Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January. Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday; other events are one-time only, offered on a Saturday and/or Sunday during specific weekends.

2019 Activities & Events
Information Station: Skagit Eagle Festival
Concrete Chamber Office – 45770A Main Street, Concrete (next door to the Library)
Every Saturday in January 2019:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
concretechamber@gmail.com
(360) 853-8784

Drop-in Arts & Crafts
Upper Skagit Library – 45770B Main Street, Concrete
Every Saturday in January 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Families with young children are invited to learn about eagles and other wildlife through stories, songs, and a simple craft. 
www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
(360) 853-7939

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center
Howard Miller Steelhead Park – 52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport
Every Saturday & Sunday in January:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn about eagles, watershed issues, and local, natural and cultural history.
srbeatic@frontier.com
www.skagiteagle.org
(360) 853-7626

Forest Service Eagle Watcher Stations
Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Sutter Creek Rest Area (MP100), & Marblemount Fish Hatchery
Every Saturday and Sunday: More details coming soon.
Eagle Watcher volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and high-quality spotting scopes available for your use.
tkitterman@fs.fed.us
www.skagiteagle.org/viewing-sites/
(360) 854-2630

Deep Forest Experience
Rockport State Park – 51095 State Route 20, Rockport
Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, December – February.
Park hours: 8:00 a.m. – dusk
Free guided tours every hour 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This forest tour will take you deep into the 670 acres of old-growth forest of Rockport State Park at the foot of Sauk Mountain. Tours are 30-60 minutes. Or visit the park’s Discovery Center with your family for engaging activities and displays about this area and to build a craft to take home. Discover Pass required.
rockport@parks.wa.gov
www.parks.state.wa.us/574/rockport
(360) 853-8461

Skagit River Eagle Viewing & Photography Tours
Skagit River Eagle Tours
7349 Ranger Station Rd, Marblemount
Experience a premier 3-hour in their heated drift boats with high-backed cushioned seats. Reservations required.
skagitguide1@gmail.com
www.skagiteagles.com
(888) 6-SKAGIT or (888) 675-2448

WEEKEND 1
January 5, 2019  Activities 

5K Salmon Run and Nature Walk 
Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Rd, Concrete
9:30 a.m. – 5K Registration – download your registration form early here
10:00 a.m. – 5K Timed Run
Walk anytime between 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – Prizes awarded for first male, female and youth (under 18)
Unique 5K trail run that takes you through a beautiful ranch and along the Skagit River.
Entry fee of $20 includes a knit fleece-lined hat or neck gaiter, healthy snacks, bonfire and cocoa.
Not a runner? Join in a free family-friendly nature walk to look for eagles, osprey, deer, elk, and beaver.
Please remember trail etiquette and stay to the right allowing others to pass.
Also, pets must remain in your vehicle and are not allowed on the trails.
Co-Sponsored by Concrete Chamber of Commerce, Ovenell’s Heritage Inn, and Community Bible Church of Concrete.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail!!

(360) 853-8494 or (360) 466-8754

Wildlife Hayrides & Campfire
Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. See eagles, deer, elk, and more. Learn about our conservation projects, selective timber harvesting, and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather! Please check our website for activity updates. Free.
breakfast@ovenells-inn.com,
www.ovenells-inn.com
(360) 853-8494

WEEKEND 2
January 12 & 13, 2019  Activities  (please note that these activities are scheduled for both Saturday AND Sunday)

Native American History, Storytelling & More
Marblemount Community Hall – 60055 State Route 20, Marblemount
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open for Artisan and Crafter sales
Indian Tacos and Fry Bread available for sale 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Native history, storytelling, and music.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sasa Bellah, Totem & plaque carver / storyteller / Chaha’O Puppet Theater Debut Premiere!
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Rosie Cayou Drumming & History, Sammish Indian Nation
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. JP Falcon Grady Rock & Reggae, Blackfeet Nation
or Peter Ali – Flute From the Heart
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Swil’kanim – Native Violinist, Lummi Nation
Coordinator: Kathy Hunter – (360) 770-3173
Marblemount Community Hall – (360) 873-2323

WEEKEND 3
January 19 & 20, 2019 Activities

Raptor Show with Falconer and Raptor Expert Craig Morgan
Glacier Peak Resort and Winery – 58439 State Route 20, Rockport, WA
Jan 19: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Jan 20: 10:30 a.m.
Basic topics include raptors in the wild and captivity, predator/prey relationships, differences between species, raptor biology, status of raptors in today’s world, also falconry today and yesterday. There is always time for pictures and questions.
Limited Seating – Reserve Today! 360.873.2250
www.glacierpeakresort.com
http://raptorlife.org/

