The farmlands and wetlands, estuaries and marine waters, prairies and forests of the Skagit Valley provide the wintertime habitat needs for hundreds of bird species, including trumpeter swans, snow geese, bald eagles and peregrine falcons, among countless others. Explore, observe and experience the variety and abundance of bird life that make the Skagit Valley a treasured birding destination; and savor many of the products which originate on family farms across this fertile valley.
One of Washington’s most spectacular events is the arrival of migrating birds to the Skagit Valley. The rich farmlands provide these birds with feeding grounds as they build up the energy required for the long return flight in the spring.
A wide variety of talks and classes for birders of any level are scheduled throughout the winter in Skagit Valley. Learn about swans with Martha Jordan, raptors with Sue Cottrell or migratory birds with Libby Mills.
Enjoy the scenic view and eagles on Skagit River float trips, have a local guide show you the best spots to find your favorite birds or spend the afternoon getting tips from a professional bird photographer.
This cluster covers the Central Samish Valley watershed and Butler Hill area. It includes several recently restored wetlands along Thomas Creek and the Samish River which are frequented by swans, eagles, falcons, ducks and herons in winter.
This area stretches from the wetlands east of Sedro-Woolley to the interpretive trails around Newhalem. The main attraction during the winter months are the Bald eagles, which gather in high numbers along the Skagit River from December to February
Fidalgo Island is part of the Great Washington Birding Trail, and for good reason. The island has a rich array of fresh and salt water, and easily accessible woodlands. The rocky beaches, tideflats and marshes provide both novice and advanced
Many raptors, waterfowl, and passerines. Good area for Snowy Owls (some years), Short-eared Owls, Peregrines, Gyrfalcons. Prairie Falcons, Merlins, and Kestrels are also present making this a target area for finding 5 falcon species. Red-tailed -Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers,
The winter home of over 50,000 Snow geese and countless dabbling ducks, the Skagit River Delta has been identified as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. This area hosts the largest number of bird species found in
Draining fields and hills to east of Mount Vernon into the Skagit River, the Nookachamps Basin connects Big Lake, Clear Lake and the seasonal Barney Lake, the location where Trumpeter Swans were first identified wintering in the valley. The tall