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,
A good place to see Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, as well as raptors, Western Meadowlarks. Jensen Access – geese, shorebirds, sea ducks, eagles, Snowy Owls. North Fork Access – Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers. Skagit Bay- Skagit Wildlife
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