skagit valley geese and swans eco tour - geese and mount baker


November – March      9:30 am – 12:30 pm*, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
$80 Adult, $40 Child (10 & under)

*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.

Activity level: easy

The Skagit Valley Geese & Swans Eco Tour takes you in search of the thousands of snow geese & smaller flocks of tundra and trumpeter swans that overwinter in the farm fields, bays and lakes of Skagit Valley.  Be prepared to listen to the cackling cacophony produced by the highly gregarious geese and the unmistakable honking of the swans.

You’ll learn about:

  • identification of geese, trumpeter and tundra swans
  • migration and why they overwinter here
  • reproduction and raising their young
  • diets
  • population status
  • environmental and anthropogenic threats
  • research and conservation efforts
  • impacts on farmland

We’ll be on the lookout for bald eagles (and their nests), hawks, ducks and herons as well.

Stunning backdrops of farm fields, historical barns, clouds, the North Cascades foothills and Mount Baker will frame your photos!  And for the last two weeks in March, bright yellow daffodil fields will “Color Your Spirit!”

Don’t let our (often-times) crisp and wet winter days deter your enthusiasm for joining this Adventure…  Much of the birding can be done from the car to keep you warm.  Nonetheless, warm clothing (including underlayers, gloves and hat) and rain gear are highly recommended.

Loaner binoculars are always available if you don’t have your own or want to try different ones.

Interested in looking for more birds?  Opt for the 7-hr Skagit Birding Eco tour, which includes the time looking for geese and swans, lunch time, and a few more hours looking for seabirds, sea ducks, shorebirds, raptors, owls and waterfowl that overwinter in Skagit & Padilla Bays, Fidalgo Island and the Salish Sea.

Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity

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.

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30 years safely guiding Adventures for thousands of happy Adventurers!

This Adventure is professionally lead by Naturalist-Guide (and owner) Stephanie.  She has guided all sorts of fun and educational land and water-based Adventures, throughout the US, Mexico and Canada, for the past 30 years.  She shares her passion for nature on every Adventure, as well as her knowledge of the natural & cultural history, marine & terrestrial habitats, flora & fauna, and ways of life of NW Washington.  Read more about her.

Got questions?   (360) 47 47 47 9

skagit valley geese & swans eco tour - swans

Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car?  Easy. Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup.  Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.

This Skagit Valley Geese & Swans Eco Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.  We cater to everyone’s interest and level of birding, from the beginner birder to the life-list birder.  We provide binoculars.

Stay longer for a multi-day Adventure to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Add the Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour, San Juan Orcas Island Day Tour and/or Day Hiking in the North Cascades to this Adventure. Check out the rest of our Guided Adventures.

Enjoy a cozy night’s stay at our partner Bed & Breakfasts Wild Iris Inn and Katie’s Inn in beautiful La Conner. We’ll gladly recommend more accommodations in our home town of Anacortes.


“I truly loved the Skagit Valley Geese & Swans Eco Tour with Stephanie. I learned a lot from her, not only about geese and swans but about many other local birds as well. We went to a few locations and were very excited to see a blizzard of snow geese! The trumpeter swans flew right by us and we passed many bald eagles in the trees along the way. It was great that she had binoculars for me to use and even had gloves for warmth since it was cold out. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and the best birding tour I’ve ever experienced.”  Lely, Washington

“Truly a magical day. Stephanie went out of her way to find birds for my tour. She’d done lots of advance planning for the best chances of spotting elusive birds. I could not have asked for a better day.” Jennifer, Washington

“We went looking for snow geese and swans that migrate to the Skagit Valley in winter. Steph really delivered – we saw several fields of trumpeter swans and snow geese and even a couple of cackling geese. We also saw lots of bald eagles including an active nest. Very helpful and accommodating person.” RK B, California