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The Skagit River Bald Eagles

Updated on November 09, 2015

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle perched in a tree
Bald Eagle perched in a tree | Source

Taking a Skagit River Eagle Float Trip

I am fortunate to live about 2 hours away from an area of the Skagit River in Washington state where every winter large numbers of our national symbol, the bald eagle, gather. It is the wintering area for the largest number of eagles in North America and I have gone to see this amazing spectacle several times.

The birds migrate south to Washington from colder areas in Canada and Alaska. They congregate along the Skagit to spend the cold winter months in the milder climate and to enjoy the habitat and plentiful food supply of salmon found at the river. The bald eagles start arriving in November and reach their peak in December and January.

The American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was chosen as the national symbol of the United States because it is revered for its power, strength and beauty. For me there is nothing quite as thrilling as seeing a magnificent bald eagle soaring or swooping down to catch a fish in its natural habitat.

All photos by the author, Vicki Green - PNW Travels, unless credited otherwise.

Being only about 2 hours from Seattle, WA, the Skagit River is also one of the most accessible places to view large numbers of bald eagles. Washington State Highway 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, runs near the river for many miles, so it is possible to see many eagles from the turnouts and parking areas along the highway, but the best way to see the eagles is to take a float trip in a raft down the river.

On this page I'm sharing what I've learned about why the eagles come to the Skagit River each winter, the story of how the bald eagle became endangered and what was done to help them recover. Join me as I celebrate the return of the eagles at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Festival in January and see what it is like to see the eagles while floating down the Skagit River in a raft.


Where Can You See Bald Eagles in Winter?

The Skagit River is located about 2 hours north of Seattle, Washington. Although bald eagles congregate along many miles of the river, the most accessible area to see them is in the Bald Eagles Natural Area, a 10 mile stretch of protected eagle habitat along the river between Marblemount and Rockport, Washington. There are several viewing spots from the riverbank at parks and turnouts along the North Cascades Highway which is also known as highway 20. Some of the best places to view eagles along Highway 20, are at Mileposts 98, 100 and 101. An especially popular place to stop is Milepost 100, the Sutter Creek rest area, which has ample parking and an excellent viewpoint. Or, to see even more bald eagles, you can take a float trip down the river.

A Map of the Skagit River Bald Eagle Natural Area

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A markerOur Trip Started Here -
Marblemount, WA
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Skagit River float trips start at Marblemount,WA

B markerOur Trip Ended Herre -
Rockport, WA
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The Skagit River Float trips end at Rockport, WA

Why do bald eagles come to the Skagit River?

Bald Eagle in Flight
Bald Eagle in Flight | Source

Where do the Skagit River eagles come from each winter?

The bald eagles begin arriving on the Skagit River in November and their numbers reach a peak in December and January. They travel south from Alaska and Canada to the habitat along the river where they find a warmer climate and a plentiful food supply. The Skagit is the second largest river in the state of Washington and the river and its tributaries are home to several species of salmon. Mature salmon return to the river to spawn after spending 4 years in the Pacific Ocean. After spawning they die and their bodies wash up on the gravel bars along the river. The huge numbers of dead and dying salmon make it an "all you can eat" buffet for the eagles. Along the riverbanks are tall cottonwood, big leaf maple and western red cedar trees providing habitat where the eagles can perch and roost in between meals.

How many people have seen a wild bald eagle? - Let's take a poll

Bald Eagle in Water
Bald Eagle in Water | Source

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Saving the Bald Eagle From Extinction

In the 1960s the magnificent bald eagle was in trouble. Their numbers were dwindling from the effects of the pesticide DDT, shrinking habitat and a reduction in the numbers of fish, their primary food source.

DDT (Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethan) was a pesticide used heavily in the US and elsewhere around the world starting in the late 1940s, and was very effective at killing insects, but also had the unintended consequences of causing abnormally thin eggshells in birds. As the DDT moved up the food chain it became more and more concentrated at each level. Since birds of prey are near the top of the food chain their bodies absorbed the highest concentration of DDT and their egg shells were the most effected. To bring the eagle back from possible extinction, the fight began to ban DDT in the US in the 1960s. To protect their profits the chemical industry fought back so it wasn't until 1972 that DDT was finally banned in the US. Even after its ban almost 40 years ago, DDT still persists in the environment. The thickness of bird egg shells collected before the use of DDT have been measured and compared to the thickness of bird shells from recent years and the egg shells of many species of birds today are still 10-12% thinner than before the use of DDT.

