Experience the rich bird life in the natural and diverse habitats of western Skagit!
Our Skagit Birding Eco Tour takes you on an Adventure around Skagit’s farmlands, bays, forests and sea shores in search of the resident and migratory birds that make Skagit their winter home.
Stephanie, our expert local birding guide, takes you to all her favorite birding hotpots and aids you in identifying species by sight, sound and behaviors. She’ll also teach you how to use binoculars and how to be a “Mindful Birder”.
Enjoy watching the thousands of snow geese & smaller flocks of tundra and trumpeter swans foraging the farmlands Be prepared to listen to the cackling concerto produced by the highly gregarious geese and the unmistakable honking of the swans. Bald eagles and a variety of raptors are sometimes seen hunting in the farm fields.
Around Skagit and Padilla Bays, we’ll look for waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds: elegant pintail ducks, chatty widgeons, magnificent great blue herons, acrobatic dunlin and many others. Ever been to a heronry?
The shores of the Salish Sea around Anacortes, Fidalgo Island and Deception Pass teem with a variety of seabirds. Harlequin ducks, scoters, loons, buffleheads, grebes, mergansers and cormorants dive incessantly for food in their underwater restaurant! The unmistakable oystercatchers are often heard and seen as well.
Stunning backdrops of farm fields, historical barns, snow-peaked mountains, Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands and the waterways of the Salish Sea are there to frame your photos.
NOTE: Don’t let our winter weather deter your enthusiasm for joining our Skagit Birding Eco Tour. Much of the birding can be done from and close to the warmth of our vehicle. Nonetheless, warm clothing (layers, gloves and hat) and rain gear are highly recommended.
OCTOBER – MARCH
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
$93 Child (10 & under)
Activity level: EASY
For all birding levels and walking abilities
“Thanks so much for showing us what to look for and where to look. We had the most wonderful birding adventure and we can’t stop talking about all we learned!”
Ramona & Kevin, Washington
“Our guide Stephanie was fantastic! She organized the trip to make sure that we saw as many new species of birds as possible. It was a great day!”
Included: transportation, binoculars
Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity
Very small group size: 1-5 Adventurers
What to bring: binoculars, weather appropriate clothing (layers, gloves, hat, rain gear), comfortable walking shoes, lunch/snacks & beverage.
Pick-up & drop-off locations: Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington and Mount Vernon