SKAGIT EAGLES WINTER ECO TOUR
Activity level: easy
The Skagit Eagles Winter Eco Tour takes you to experience the wilderness along the Skagit & Nooksack Rivers. Hundreds of migratory bald eagles congregate in NW Washington’s rivers to feast on the winter salmon run!
Our expert local Guide-Naturalist Stephanie will share her knowledge of bald eagles as we stop along the river to watch and listen to the eagles. You’ll find yourself surrounded by the snow-covered mountains of the North Cascades, as well as the moss & lichen covered trees. The incessant glacial meltwater of our life sustaining rivers will serenade you all along. A visit to the Skagit Bald Eagle Interpretive Center and/or a salmon hatchery may be included, depending on the day of the week.
As the salmon carcass supply dwindles in the rivers, bald eagles begin spending more time in Skagit and Samish farmlands, as do we to maximize the eagle viewing and photo opportunities.
During the Skagit Eagles Winter Eco Tour, Stephanie will talk about the life cycle of salmon, the different species, and their importance in sustaining not only the bald eagles, but also bears, orcas, the PNW fisheries and ways of life. Additionally, you’ll understand the role our magnificent temperate rainforest plays in sheltering the entire river watershed systems on which their wildlife, and humans, depend upon. A walk through an old growth forest may be included (time and interest dependent).
Warm clothing, gloves, hats, footwear, and rain gear are highly recommended during our wet and crisp winter days.
RIVER FLOAT OPTION
A serene (but chilly) 3-hr float down the river is available weekends only for an additional fee. Please inquire for availability and cost.
Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity
Very Small group size: 1-5 Adventurers
Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.
“This was quick trip for holiday flew from east coast.wow saw 27 species in one day and saw 160 bald eagles one morning! Stephanie is best guide I ever had.what a wonderful 2 days I had,,highly recomended.” Jung, South Korea