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Eagle Watching Field Trips
December 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
One event on December 29, 2018 at 9:00am
NEW– Eagle-Watching Field Trips
Sunday, December 9 and
Saturday, December 29 at 9 AM
Each trip is limited to 15 participants.
Contact Chris at 336-207-7505 or email@example.com, for more information and to register.
Come late fall, migrating eagles arrive to join our resident birds for the annual spawning salmon runs in coastal Washington rivers and creeks. In one of the largest eagle migrations in the lower 48 states, these impressive birds congregate in large numbers to feast on dead and dying salmon. Rivers like the Nooksack and Skagit are prime sites, offering spawning salmon the habitat needed to deposit their eggs, and nurturing havens for the next generation. For the bald eagle, whose Latin name, Halieeatus leucocephalis, literally means “sea eagle with a white head”, the salmon are both an easy and nutritious meal. Eagles can best be viewed in morning hours, feeding on the spent salmon from the river or on those washed up on gravel bars. Once the eagles have had their fill they are often seen perched in nearby trees. At night, the riparian forest provides a roosting site.
Our eagle-watching trips will take you to key sites along the Nooksack River. The trips are organized by Chris Brewer (an NCAS Board member and volunteer interpreter for the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center) and are co-led with two long-time volunteer USFS Eagle-Watchers- Veterinarian Dorrie Jordan and Skagit Valley Community College ecology professor Steve Glenn.