“I have worked twenty-four winters on the upper Skagit River, studying the eagles and salmon, the river and forest and all their interactions,” field biologist Libby Mills explains. “This is something everyone in the Northwest should know about to be ecologically literate.’”
Every winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to the Skagit River to feast on the Puget Sound’s richest salmon runs. Bundle up, grab your binoculars and join us in celebration and discovery!
This trip will focus on the Upper Skagit River as the abundance of chum salmon reaches its apex, and the eagle numbers are building to feed on them. We will examine the intertwined biology of salmon and eagles, their migratory patterns and the impacts they have on other flora and fauna. We’ll also learn about local conservation strategies for these keystone species.
Our class will meet in Sedro-Wooley and carpool upriver.