Bob Schneider and I just came in from the eagle survey. Here are today’s results:
Newhalem to Marblemount: 25
Marblemount to Rockport: 46
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 25
Total: 96 (Last Wednesday there were 175)
Last weekend was marvelous – thank you to everyone for coming out. Special thanks to Don and Wendy Seanor, Karen Tadd and Bob Schneider for assisting the visitor center with walks. The weather was wonderful, which made up for the sparse bird population. Folks disembarking from boats at Rockport were reporting around 25-30 birds along the float route, drastically fewer than 2 weeks ago.
Common sense suggests that the flood events washed the food downstream, and the eagles followed. Large numbers were reported around Samish Island last week. The eagles remaining appear to be hunting. Last Saturday one took a fish out of the river at Howard Miller and another dove at a flock of Goldeneyes near MP 100.
Next weekend is Eagle Festival in Concrete. Bob and I saw 4 adult eagles from the Concrete bridge today, including a nesting pair (There is a nest in a Douglar Fir just downstream from the bridge.) Nice of them to gather for the festival!
We can expect large crowds at the Hatchery and the SFEG folks may need help with tours. In case the eagles are scarce, we should be prepared to talk to folks about all kinds of things we know about this area. Don’t be afraid to share your expertise, whatever it may be. Visitors new to this area might want to learn about waterfowl, mushrooms, fish, bears, the watershed or trees. Many of us have knowledge of trails and other recreation or the history of the area.
Stay tuned for information about the potluck and possibly a rescheduling of the boat trip.
See you on the river!