Archive for December, 2014

Skagit Eagle Survey 12/23/2014

Newhalem to Marblemount: 40

Marblemount to Rockport: 122

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 99

Total: 261

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The chum are in! Skagit River, December 18, 2014

The chum are in! Skagit River, December 18, 2014

Number of bald eagles counted:

Newhalem to Marblemount: 46
Marblemount to Rockport: 77
Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 126

Total: 249

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Skagit Eagle Survey: December 10, 2014

IMG_0953 Newhalem to Marblemount: 37

Marblemount to Rockport: 107

Rockport to Sedro-Woolley: 50

Total: 194

It was a rainy, windy day but the eagles are out and plentiful! The eagle count got off to a great start with 194 spotted this Wednesday. The river is high due to the flood event which left us expecting to see less eagles this week. We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout. The chum run is predicted to be larger than last year, which has us hoping for higher Eagle numbers this year. Join us this weekend on Highway 20 to take a look! The Forest Service will have booths set up at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Milepost 100 and Marblemount Fish Hatchery. Stay tuned to see what next week brings…

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Winter Season Activities on the Upper Skagit River – Eagle Watching and More

Sedro Woolley, WA December 3, 2014—Each year the Skagit River sees the return of hundreds of Bald Eagles that arrive to take advantage of the winter salmon run. Join in on an interpretive hike, hatchery tour or guest speaker series to see and learn more about the Skagit Valley.
Eagle Watcher Information Booth & Spotting Scopes – Saturdays & Sundays December 13th-January 31st 10am-3pm

State Route 20 – Mt. Baker Ranger District – Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Join the Mt. Baker Ranger District at one of three stops along Highway 20 to enjoy and learn about Eagles of the Skagit Valley. Forest Service staff and volunteers will be stationed at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Milepost 100 and Marblemount Fish Hatchery to provide information and Eagle viewing opportunities.
Guided Interpretive Walks & Visitor Centers

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive CenterSaturdays and Sundays in December and January from 10am-4pm and weekdays from December 29th-January 2nd
Howard Miller Steelhead Park – 52809 Rockport Park Road Rockport, WA 98283
Join the Forest Service and other trained naturalists for a guided eagle ecology walk near the Skagit River. The Interpretive Center also offers guest speakers each weekend, a warm fire, refreshments and a gift shop. All programs are free of charge.
Guided walks are offered Saturdays & Sundays December 20th-January 31st 11am

Rockport State Park: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays December 5th – February 15th 10am-2pm
51095 Hwy 20 Rockport, WA 98283
Join trained naturalists at Rockport State Park for a guided hike to learn about old growth forests, eagle habitat and more. ADA accessible trail available. Visit the Discovery Center to participate in a crafts activity and warm up by the crackling fire. Refreshments provided.
*WA State Discover Pass required
Marblemount Fish Hatchery toursSaturdays & Sundays December 7th-February 1st
Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
8319 Fish Hatchery Road Marblemount, WA 98267
Tour Marblemount Fish Hatchery with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group and learn about the salmon life cycle, hatchery operations, habitat needs of salmon and other local wildlife and get a chance to view bald eagles.
Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday from December 7th through February 1st from 11am to 3pm and are free of charge.

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