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.

2020 Activities & Events

Information Station: Skagit Eagle Festival
Concrete Chamber Office – 45770A Main Street, Concrete (next door to the Library)
Every Saturday in January 2020: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
concretechamber@gmail.com
(360) 853-8784

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 4, 2020  Activities 

5K Salmon Run and Nature Walk 
Double O Ranch46276 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

 

Guided Hike
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center – 52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport (Howard Miller Steelhead Park)
11:00 a.m. Free – donations welcome
Guided Nature Hikes along the scenic Skagit River
skagiteagle.org   (360) 853.7626

“Salmon is the Name, Restoration is the Game” – a presentation with Maddie Reid
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center – 52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport (Howard Miller Steelhead Park)
1:00 p.m. Free – donations welcome
Maddie Reid is a Community Outreach Associate with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, a local non-profit regional fisheries enhancement group, dedicated to engaging the Skagit community in restoring salmon.
skagiteagle.org   (360) 853.7626

 

Wildlife Hayride & Campfire
Double O Ranch – 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete
11:00 a.m.  Free.
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.
breakfast@ovenells-inn.com,
www.ovenells-inn.com
(360) 853-8494

January 5, 2020  Activity

“A Natural History of Glaciers” – a presentation with Dr Jon Riedel
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center – 52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport (Howard Miller Steelhead Park)
1:00 p.m. Free – donations welcome
Dr. Jon Riedel is a Geologist with the North Cascades National Park.
skagiteagle.org   (360) 853.7626

WEEKEND 2

January 11 & 12, 2020 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 Craft sales
Indian Tacos and Fry Bread available for sale 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (maybe later)
Native history, storytelling, and music.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lisa Temcov — Singer/songwriter performing country ballads. Classics to contemporary accompanied by acoustic guitar.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Andy Koch — Peregrine Puppet Theatre featuring Bonzo the Clown
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dave Donahue — Locally-rooted composer performing stories in song.
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cindy Minkler — Singer and musician of piano, cedar flute and hand drum. (Saturday ONLY)
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. JP Falcon Grady — Singer/songwriter, Rock & Reggae, Blackfeet Nation
Coordinators: Merlene Buller & Connie Clark Anderson
Marblemount Community Hall – (360) 873-2323

WEEKEND 3
January 18, 2020 Activities

Night Sky Photography with Andy Porter
Concrete Theatre 45920 Main St, Concrete

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Free admission

Andy Porter is a local photographer well-known for his images of wilderness and wildlife. One of his new interests is night sky photography.
Join Andy for a lively discussion and demonstration of what can happen when you stay up late!  Held at the Concrete Theatre, you’ll be able to view his images on the silver screen and get all the details about how he captured these photos. Even if you’re only a casual photographer, or
not a photo buff at all, you’ll be awestruck by what you see.

Andy says, “Photography for me has always been bound with outdoor adventure. I never had an interest in taking pictures until I started to go backpacking. Then it seemed like a necessity, you know, the packing list was: backpack, tent, camera, sleeping bag, stove, food…it never occurred to me that you could go out on a trip with a way to capture the images. Of course taking pictures, good ones, is harder than it looks! But once you start to get the hang of it, what a joy!”

According to Andy, capturing stunning images of the Milky Way is surprisingly easy. All you need is a decent DSLR, a wide angle lens and few more simple tools and you’re good to go. The only real difficulty is getting the convergence of a night with no moon and no clouds.

WEEKEND 4
January 25, 2020
 Activities

Birds of Prey Presentation
Concrete ELEMENTARY School Gymnasium – 7830 S. Superior Avenue, Concrete

Shows at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

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!


concretechamber@gmail.com (360) 853-8784

 

Fins, Furs & Feathers – a photography presentation with Leah Serna
Concrete Theatre 45920 Main St, Concrete
11:00 a.m. to 12:15. pm. Free admission
About Leah:
Leah Serna was born and raised in the Skagit Valley. She believes humans and wildlife can co-exist without extreme government intervention. She appreciates the roads that wouldn’t have been there without logging, and the fact that there might be duck hunters in the next field over.
“I’ve been known to sit in the middle of a field for hours waiting for a short-eared owl to show up, or on the river at first light, hoping to spend some time with the eagles,” Leah says.
Leah and her husband, Ed, travel to Canada, Idaho and Montana in search of grizzly bears, moose and wolves that she can capture with her camera and share with our audience. And she spends a lot of time in our local area, enjoying the wildlife in our backyard.
“I love the fact that we have so many protected forests and farmlands in the Skagit Valley,” Leah says. “I believe all things in balance is good for nature.”
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

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.