Another important event that helped to save the bald eagle from extinction was the enactment of the Endangered Species Act in 1973. It became an important tool to stop habitat destruction and provide funding for habitat protection. Critical areas were identified and protected or purchased by the state and federal government as well as non-profit organizations. The act allowed evaluation and protection of the entire ecosystem upon which the eagle depends including large old trees for roosting and nesting and the salmon spawning streams that provide them with food.

Since 1973 over 8,000 acres along the Skagit River and thousands more acres of upland forests have been protected through the efforts of many organizations and agencies working together including the US Forest Service, US National Park Service, North Cascades Institute, Skagit Audubon Society, Wildcat Steelhead Club, The Nature Conservancy and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Through these efforts, and similar efforts across the US, the numbers of bald eagles have increased. Fortunately they have recovered from the brink of extinction and have now been removed from the endangered species list.

Fly Like an Eagle

Boating on the Skagit River

An Interpretive Sign About Rafting the Skagit River
An Interpretive Sign About Rafting the Skagit River

Follow the Rules When Rafting Through Eagle Preserve

Although I've gone up to the Skagit River during the winter and looked at the wintering bald eagles from viewing areas from the riverbank, I finally realized a long-held wish to take a float trip down the river in a raft in January 2011. I went with Chinook Expeditions, a professional river guide company that specializes in bald eagle float trips. There are several commercial river guides who offer float trips down the river and they all comply with rules established by the US Coast Guard and US Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure the safety of passengers in the rafts and to minimize any adverse impact to the eagles.


Map at Marblemount, WA

"You are Here" map at Marblemount, WA
"You are Here" map at Marblemount, WA

Rain Gear is an Essential for a Winter River Float Trip

Coleman Womens PVC/Poly Rain Suit, Light Blue, Medium
Coleman Womens PVC/Poly Rain Suit, Light Blue, Medium

A good rain suit is essential for taking a float trip down the Skagit River in the rainy weather of the Pacific Northwest in the winter.

 

What to Wear on a Winter Skagit River Float Trip

The daytime winter high temperatures in the Skagit Eagle Natural Area are usually in the 30s and low 40s and may be even colder. It is also the wettest time of the year so it is not unusual to have rain or snow. To enjoy a float trip in the winter it is important to dress properly to stay warm and dry while sitting in a raft on the river for 3 to 4 hours. The professional river guides supply life jackets as part of their service.

Donning Our Gear Before Our Trip Down the River

Rain Gear on a Skagit River Float Trip
Rain Gear on a Skagit River Float Trip
Hanes Everyday Men's Thermal Set (Long Sleeve Crew and Long Johns) - Black - Large
Hanes Everyday Men's Thermal Set (Long Sleeve Crew and Long Johns) - Black - Large

Thermal underwear is essential to keep warm while sitting on a raft in the winter.

 

Dressing in Layers to Stay Warm

Underneath the waterproof raingear, it is important to dress in layers to stay warm, starting with thermal underwear.

Fleece or Down Jacket to Keep Warm

Columbia Womens Ice Vista Parka, Intense Red, Medium
Columbia Womens Ice Vista Parka, Intense Red, Medium

The area for viewing the eagles in the winter is in the mountains, so it is important to wear a warm jacket like this Columbia parka.

 

Polar fleece or Down Jackets to Keep Warm

One layer of clothing made from polar fleece or down is recommended.

Skagit River Eagle Float Trip Rafts and Guides

Chinook Expeditions Float Trips
Chinook Expeditions Float Trips

Boarding our Raft in Marblemount, WA

After donning our rain gear and life jackets we climbed into our raft. Most of the professional outfitters use inflatable rafts that hold 6 to 8 people. The rafts are steered with oars and are not equipped with motors to allow everyone to enjoy the natural sounds of the river and reduce the possibility of disturbing the eagles. This is a photo of our guide, Andrea, in the bright yellow raft right before we boarded to float down the river. Before departing on our journey we were given several minutes of safety instruction to prevent taking what Andrea called "a swim in the river", and what to do if someone did fall in. Our launch point was just across the bridge from the town of Marblemount, WA where the Cascade River flows into the Skagit.

Don't Forget your head, hands and feet - Hats, gloves and socks

Hats, socks and gloves are important to feel warm and comfortable on a cold, wet winter day. Since I tend to feel cold easily, I like to bring along hand and foot warmers, too.

How Many Bald Eagles Will You See on a Trip Down the Skagit?

The numbers of eagles seen along the 10 mile stretch of river we floated down can vary considerably from day to day. Their numbers peak in December and then start decreasing. By the end of March all that remains are the much fewer numbers of resident bald eagles.

