Archive for January, 2018

Skagit Bald Eagle Interpretive Center Programs:

Visitor Center Open 10-4 Saturday and Sunday at Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Pete Haase, Skagit Citizen Science Forage Fish Survey Team: Forage Fish around Skagit County

January 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

WhatARE forage fish? Come and find out,and learn how forage fish play a vital role in our local ecosystem.

Mike Larrabee, N. Cascades National Park: Glaciers of the North Cascades

(This program may be affected by the federal government shutdown – check with the visitor center)

January 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

About one-third of all the glaciers in the lower 48 states are in the North Cascades National Park. These 312 glaciers are a critical part of the ecosystem: they influence soil development, vegetation distribution, flooding, and are dramatic indicators of climate change. They are also central to our region’s hydroelectric industry and efforts to sustain endangered salmon and trout.Perhaps most importantly, glaciers provide cold, fresh water during droughts,periods of low streamflow and high stream temperatures.

Eagle Fest In Concrete:

Saturday, January 20

Free Workshop: “Wilderness Photography”
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
Photographer Andy Porter (www.andyporterimages.com) will discuss subject placement,
the Rule of Thirds, use of leading lines, framing, reflections and much more.
Free admission.

Rockport State Park 

The State Park is open for business. Amos is offering ranger guided walks through the ancient forest all weekend and the Discovery Visitor Center is open 11-4. Also, they have popcorn!

Eagle Watch Stations

Accessible but unstaffed this weekend

For the Forest Service sites, it looks like the government shutdown is going to hamper our eagle watcher weekend. We won’t be running the scopes along the river.

Bring your own binoculars and come on out. Today during the count we found 41 eagles between Rockport and Marblemount. The most eagles are still at Marblemount Hatchery!

Have a great weekend!


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Rockport, WA December 30, 2017

Good morning, as the sun is rising on a not-too-cold and only slightly misty day, I thought I would fill everyone in on this weekend’s activities. Sunshine is on the way tomorrow, or so the forecast says.

Eagle Watchers:

We will have all three sites open with information and scopes. Most of the eagles have been at Marblemount Hatchery the past few weeks.

The view waiting for you at milepost 100

National Park Service bald eagle count of the Rockport to Marblemount stretch of the river yesterday (Jan 12, 2018) was 41. USFS Count of Rockport to Sedro-Woolley was 30.

Eagle Festival Activities :

Saturday January 13th, 2018:

 Native American History, Storytelling and More

Marblemount Community Hall – 60055 State Route 20, Marblemount
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indian Tacos and Fry Bread available for sale 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Native history, storytelling, and music featuring…
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Rosy Cayou of Guemes Island
Historian and Legend storyteller of the Samish Indian Nation, along with Indian Drummer Tsul-Ton from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe / Samish Indian Nation Sharing History and legends of the Northwest Ecosystem through stories and song.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Peter Ali of Berber and Yaqui Indian heritage (as well as Spanish and Italian descent)
A self-taught Native American Flutist, creating music not from notes but from a spirit within. Each performance is unique; he plays a variety of native flutes and shares their stories of his rich ethnic heritage.
Free admission. Donations appreciated.


Free Photo Presentation & Discussion: “A Walk on the Wild Side”
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
Leah Serna discusses her travels through Canada, Idaho, Montana and beyond to capture her images of grizzlies, moose, and wolves.

Skagit Bald Eagle Interpretive Center:

Every Saturday and Sunday: Guided walk at 11:00am

January 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Jenna Friebel, WDFW hydrologist/project manager: Salmon Recovery Efforts in the Skagit River Delta: Recent Successes and Next Steps 

The Skagit River watershed is very important for Puget Sound chinook salmon recovery! The recently completed Skagit River delta habitat restoration project provides benefits to chinook salmon and teaches us about challenges associated with implementing large-scale restoration projects. Meeting recovery goals for the Skagit River and delta is an ongoing process, and WDFW is working with the local community through the Farm, Fish,and Flood initiative to advance recovery efforts.

January 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Jennifer Sevigny, Wildlife Biologist, Stillaguamish Tribal Nation: North Cascades Elk Herd Monitoring and Management

Learn about the herd’s history and the Tribal perspective on how to manage and protect the North Cascades elk herd, including data collection approaches and preliminary results.

Rockport State Park

Discovery Center open 11-4. This is a super fun place for kids and adults.

Take a selfie with a wolverine!

Deep Forest Walks by State Park Rangers all day! See you up there!

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