Sedro Woolley to Rockport: 43

Total: 81

Eagle numbers seem to be decreasing but there are still plenty of fun activities to enjoy! Come out this weekend and enjoy Eagle Festival Activities, eagle viewing stations, a hike at Rockport State Park and more. Stay tuned for a featured blog post tomorrow with all the details.

 

It was a beautiful, sunny day to be out counting eagles yesterday! On the Sedro Woolley to Rockport section we saw two groups of eagles kettling and many taking advantage of the warm air thermals in the afternoon. Most of our eagle sightings were early morning and on the lower section of the river. Below is the count:

Marblemount to Newhalem: 11

Rockport to Marblemount: 68

Sedro Woolley to Rockport: 78

Total: 157

 

Stay tuned for photos…