The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center opened this past Friday, Dec. 2, and focuses on habitat conservation, stewardship, and restoration in the spirit of celebration, education, and cooperation.
The center at the Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday through Jan. 29 for public and private school educational programs.
The center also hosts guest speakers during specific times, and on Sundays there are Eagle information and guided walks along the Skagit River through the Howard Miller Steelhead Park.
The goal of the center is to offer opportunities to better understand the wildlife of the Skagit watershed, in particular the eagles and salmon and their vital role in this ecosystem.
This effort was in due in part to the financial support of Puget Sound Energy, General Mills Foundation and Columbia Bank.
From about December to January, hundreds of bald eagles congregate along the river to feed on carcasses of spawned salmon before heading north to their summer homes in Alaska and British Columbia.
Skagit County Parks and Recreation sponsors the center that will provide a warm place to watch Bald Eagles and to take in the great programs visitors have come to expect.
The Skagit River Interpretive Center has been the most important citizen driven accomplishment of eastern county. The Interpretive Center has provided community and natural history education for 6,000 to 10,000 visitors per year for the past 14 years.
For more information visit the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center website or call 360-853-7626.
(Photo provided by The Seattle Times archive)