Wildlife Hayride & Campfire 
Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
11:00 a.m.
An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. See eagles, deer, elk, and more. Learn about our conservation projects, selective timber harvesting, and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies by the fire. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather! Please check our website for activity updates. Free.
breakfast@ovenells-inn.com
www.ovenells-inn.com
(360) 853-8494

Into the Wild: A Photo Journey with Leah Serna
Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. – FREE admission
At the Historic Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street in Concrete
Enjoy beautiful photography on the big screen, with info and commentary from popular wildlife photographer Leah Serna.

Whether you’re a photographer wondering where to get that next amazing shot or you want to compare equipment details with other shutterbugs…. or you just love hearing about and seeing nature at its best, this workshop will become your favorite memory of the 2019 Skagit Eagle Festival.

Leah was born and raised in the Cascade Foothills. She says that although she grew up hiking, fishing and riding a horse, she never thought she’d be crouched in a field waiting for a short-eared owl to fly by, sitting on the river all day with the eagles, or traveling around the country to find bears and moose. “However,” she says, “here I am doing just that and I love it!”

The event is FREE. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Concessions available for purchase, including the best popcorn in Skagit Valley, with real butter and free toppings. Coffee, tea, water, candy and soda also available.

Sponsored by the SKAGIT EAGLE FESTIVAL and funded in part by a grant from Skagit County.

See Leah’s work at: www.leahsernaphotography.com or https://www.facebook.com/leah.serna.3 Questions? Contact theatre owner Valerie Stafford, (360) 466-8754 or Valerie@Concrete-Theatre.com.

WEEKEND 4
January 26, 2019 Activities

Birds of Prey Presentation
Concrete High School Gymnasium – 7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete
Shows at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Sarvey Wildlife Care Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife in Puget Sound. Their Birds of Prey Presentation will give you the chance to see 5 or more of these raptors up close!
Free admission.
concretechamber@gmail.com
(360) 853-8784

“This Beautiful Country”
A multimedia presentation featuring singer Marcia Kester, with photos and videos of local scenery and wildlife.
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Free admission
The event will feature local photography as a backdrop to Marcia’s songs about this beautiful country of ours. The theatre doors will open 30 minutes in advance (1:30 p.m.) and  concessions will be available for purchase, including the best popcorn in the Skagit Valley, with real butter and free toppings. Sit back and relax and take in the songs and scenery that make this corner of the country such a special place to live.

Read about the historic Concrete Theatre: http://www.concrete-theatre.com/concrete/About.html)
This activity is sponsored in part by a grant from Skagit County.
Concrete Theatre – 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Contact Valerie Stafford

Eagle ViewingSRBEAT

  • To see eagles up close, use a telescope, binoculars or a telephoto lens. Keep noise low and your movements slow.
  • Whenever possible, stay in your car and use it as a blind from which to photograph the eagles.
  • Stay away from the river’s edge and gravel bars where eagles are feeding, especially between 5 and 11 a.m.
  • Most of the river frontage is privately owned. Use public ares along the river and be courteous to local land owners. Do not walk across private property.

Driving Tips

  • Adjust speed according to traffic and weather.
  • Watch for pedestrians: people often cross the roadways during eagle watching season.
  • Carry winter emergency equipment: blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, snow shovel, additional winter clothing, and abrasive material (e.g. cat litter, sand).
  • Be aware that cell phone reception can be unreliable in eastern Skagit County.

The Skagit Eagle Festival is funded in part by Skagit County Lodging Tax Funds.

1. Choose a weekend that’s most convenient for you.
2. Check out the activities for that weekend.
3. Reserve your lodging, if you plan to spend a night or two.
4. Get ready for a great time, at your own pace!

Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday; other events are one-time only, offered on a Saturday and/or Sunday during specific weekends.

 

Please contact us with questions.

photo strip for webThe Skagit Eagle Festival is a collaboration of dozens of agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations, brought together by the Concrete Chamber of Commerce. The festival is supported in part by a grant from Skagit County, without which we would be able to bring this event to the community.

We look forward to welcoming you to Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount. For more information about the Skagit Eagle Festival, please contact the Concrete Chamber of Commerce. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Call: (360) 853-8784
Email: concretechamber@gmail.com

When you visit, please watch for festival signage at activity areas.