Welcome to an Eagle Learning Experience
The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center will again offer educational school age programs thanks to a $5,000 contribution from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The programs are offered in January and December on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Bald Eagle Interpretive Center focuses on habitat conservation, stewardship, and restoration in the spirit of celebration, education, and cooperation. We offer opportunities to better understand the wildlife of the Skagit watershed, in particular the eagles and salmon and their vital role in this ecosystem.
The Bald Eagles Are Coming!
The Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team will be opening to the general public its Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center (IC) on Saturday, December 7, 2013. For six years now, the IC has been housed in the transformed Park Ranger residence at Howard Miller Steelhead County Park each weekend and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day during the traditional Bald Eagle visiting season which extends through January 26, 2014. The IC offers watershed stewardship education and general information for Eastern Skagit County bald eagle watchers and all winter visitors.
The IC facility has continued to offer services and programs in a combined effort with Skagit County Parks, Skagit County Hotel/Motel Tax, Port of Skagit County, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Energy, Cascadian Farm, Equilon Enterprises LLC, Columbia Bank and the Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team for the past six years, but has been facing huge funding problems. This season the IC will be asking for small donations at the door in hopes of keeping the facility open into the future. The IC has over 3, 000 visitors each season from December through January.
The IC will have most the activities as it has had over recent years, (except school group presentations on Fridays have been cancelled, due to lack of funding) guest speakers on most Saturday's; nature walks; "area" watershed and IC souvenirs; eagle viewing information and equipment; educational displays; trained staff; and a welcome, warm place out of the weather to just stop and relax.