Be an Eagle Watcher!

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, 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

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