• [CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL PICTURE] Joe Ordonez captured this early snowfall at Rainy Lake, up on the summit of the North Cascades Highway. Snowfall in the mountains means that winter is approaching. Winter typically brings the bald eagles to the Skagit and Nooksack Rivers to feed on the late salmon runs. Photo Copyright: Joe Ordonez

Plant Walk on Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday Dec. 12th 11am – Native Plant Walk with Terri Wilde

Explore the winter plant life of the Upper Skagit. Learn the edible and medicinal properties and interesting stories of native and naturalized flora. We will share tea and and brief outdoor presentation outside the interpretive center before taking a leisurely walk to meet the winter wonderland plants by the river. The presentation will last approximately one hour. Dress for the weather.

Terri Wilde has been studying local plants and fungi for more than three decades and enjoys sharing her knowledge and humor.

December 5th Recap

Our second day of the season, December 5th, brought sunshine as well as an increasing number of bald eagles to the Skagit River. We saw seven bald eagles at the confluence of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers during our morning walk! A few were fighting over a salmon.

It’s hard to know what impact this experience might have on the life of this six-month old boy. Let’s hope that he lives to a ripe old age! And let’s work together to do all we can to ensure that the salmon runs of the Skagit River increase and prosper during his lifetime and beyond.


First walk of the 2021 season!

Our first walk of the 2021 season, December 4th,  was a bit rainy.  In spite of the rain, it was still a fun day for those who participated in our nature walks. Adults and kids alike learned about plants, bald eagles, the Skagit River and the forest.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team (SRBEAT) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the Interpretive Center.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport, WA offers opportunities to better understand the Skagit River ecosystem with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon, and the vital role each play in our environment. Each weekend in December and January we offer Guided Nature Hikes along the scenic Skagit River and a Speaker Series. Our educational programs include a K-12 & Home School Program and Community Group Tours.

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