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Visitors and volunteers brave the rain on Highway 530 bridge in Rockport Washington, December 23, 2012, while eagles put on a show below.

Visitors and volunteers brave the rain on Highway 530 bridge in Rockport Washington, Satuirday, December 22, 2012, while eagles put on a show below.

The sun makes an appearance at Sutter Creek Rest Area on Sunday, December 23, 2012. Milepost 100 on State Route 20 near Rockport, WA

The sun makes an appearance at Sutter Creek Rest Area (Milepost 100 on State Route 20) on Sunday, December 23, 2012 near Rockport, WA.

Eagles were lively on the Skagit River last weekend. Many people braved the rain on Saturday to see the birds pulling salmon carcasses out of the water and feeding on them. When the sun came out on Sunday, suddenly it was eagle bath time. They put their heads and bodies under water and shake all around. Very fun to watch!

Bald eagle bathing in the cold water of the Skagit River near Milepost 100, State Route 20, Washington

Bald eagle bathing in the cold water of the Skagit River near Milepost 100, State Route 20, Washington

We’ll be there again the next five weekends, come look through the spotting scope!

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I braved the crud weather up on the Skagit last weekend and saw about as many eagles as people. The eagle watching was still pretty good. I found them perching, feeding, soaring and flying. It seemed like there were more subadults than I usually see, which makes sense because they are thought to stay in the area longer than the adults. The hot spot on Sunday was just downstream from the confluence of the Baker River.

Volunteer Sarah Mintz of Sardis Raptor Center (yes, our own Sarah of eaglewatchers!)

There is one more weekend of the Eagle Festival! Saturday January 28th is the big day with a visit from Sardis Raptor Center with their “Hunters of the Sky” program. Have you ever seen an golden eagle or a falcon REALLY close? Admission is $10. All proceeds go toward care of injured or resident birds at the center. The shows are at 11:00 and 1:00 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park Clubhouse in Rockport.

So I supposed that means that you are guaranteed to see an eagle on the Skagit one way or another this coming weekend!
See you on the river!

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Volunteer helps visitors at Howard Miller Eagle Watch Station

Eagle Watcher Elena directs visitors to viewing sites from Howard Miller Park

Would you like to be an Eagle Watcher volunteer? The signup period for the Skagit Eagle Watchers Volunteer Stewardship Program is now open. Volunteers will attend 2 days of training, then commit to working 3 winter weekend shifts along the Skagit River. At viewing stations between Rockport and Marblemount , volunteers answer questions and educate the public about eagle and salmon ecology, and use spotting scopes to allow visitors to get a close up view of wintering bald eagles. Volunteer applications are available at the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest website and at the Mt Baker Ranger Station in Sedro-Woolley.

Applications are due November 22 for the 2010-11 season.

For more information, call the Mt Baker Ranger District at (360)856-5700.

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I couldn’t resist taking a drive up the Skagit yesterday to take some pictures for you. I have never seen so many eagles. Hopefully they will still be around next weekend when we are out there. At this point I expect we WILL have eagle watching sites set up on January 3rd and 4th.
Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a larger image.

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