Last year we asked our volunteers to help us give a better idea of what eagle watchers is like. Check out the video below to see what they have to say!


Interested in volunteering for Eagle Watchers? The new volunteer application period will open November 2, 2015.

To submit an application, click on the “2015 Application” tab and answer the questions. This tab will not be visible until the opening date. Once you’ve submitted an application, expect to hear from us by November 20, 2015 for updates and training agendas.

To be an Eagle Watcher volunteer you are required to attend a two day training the weekend of December 5 & 6, 2015. We ask that you commit to three Eagle Watching shifts between December 12, 2015 and January 31, 2016.

If you would like more info on becoming a volunteer, please contact Erica Keene at erkeene@fs.fed.us.

We are gearing up for the 2015-2016 Eagle Watchers Season! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for the volunteer application and important dates. If you have questions about the program please contact Erica Keene at erkeene@fs.fed.us.

Stay Tuned…

A beautiful photo taken along the Skagit in December 2014.  Jason Ransom, National Park Service

An eagle along the Skagit in December 2014. Photo by: Jason Ransom, National Park Service

This weekend marks the last weekend of the Skagit River Eagle Festival. Be sure to come up and visit us! Below is a list of all the fun happenings. See you out there!

Saturday Only Events

Saturday, January 24, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars
43095 Challenger Road, Concrete
Raptor Presentation by Sarvey Wildlife Care Center at 2:00 p.m.
Challenger Ridge is a family and dog friendly venue with a cozy tasting room,
picnic area, and wonderful walking trails. Snacks & soft drinks, and $5 wine tasting.
Free admission and free camping Saturday only.
Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. – Noon
Concrete Theatre,
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Photographer Andy Porter (www.northwesternimages.com) will discuss subject placement,
the Rule of Thirds, use of leading lines, framing, reflections and much more. Free.
Saturday, January 24, 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.
Saturday, January 24, 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.
WINTER JAZZ @ 5b’s Bakery
Saturday, January 24, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
45597 Main Street, Concrete
Come in out of the cold and enjoy a festive jazz ensemble put on by our local talent.
Hint: it will sound even better with one of 5b’s amazing cinnamon rolls!
Ovenell’s Heritage Inn & Double O Ranch
Saturday, January 24, 3 p.m.
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.  Activity is weather dependent. 

Saturday & Sunday Events

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Howard Miller Steelhead Park
52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport
Learn about eagles, watershed issues, and local, natural and cultural history through guided hikes, presentations, and the Nature Store.
Saturday:  Naturalist Hike at 11:00 a.m. led by Erica Keene, Forestry Technician, Mt. Baker Ranger District. “Glaciers of the North Cascades” presentation at 1:00 p.m. by Jon Riedel, Geologist, North Cascades National Park. 
Sunday:  Naturalist Hike at 11:00 a.m. led by Erica Keene, Forestry Technician, Mt. Baker Ranger District. “Explorations of the Skagit Watershed” presentation at 1:00 p.m. by Pat Buller, Photographer, Blogger, Artist. 
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.
Deep Forest Walks begin at 10:00, 11;00, 12:00 & 1:00
Center open 10:00-2:00
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.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Marblemount Fish Hatchery
8319 Fish Hatchery Road, Marblemount
Learn how eagles relate to the life cycle of the Pacific Salmon. Visitors gain knowledge of all phases of the salmon life cycle without disturbing salmon in the wild. In addition to fish, visitors can view eagles, hawks, blue herons, ducks, and dippers. 
The view from Martin Road.

The view from Martin Road.

Eagle numbers are beginning to dwindle this week. Thick fog was an obstacle on this week’s count and likely affected numbers. This is the last eagle count of the year, but not the last weekend to come and see them! Be sure to come visit us at one of our three locations: Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Milepost 100 or Marblemount Fish Hatchery. Our booth is open from 10:00-3:00 Saturdays and Sundays through January 31st.  See you out there!

Eagle Count:

Sedro Woolley to Rockport: 66

Rockport to Marblemount: 68

Marblemount to Newhalem: 25

River Ranger Erica Keene found 42 eagles at this single spot along the South Skagit Highway.

US Forest Service River Ranger Erica Keene found 42 eagles at this single spot along the South Skagit Highway.

Newhalem to Marblemount: 38

Marblemount to Rockport: 78

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 117

Total: 233

Snow covered Sauk Mountain above the Skagit River between Concrete and Rockport.

Snow covered Sauk Mountain above the Skagit River between Concrete and Rockport.

Newhalem to Marblemount:72

Marblemount to Rockport: 54

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 89

Total: 215


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