Bald eagle viewing opportunities abound on Skagit River watershed

Bald eagle viewing opportunities are underway on the Skagit River watershed. The area is home to one of the largest populations of bald eagles in the contiguous United States. Events include hiking, tour and guest speakers.

Here are some activities scheduled for December-February according to an announcement issued by Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest:

Eagle Watcher Viewing

Saturdays & Sundays; 10am-3pm; Dec. 13 – Jan. 31

Along State Route 20 - Mt. Baker Ranger District

Join the Mt. Baker Ranger District at one of three stops along Highway 20 to learn and enjoy bald eagles. 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

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center: Saturdays & Sundays; 11am; Dec. 20 – Jan. 31

Howard Miller Steelhead Park - 52809 Rockport Park Road Rockport, WA 98283

Join the Forest Service and 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.

Rockport State Park

Fridays - Sundays; 10am - 2 pm; Dec. 5 – Feb. 15

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.

Washington State Discover Pass required,

Marblemount Fish Hatchery Tours

Saturdays & Sundays; 11am to 3pm; Dec. 7 – Feb. 1

Marblemount Fish Hatchery - 8319 Fish Hatchery Road Marblemount, WA 98267

Tour the fish hatchery with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group and learn about the salmon life cycle, hatchery operations, habitat needs of salmon and other local wildlife. You might get a chance to view bald eagles as well.

Tours are free.