Fewer eagles are usually seen on sunny days because they prefer to soar high overhead on the thermals in the sun after feeding. On cold rainy days, they hunker down and seek shelter from the rain under the branches of evergreen trees, but then they can be hard to see in the dim light.

It also depends on how good your guide and the other people in your raft are at spotting the birds. It helps to have "an eagle eye". (Pardon the pun!) On any given day, there may be more than 200 birds or perhaps as few as a half dozen. Our trip down the river was on January 22nd with an uncertain weather forecast when we departed in the morning for our adventure. As we made our preparations to launch we were all guessing how many bald eagles we would see.

Make your prediction below. To see if your prediction was correct, scroll down the page to the "So How Many Bald Eagles Did We See?" section.

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Spot the Bald Eagles - A good pair of binoculars is essential

There are binoculars to fit any budget and any will help you increase your enjoyment of viewing wildlife. I recommend a water resistant or waterproof model for the rainy Pacific Northwest.

What does a Bald Eagle Call Sound Like?

If you are looking for a particular species of bird, it really helps to know what its call sounds like. If you hear one, you will know there is one nearby and it makes it easier to know where to look from the direction of the sound. In many movies where a bald eagle makes an appearance, the more ominous and majestic call of a red tail hawk is commonly dubbed in instead. So if you haven't heard it before, you may be surprised to hear what a bald eagle really sounds like.

The Sound of a Bald Eagle

A Close-up Photo of a Bald Eagle Sunbathing in a Tree - A Skagit River bald eagle dries her feathers in the sun

Eagle Drying Feathers
Eagle Drying Feathers

Distinguishing Male from Female Eagles

Since male and female bald eagles have no difference in their plumage, the usual way to determine the gender is by size. Due to the large size, our guide told us that the bald eagle in the photo above is probably a female. In most birds of prey species, including bald eagles, the females are larger than the males. The day before our trip and during the night it had rained heavily, so when the sun came out, she was fluffing her feathers and stretching out her wings to dry.

Bald Eagle Fun Facts

Wingspan: 6 to 8 feet

Weight: 10 to 14 pounds

Females are larger than males

Top Flight Speed: 30-35 mph

Average Lifespan: 15 to 20 years

Latin name means: "white-headed sea eagle"

Photos of Bald Eagles from Our Trip Down the Skagit - Some Pictures of Some of the Bald Eagles We Saw

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A Bald Eagle soaring over the Skagit RiverThe first eagle we saw sitting in a treeThe weather was continuously changing with cloudy skies that threatened rain one moment and sun the next.In this tree we spotted two bald eagles - an immature eagle with all dark brown plumage sitting at the top and a mature bald eagle lower down perched on a branch.A Bald eagle sitting in one of the many old cottonwood trees that make great perches along the Skagit River.A spot along the highway where people can park and watch the bald eagles.Another mature bald eagle sitting in an alder tree.A mature bald eagle in a western red cedar against the blue sky.Another bald eagle that was a challenge to see sitting on a branch in a moss covered big leaf maple tree.We saw several bald eagles with their wings spread out drying their feathers in the sun.
A Bald Eagle soaring over the Skagit River
A Bald Eagle soaring over the Skagit River
The first eagle we saw sitting in a tree
The first eagle we saw sitting in a tree
The weather was continuously changing with cloudy skies that threatened rain one moment and sun the next.
The weather was continuously changing with cloudy skies that threatened rain one moment and sun the next.
In this tree we spotted two bald eagles - an immature eagle with all dark brown plumage sitting at the top and a mature bald eagle lower down perched on a branch.
In this tree we spotted two bald eagles - an immature eagle with all dark brown plumage sitting at the top and a mature bald eagle lower down perched on a branch.
A Bald eagle sitting in one of the many old cottonwood trees that make great perches along the Skagit River.
A Bald eagle sitting in one of the many old cottonwood trees that make great perches along the Skagit River.
A spot along the highway where people can park and watch the bald eagles.
A spot along the highway where people can park and watch the bald eagles.
Another mature bald eagle sitting in an alder tree.
Another mature bald eagle sitting in an alder tree.
A mature bald eagle in a western red cedar against the blue sky.
A mature bald eagle in a western red cedar against the blue sky.
Another bald eagle that was a challenge to see sitting on a branch in a moss covered big leaf maple tree.
Another bald eagle that was a challenge to see sitting on a branch in a moss covered big leaf maple tree.
We saw several bald eagles with their wings spread out drying their feathers in the sun.
We saw several bald eagles with their wings spread out drying their feathers in the sun.

