The month of January is the Skagit Eagle Festival. Each weekend is filled with lectures, workshops, and other opportunities to learn about bald eagles. There are two more weekends left in the month, with many opportunitites to participate in the festival events.
The festival information center is located in Concrete at the Visitor's Center. They are available to answer questions, and direct visitors to events in the valley. They have maps of the area, information about the events, and where the eagles have been seen. Their hours are 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Other events happening both Saturday and Sunday are Eagle Viewing River float trips by Skagit River Guide Services, the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, the Eagle Watchers Station with the US Forest Service, Marblemount Fish Hatchery Tours, and Float Trips & Wine Tasting hosted by Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars.
Saturday only events are Keeping It Clean: Hydro Power, Salmon & the Environment put on by Puget Sound Energy. This is a Free event, which includes a tour, free coffee and snacks. It will run 9 am to 1 pm. There will be a Hay Ride from 11 am to 12 pm, at the Ovenell’s Heritage Inn & Double O Ranch. Visitors will go through 250 acres, which has many different types of wildlife.
Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars will be sponsoring a 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk. The entry fee is $15, and starts at noon. At the finish line, runners/walkers will receive a bottle of wine for participating.
In the city of Concrete, there are several events occuring. The Historic Concrete Theater ishosting a photography workshop on Photographing Eagles and Wildlife. This Free event is from 12 pm to 1 pm, and will discuss photographing migratory birds in the Skagit Valley. The speaker is Karen Ulvestad. At 2 pm, the theatre is showing the documentary film A Fish Story. This is a Free event.
Jeff and Freedom (Bald Eagle) from Savey's Wildlife Center are giving a presentation at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The event is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, and is Free. The Concrete Heritage Museum is hosting an Open House at 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission to this event is Free.
The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center is having a speaker. Cindy Bjorklund is speaking on Eagles and art of the Skagit. Her presentation starts at 1 pm.
The Sunday only event is the film Land of the Lost Wolves. It will be shown at the Historic Concrete Theatre at 1 pm. Admission is Free.
For more information about this weekends events, visit Skagit Eagle Festival.
Current balk eagle counts for the area from Sedro Woolley to Newhalem is 121. For a breakdown of the eagle counts in the Skagit Valley, visit Skagit Eagle Watchers blog.