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 resident and migratory birds.
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 Bird Wise!
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 seen hunting in the farm fields.
The wetlands around Skagit Bay host a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds such as elegant pintail ducks, chatty widgeons, magnificent great blue herons, acrobatic dunlin and more. Ever been to a heronry?
The shores of the Salish Sea around Anacortes teem with a variety of seabirds. Harlequin ducks, scoters, loons, buffleheads, grebes, mergansers and cormorants dive incessantly for food in their underwater restaurant.
Stunning backdrops of farm fields, historical barns, snow-peaked Cascade mountains, Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands and the waterways of the Salish Sea are there to frame your photos.
Much of the birding can be done from the vehicle but easy short walks are necessary to get to some of the viewing areas.
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 my vehicle. Nonetheless, warm clothing (layers, gloves and hat) and rain gear are highly recommended to keep you warm and dry on the short walks.
NOVEMBER – MARCH
(November – January: upon request, February – March: daily)
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Activity level: EASY
For all birding levels and walking abilities
more details below
“We enjoyed our Skagit Birding Eco Tour immensely! Stephanie is a knowledgeable guide and knows where all the birds are.”
Henry and Maddy (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: Skagit’s top guide, transportation and fuel surcharge
Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, 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.
Meeting location: Shawn O’Donnell’s Farmhouse Restaurant (Mount Vernon) parking lot (free and safe, plus nice bathrooms and good food!)
Skagit Guided Adventures has been featured in:
Epoch Times – Migratory Birds Bring Opportunity, Environmental Concerns to Washingtonians, April 2, 2021
NTD News – Washington Flock Flies Off, March 22, 2021
Skagit Valley Herald – Birds Subject of Online Event, March 14, 2021
KNKX & Birdnote – Winter Birds of the Skagit Valley, March 11, 2021
Weekends in Washington – Skagit Valley Snow Geese Tour, July 2020