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Be an Eagle Watcher!

November 14th, 2012 | Posted by in Naturalist Notes

What is the Eagle Watcher Volunteer Stewardship Program?

Thanks to abundant runs of wild salmon, the Skagit River Watershed boasts one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. In their wake come thousands of people vying for views of the majestic birds roosting in riverside trees or eating fish along gravel bars. Bald eagle viewing continues to rise each year as media coverage increases and more people move to the Puget Sound region.

Since 1992, the Eagle Watchers program has played a vital role in protecting this species by managing the attention they attract. Eagle Watchers share common bonds – love for eagles, salmon and the Skagit River and a desire to benefit both wildlife and people.

On weekends starting in late December and continuing through the end of February, Chinese Teapots Wholesale Chinese Teapots Amber Spiral Bracelets
trained volunteers will be stationed at a number of convenient locations along the Skagit River to answer questions and help visitors learn more about eagles, salmon and the Skagit watershed. Eagle Watcher Volunteers will also have binoculars and spotting scopes available for visitor use

The Skagit River in winter, crowded with bald eagles. How many do you see? Photo by Christian Martin.


Interested in Volunteering for the 2012-2013 season?

The Forest Service will be recruiting approximately 40 adult volunteers this season. Prospective volunteers should be available for trainings on December 1 and 15. (Returning volunteers attend on the 15th only.) The program runs for 6 weekends (December 22-January 27), during which time volunteers are expected to sign up for 3 shifts on the river.

If you enjoy talking to people, birding, and spending time outdoors in winter weather, this opportunity is for you.

Please send your application to the Mt Baker Ranger District by November 19, 2012. For more information call the Mt Baker Ranger District at (360) 856-5700 or visit the Eagle Watcher Blog at

Jeff Geisen on Cascades River

Kulshan kids wing it

February 3rd, 2010 | Posted by in Institute News

What do Bald Eagles mean to you?

This was a question a group of 10 high school students from the International District Housing Alliance’s (IDHA) Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development program (WILD), and 30 students of almost all grades from Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Program, discovered over the weekend. The North Cascades Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, assisted the groups to help find some answers. The day of discovery began with a discussion of Bald Eagle biology ranging in topics from migration and diet, to anatomy and reproduction. The wonderful examples of Bald Eagle skulls, talons and eggs added to the excitement.

Bald Eagle roosting(Title) IDHA group discussing salmon (Above) A Bald Eagle roosting

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Snowshoeing Winter ELC

We’ll show you our classroom, if you show us yours!

January 26th, 2009 | Posted by in Life at the Learning Center

Following our winter break, the North Cascades Institute graduate students were stuck downriver by mudslides, avalanches and washouts. When the roads were cleared, we had one day to prepare for a weekend retreat with 40 apprentices, instructors and graduate students from two leading environmental educations centers in Western Washington.We shoveled walkways, cooked food, cleared trails and prepared the lodges at the Environmental Learning Center for their much anticipated arrival.


An introduction icebreaker….literally


It turned out to be a fabulous way for us to bring in the New Year with a housewarming party of 40 plus nature-loving educators!!!  

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