A View of El Dorado Peak from the Skagit River

El Dorado Peak, Washington State
El Dorado Peak, Washington State

The Scenic Beauty of the Skagit River and North Cascades

Although we were busy trying to spot eagles in the trees, there were other scenes to be enjoyed. This is one of many views we saw of beautiful El Dorado Peak (elevation 8,868') in nearby North Cascades National Park.

More Bald Eagle Trivia

Eagles don't breed until 4-5 years old

Eagles use the same nest every year

An eagle nest may weigh up to 2 tons

Bald eagles mate for life

Young eagles are dark brown

Bald eagles are 5 years old before they have a white head and tail

Pacific Northwest Float Trips

The video bellow is of an eagle float trip created by Pacific Northwest Float Trips, one of the professional guide services. This video also includes some scenes of sea lions and eagles in Puget Sound near the mouth of the Skagit, but this is not normally included as part of the eagle float trip.

Watch a Float Trip Down the Skagit

Take a Bald Eagle Float Tour Down the Skagit River

Bald Eagle float trips down the Skagit River are offered between November and the first week in March. The trip passes through a 10 mile length of river where the largest concentration of wintering Bald Eagles anywhere in the lower 48 states is found. You can expect to see beween 20 to 200 or more eagles in their natural habitat. The Bald Eagles migrate south from Canada and Alaska to find plentiful food and clean water. The Skagit River, with a large number of salmon and bordered by large maple and cottonwood trees for roosting provides the environment that suits their needs. There are numerous quality outfitters you can book with including Pacific Northwest Float Trips.

Another "You Are Here" sign as we arrive at the end of our float trip down the Skagit River at Rockport

Sign at the Skagit River - Rockport, WA
Sign at the Skagit River - Rockport, WA

So How Many Eagles Did We Spot on our Skagit River Float Trip?

This is a photo of the "You are Here" map at the end of our journey at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport, WA. Two and a half hours and 10 miles from our starting point in Marblemount. Because the river was high after several days of heavy rains, the river was running faster than normal. Since the rafts float with the speed of the river, our trip was a bit shorter than normal.

By the time we completed our trip down the river we had counted a total of 42 bald eagles - an average of 4 each mile or one every quarter of a mile.

There were probably more that we didn't spot. Just to underscore the point that how many you see depends on how good your guide and companions are at spotting the birds: we talked to the people in the raft immediately behind us and they said they only saw 8 birds! We could see their raft for nearly the entire trip, so they should have been able to see most, if not all, of the same birds that we saw.

Celebrating the Annual Return of the Bald Eagles to the Skagit River

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Festival

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Festival is a month long celebration held every January. Events include photography workshops, music, arts, crafts, eagle watching bus tours, salmon hatchery tours, cheese and wine tasting, and a pancake breakfast. Naturalists are on hand with binoculars and spotting scopes at popular viewing sites along the river and there are numerous other activities including a close-up look at eagles that are being rehabiliated.

THE 2016 SKAGIT RIVER EAGLE FESTIVAL IS A MONTH LONG CELEBRATION EVERY WEEKEND IN JANUARY

For more information about the Eagle Festival and organizations supporting the eagles, see the links below.

Have you been to the Skagit River? - Please feel free to leave a comment!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I have not, but would love to experience it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I have never been to Skagit River, but I have been fortunate enough to make a few trips to see Bald Eagles in their natural habitats. They are fabulous to watch, but a bit unexpectedly for me the first time, they were a bit scary. On tv, they look so peaceful and beautiful. In real life, they are still beautiful, but they are quite fierce. I would love to make the trip down Skagit River!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      We see eagles in Central Florida. They are such a pleasure to watch.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Thank you for sharing your trip down Skagit River - great photos! I'd love to see so many bald eagles in the wild, we have some on the Hudson River, but not that many!

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      They are incredible birds. My prediction was a little off but I think it was amazing that you saw 42, what a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing! :)

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I do love our bald eagles.

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I'd love to float down the river and see 42 bald eagles! You live in a great area of the country - thanks for the tour. Blessed.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I am returning today to leave my April Blessings on this fabulous lens! Yes, I selected animals for my April 1 neighborhood. Imagine that! LOL

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      42!? that's incredible.

      terrific eagle lens. since i've been so addicted to watching the live video stream of the decorah eagles, i've featured it on my homage to them. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I am so there! Have always wanted to take a trip to see a major congregation of eagles. I will definitely do this one day in the not too distant future. Recently saw a bald eagle and a golden eagle near here. I was thrilled to say the least! Really enjoyed your lens.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Rhode Island

      I have been watching the bald eagles in iowa since baby 1 hatched they are wonderful love this lens great work

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lovely lens for a magnificent bird. Thank you and have a nice day.

