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Winter Migration of Bald Eagles – Skagit Eagle Festival

Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during the eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport, and Marblemount every full weekend in January. Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday; other events are one-time only, offered on a Saturday and/or Sunday during specific weekends.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport, WA offers opportunities to better understand the Skagit River ecosystem with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon, and the vital role each play in our environment. Each weekend in January experience Guided Nature Hikes along the scenic Skagit River and a Speaker Series as part of the Skagit Eagle Festival.

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2020 Activities & Events

Information Station: Skagit Eagle Festival
Concrete Chamber Office – 45770A Main Street, Concrete (next door to the Library)
Every Saturday in January 2020: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(360) 853-8784

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center
Howard Miller Steelhead Park – 52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport
Every Saturday & Sunday in January: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn about eagles, watershed issues, and local, natural and cultural history.
(360) 853-7626

Forest Service Eagle Watcher Stations
Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Sutter Creek Rest Area (MP100), & Marblemount Fish Hatchery
Every Saturday and Sunday
Eagle Watcher volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon, and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and high-quality spotting scopes available for your use.
(360) 854-2630

Deep Forest Experience
Rockport State Park – 51095 State Route 20, Rockport
Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, December – February.
Park hours: 8:00 a.m. – dusk
Free guided tours every hour 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This forest tour will take you deep into the 670 acres of an old-growth forest of Rockport State Park at the foot of Sauk Mountain. Tours are 30-60 minutes. Or visit the park’s Discovery Center with your family for engaging activities and displays about this area and to build a craft to take home. Discover Pass required.
(360) 853-8461

Skagit River Eagle Viewing & Photography Tours
Skagit River Eagle Tours
7349 Ranger Station Rd, Marblemount
Experience a premier 3-hour in their heated drift boats with high-backed cushioned seats. Reservations required.
(888) 6-SKAGIT or (888) 675-2448

January 11 & 12, 2020 Activities

Native American History, Storytelling & More
Marblemount Community Hall – 60055 State Route 20, Marblemount

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open for Artisan and Craft sales
Indian Tacos and Fry Bread available for sale 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (maybe later)
Native history, storytelling, and music.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lisa Temcov — Singer/songwriter performing country ballads. Classics to contemporary accompanied by acoustic guitar.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Andy Koch — Peregrine Puppet Theatre featuring Bonzo the Clown
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dave Donahue — Locally-rooted composer performing stories in song.
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cindy Minkler — Singer and musician of piano, cedar flute and hand drum. (Saturday ONLY)
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. JP Falcon Grady — Singer/songwriter, Rock & Reggae, Blackfeet Nation
Coordinators: Merlene Buller & Connie Clark Anderson
Marblemount Community Hall – (360) 873-2323

January 18 & 19, 2020 Activities

Night Sky Photography with Andy Porter
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main St, Concrete
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Free admission

Andy Porter is a local photographer well-known for his images of wilderness and wildlife. One of his new interests is night sky photography. Join Andy for a lively discussion and demonstration of what can happen when you stay up late! Held at the Concrete Theatre, you’ll be able to view his images on the silver screen and get all the details about how he captured these photos. Even if you’re only a casual photographer or not a photo buff at all, you’ll be awestruck by what you see.

Andy says, “Photography for me has always been bound with outdoor adventure. I never had an interest in taking pictures until I started to go backpacking. Then it seemed like a necessity, you know, the packing list was: backpack, tent, camera, sleeping bag, stove, food…it never occurred to me that you could go out on a trip with a way to capture the images. Of course, taking pictures, good ones, is harder than it looks! But once you start to get the hang of it, what a joy!”

According to Andy, capturing stunning images of the Milky Way is surprisingly easy. All you need is a decent DSLR, a wide-angle lens and few more simple tools and you’re good to go. The only real difficulty is getting the convergence of a night with no moon and no clouds.

January 25  & 26, 2020 Activities

Birds of Prey Presentation
Concrete High School Gymnasium – 7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete
Shows at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

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! (360) 853-8784

Fins, Furs & Feathers – a photography presentation with Leah Serna
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main St, Concrete
11:00 a.m. to 12:15. pm. Free admission

About Leah:
Leah Serna was born and raised in the Skagit Valley. She believes humans and wildlife can co-exist without extreme government intervention. She appreciates the roads that wouldn’t have been there without logging and the fact that there might be duck hunters in the next field over. “I’ve been known to sit in the middle of a field for hours waiting for a short-eared owl to show up, or on the river at first light, hoping to spend some time with the eagles,” Leah says. Leah and her husband, Ed, travel to Canada, Idaho, and Montana in search of grizzly bears, moose, and wolves that she can capture with her camera and share with our audience. And she spends a lot of time in our local area, enjoying the wildlife in our backyard. “I love the fact that we have so many protected forests and farmlands in the Skagit Valley,” Leah says. “I believe all things in balance is good for nature.”

Wildlife Hayride & Campfire
Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. 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.
(360) 853-8494

Eagle Viewing

To see eagles up close, use a telescope, binoculars or a telephoto lens. Keep noise low and your movements slow. Whenever possible, stay in your car and use it as a blind from which to photograph the eagles. Stay away from the river’s edge and gravel bars where eagles are feeding, especially between 5 and 11 a.m. Most of the river frontage is privately owned. Use public areas along the river and be courteous to local landowners. Do not walk across private property.

Driving Tips

Adjust speed according to traffic and weather.Watch for pedestrians: people often cross the roadways during eagle watching season.Carry winter emergency equipment: blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, snow shovel, additional winter clothing, and abrasive material (e.g. cat litter, sand).Be aware that cell phone reception can be unreliable in eastern Skagit County.

We look forward to welcoming you to Concrete, Rockport, and Marblemount. For more information about the Skagit Eagle Festival, please contact the Concrete Chamber of Commerce. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Call: (360) 853-8784

When you visit, please watch for festival signage at activity areas.