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Skagit Eagle Festival 2017

The Skagit Eagle Festival 2017 is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in Skagit County.  Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January.  Birding Skagit opportunities also available all over Skagit Valley.

The Skagit Eagle Festival 2017 features a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you’ll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about a variety of wildlife and the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they live or return each year.

Special presentations will teach you about a year in the life of an eagle, how to photograph wildlife and scenery, and much more. You and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy arts & crafts, wine tasting, river rafting, music, dance and a wide variety of other outdoor and indoor activities. Bring your camera, dress for unpredictable winter weather, and come join us for one of the most uplifting and entertaining events of the year!

Start Your Eagle Festival 2017 at the Information Station

Saturdays & Sundays
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Concrete Center
45821 Railroad Street, Concrete
(360) 853-8784

• Arts & Crafts
• Gift Basket Raffle
• Festival Souvenirs
• Maps, Schedules, Directions
• Free Popcorn, Coffee & Restrooms

Deep Forest Tours and Discovery Center

Every Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Tour Begins: 11, 12, 1 and 2
Rockport State Park
51095 State Route 20, Rockport – (360) 853-8461

This forest tour during the Skagit Eagle Festival 2017 will take you deep into the 670 acres of old-growth forest of Rockport State Park at the foot of Sauk Mountain. Tours are 30-60 minutes. Let kids explore in the Discovery Center with crafts and interactive wildlife displays, books, and games while you warm up by the fire and enjoy popcorn and a beverage. Discover Pass or $10 Day Use fee is required to access the park. Tour & Discovery Center is free.

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

Every Saturday/Sunday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Howard Miller Steelhead Park
52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport – (360) 853-7626

Learn about eagles, watershed issues, and local natural and cultural history through guided naturalist hikes, presentations, and the Nature Store. Guided hikes are at 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday.  The Interpretive Center will also be open the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day.  Come visit during the Skagit Eagle Festival 2017!
Sponsored by: Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team
Free admission. Donations appreciated. 20th Anniversary Celebration 2017 with the 20-20 Photo Contest.

Skagit Eagle Festival 2017 Watcher Stations

Every Saturday/Sunday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – (360) 854-2617
Eagle Watcher volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon, and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and spotting scopes available for your use. Viewing stations are at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport, Sutter Creek at Milepost 100, and Marblemount Fish Hatchery. Marblemount Fish Hatchery is also offering self-guided tours. Free.


Offered by Skagit River Guide Service
7 days a week from mid November till the last week of January
9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Howard Miller Steelhead Park
52921 Rockport Park Road, Rockport
Experience a premier 3-hour tour in our heated drift boats with high-backed cushioned seats.
Photography or scenic trips available. $75 per person, children 5 and under $55.
Reservations required.
(888) 675-2448


Every Saturday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Upper Skagit Library
45770B Main Street, Concrete
Drop by the Upper Skagit Library and do an eagle-themed craft. For kids of all ages. Free.
(360) 853-7939


Ovenell’s Heritage Inn & Double O Ranch
Saturdays – 3:00 p.m.
Double O Ranch – (360) 853-8494
46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project during the Skagit Eagle Festival 2017. See eagles, deer, elk, and more. Learn about our conservation projects, selective timber harvesting, and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather! Please check our website for activity updates. Free.


5b’s Bakery
45597 Main Street, Concrete
Come in out of the cold and enjoy Kitchen Sync and Not Bad for Neighbors as they perform for a special Sunday brunch menu. Coloring & learning activities for all. Local artwork will be on display. Hint: it will sound even better with one of 5b’s amazing cinnamon rolls!
Free admission.
(360) 853-8700

SALMON RUN AND NATURE WALK – Skagit Eagle Festival 2017

Saturday, January 7 2017
9 a.m. Salmon Run Registration
10 a.m. Salmon Run
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Nature Walk
Ovenell’s Ranch, 46276 Concrete- Sauk Valley Rd., Concrete •
Unique 5K trail run that takes you through a beautiful ranch and along the Skagit River.
Entry fee of $20 includes a knit fleece-lined hat, healthy snacks, bonfire and cocoa.
Payment can be made through Brown Paper Tickets or on the day of the event.
Not a runner? Join in a free family-friendly nature walk to look for eagles, osprey, deer, elk, and beaver.
(360) 853-8784 • (360) 466-8754


Concrete Theatre – Saturday January 7, 2017
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Instructor Karen Ulvestad
Free admission; concessions for sale.
(360) 466-8754

Workshop Description – Birds are present in our everyday lives, and this is a tribute to them. We look to our cameras to document their behavior or simply their beauty. We will discuss the variety of birds in the Pacific Northwest, and photography tips for capturing the best images possible. Each season brings different species of birds into our yards, neighborhoods, forests and wildlife refuges. Birds migrate through our area along the Pacific Flyway, and we get opportunities to experience their diversity. Wintering birds give us opportunities to visit, observe, and photograph these magnificent creatures. Slide presentation with plenty of time for question and answers.

Bio – Karen Ulvestad is breaking into the International photography scene with stock images published in Europe and Asia. Her work is collected by clients in the US. She teaches and speaks at various birding festivals, prominent art schools, and runs independent workshops. Her work is represented by Photographers Direct (Europe), and Alamy stock agencies. Her resume includes clients in commercial real estate, product, and business head shots.


Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Marblemount Community Hall
60055 State Route 20, Marblemount
Native history, storytelling, music,
local native arts & crafts vendors,
and fry bread tacos all day.
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
Coordinator: Rosie Cayou James – (360) 391-8888


Saturday, January 7, 2017
Raptor Presentations 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Concrete High School Gymnasium
7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Puget Sound. Their Birds of Prey presentation will give you the chance to see 5 or more of these raptors up close. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious salmon lunch available for purchase by the Concrete Senior Class.
Free admission; salmon lunch available for purchase.
(360) 853-8784


Saturday, January 21, 2017
Concrete Theatre
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Photographer Andy Porter ( will discuss subject placement, the Rule of Thirds, use of leading lines, framing, reflections and much more.
Free admission.
(360) 466-8754


Saturday, January 21, 2017
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete
Toe-tapping bluegrass and smile-provoking banter with the Prozac Mt Boys, all in the comfort of the historic Concrete Theatre (built in 1923).
Tickets: $5 in advance; $6 at the door
Available through Brown Paper Tickets
Call Valerie Stafford: (360) 466-8754