The Eagle Watchers Program is a joint partnership with the US Forest Service, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, WA Department of Transportation, Rockport State Park and the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center.
What is the Eagle Watcher Volunteer Stewardship Program?
Thanks to abundant runs of wild salmon, the Skagit River Watershed boasts one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. In their wake come thousands of people vying for views of the majestic birds roosting in riverside trees or eating fish along gravel bars. Bald eagle viewing continues to rise each year as media coverage increases and more people move to the Puget Sound region.
Since 1992 the Eagle Watchers program has played a vital role in protecting this species by managing the attention they attract. Eagle Watchers share a common bond – love for eagles, salmon and the Skagit River and a desire to benefit both wildlife and people.
On weekends starting in late December, trained volunteers will be stationed at a number of convenient locations along the Skagit River to help you learn more about one of the largest wintering bald eagle populations in the Lower 48.
To help you plan your visit to the Upper Skagit, Eagle Watchers volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and spotting scopes available for your use.
For more information about the program and how to get involved, go to our volunteer page. To plan a visit to see eagles, contact the Mt Baker Ranger District at (360) 856-5700 or visit the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest online.