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March 2018

Skagit Audubon March Meeting: Four Seasons of the Malheur

March 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 United States
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Don Jonasson will make a special special multimedia presentation on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a major rest and refuel place in the most northern end of the Great Basin and a central part of the Pacific Flyway. Especially in the spring migration, runoff from surrounding mountains fills the many lakes and ponds and farmers purposefully flood fields to saturate the ground, attracting huge numbers of migrating birds, especially waterfowl.  

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December 2018

Swans of the Skagit

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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$8

The majestic beauty of fields filled with white swans, both native trumpeter and tundra, are virtually at Christianson’s doorstep in December, January, and February. At this highly informational presentation from wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, Martha Jordan, you will learn about these amazing birds - the largest waterfowl in the world - and discover the best places to view them in Skagit Valley. Register for class at the Garden Store 360-466-3821 Read more about…

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Snow Geese of the Skagit

December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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$8

Vast numbers of snow geese migrate to Skagit Valley farmlands from Wrangel Island, Russia. Come learn more about their fascinating life history and current challenges with wildlife biologist Martha Jordan, Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association. Space is limit so register for this class today at the Garden Store 360-466-3821. Read more about the Snow Geese here: Snow Geese of the Pacific Flyway.

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41st Padilla Bay Christmas Bird Count

December 29, 2018

National Audubon's Christmas Bird Count is the nation's longest-running citizen science bird project. Over a century's worth of data has been collected since the project began, and now its as much of a tradition for many friends and families as it is a massive scientific project. Data from the Christmas Bird Count has been used in countless important research discoveries, including National Audubon's landmark Birds and Climate Change study. The Skagit Audubon organizes the Padilla Bay Christmas Bird count each year, and it is…

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January 2019

How to Choose a Field Guide with Stephanie Fernandez

January 16 @ 6:00 pm
Watermark Book Co, 612 Commercial Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221
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In celebration of Birds of Winter: A Skagit Valley Experience, Stephanie Fernandez (naturalist guide and owner of Skagit Guided Adventures) will provide insights into "Choosing a Birding Field Guide" as well as binoculars, where to bird watch, and how to learn more about birds. The talk is hosted by Watermark Book Co, which offers a variety of books on birds and the natural history of the Puget Sound region.

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February 2019

Birds of the Skagit Photography Workshop with Tim Boyer

February 9
$350

The Skagit and Samish Flats have been a birding hotspot for years, birds of prey spend the winter here, and the overall density of raptors, geese, ducks, swans, and owls make this a cool place to photograph birds. Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, and Short-eared Owls are the target birds for this one-day Photography Workshop. "We'll concentrate on birds-in-flight, single birds, and flocks of birds. We travel from Stanwood to Fir Island and the…

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Birds of Winter Swanrise

February 16 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am

A Valentine’s Celebration with Skagit Land Trust! Did you know that swans are monogamous and often mate for life? Come celebrate these lovebirds with Skagit Land Trust as we venture close to their overnight haven at Barney Lake, and watch as they fly off into the sunrise. In order to catch the fly-over, we are meeting at 6:45 am (early bird gets the worm). Many other birds winter at Barney Lake and bald eagles nest along the shore, so be…

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Birds of the Skagit Photography Workshop with Tim Boyer

February 23
$350

The Skagit and Samish Flats have been a birding hotspot for years, birds of prey spend the winter here, and the overall density of raptors, geese, ducks, swans, and owls make this a cool place to photograph birds. Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, and Short-eared Owls are the target birds for this one-day Photography Workshop. "We'll concentrate on birds-in-flight, single birds, and flocks of birds. We travel from Stanwood to Fir Island and the…

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Samish Flower Farm Work Party & Bird Walk

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

In the early 1900’s, the 38-acre property now known as the Samish Flower Farm, was the first place that tulips were grown for production in Skagit County. Now, mature fir and cedar trees hosting eagles and herons have replaced the tulips. This large forested property, which borders Roney and Samish Island Roads and Padilla Bay, contains some of the Island’s oldest trees. Some trees are over 130 years old. Generations of Islanders and visitors have traveled through the stunning green…

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March 2019

Birds of the Skagit Photography Workshop with Tim Boyer

March 2
$350

The Skagit and Samish Flats have been a birding hotspot for years, birds of prey spend the winter here, and the overall density of raptors, geese, ducks, swans, and owls make this a cool place to photograph birds. Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, and Short-eared Owls are the target birds for this one-day Photography Workshop. "We'll concentrate on birds-in-flight, single birds, and flocks of birds. We travel from Stanwood to Fir Island and the…

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