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      tq01089 5 years ago

      Such a beautiful bird - and lens :)

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      dannygator7790 5 years ago

      Excellent lens and beautiful pictures!

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      What a stunning, magnificent bird. I envy you your trip. I love birds but i'm on the wrong side of the pond to see your national bird up close in the wild!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      awesome. really an interesting read. ~blessed~

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      What an amazing experience. This lens has been blessed and added to my animal alphabet lens.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Wow, now I have a new place to go see Bald Eagles. Your trip down the Skagit River sounds like something I really want to do, as well as go to the Eagle Festival. Loved your first hand details of Eagles in your area. *Blessed*

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      They are so beautiful! How devastating it would be if they went extinct. Featuring this on my "Patriotic Lenses" lens. :)

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I've never been to the Skagit River, but do frequently get to enjoy the sight of a bald eagle flying along a stretch of the Colorado River here in the western portion of the state, or sitting in a particular dead pine that seems to be their favorite, watching the river for fish! Great lens, I really enjoyed your photos.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! I really enjoyed the videos. Never knew that bald eagles made sounds like that. Very interesting!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens, it must be wonderful to see so many bald eagles. Love the descriptions and the photos, nicely done, blessed.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      That river trip would be fun! We do have Bald Eagles in the Okanagan and once in a while we see them in the winter but usually they fly south or to the coast. Quite a few can be see on the Fraser River near Vancouver, B.C. They are a very majestic bird and I love to watch them. I really like your lens. Fun, interesting and educational. Blessings from this angel.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful page! I once had the pleasure of watching bald eagles and golden eagles fly past my office window every day. We were situated directly on a wide river where they nested and hunted, but I never knew their call. Thank you so much for the video of their call. What a lovely, surprisingly peaceful sound.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I want to see these eagles soar.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Haven't been but might visit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just saw this Bald Eagle lens on the front page of Squidoo, and am so pleased that I did. The song of the Bald Eagles is beautiful, and almost haunting to hear in the wilderness. A wonderful tribute to the majestic Bald Eagles. ~ Blessed!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I like the perspective of the river trip. I just added to your Eagle Web Cam list... John's and my good friend Steve Chase works in Shepherdstown, WV at the Fish & Wildlife's Conservation Training Center, and there is an eagle webcam that they somehow arranged with Outdoor Channel.

      I have watched the little eaglets hatch on camera, and it is so exciting! Where we are staying in Florida, there are bald eagles in the park where we walk - truly an awe-inspiring sight! *Blessed* :) Kath

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens - I've never been to Skagit River and never gotten the opportunity to see a bald eagle in the wild, though we do have golden eagles out here and they're beautiful to see. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      pyngthyngs 5 years ago

      No, however I used to live in the Pacific Northwest and miss it many times. The rainy weather is so soul cleansing.

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      eblack88 lm 5 years ago

      Loved this lens - have not been to the Skagit River, but enjoy the bald eagles in our area! Informative & helpful lens!

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Nice page, thumb up !

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I didn't know that the Latin name for Eagle meant "white-headed sea eagle". Very interesting facts here. Quite a sight to see.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      I'm happy for you that you got to see so many eagles! Must have been awesome. Thanks for sharing with us!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Great lens, it's good that the number of eagles are recovering with their food stocks back in place. I've been to Seattle several times but haven't been eagle watching at the river, I'll keep this lens in mind when I do!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Wonderful. I got to see my first Bald Eagle in the wild about 6 weeks ago. It was flying down the Olentangy River just north of Columbus, OH. What a sight.

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      River_Rose 5 years ago

      This is an awesome lens! Love it ! Thank you !

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      Image Girl 5 years ago

      Wow! Great lens... And such lovely photos and posters too! Very nice!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I thought I saw a bald eagle once, but he put his toupee back on so quickly that I wasn't sure. Nicely done! Squid Angel blessed!

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      BestItems 5 years ago

      Cool lens and awesome birds, a friend and I were out on one of the small lakes near the Skagit River and a bald eagle swooped down and grabbed a large fish about 30 feet away from us. Wish I had a camera then, would have made a great picture.

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      nestboxes 5 years ago

      Great lens, I have only ever seen them at a distance but such a majestic bird

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      photofk3 5 years ago

      The bald eagle is my favorite animal. I hope I will see one free and wild in the future.

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      I live in the majestic state of Alaska and very fortunate to view great eagles up close. One truly doesn't realize their size until they see an eagle with their wings spread soaring in the blue sky. Great lens, right up my alley.

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed all of the information you put together on bald eagles in the Skagit valley. I have a migratory bald eagle nest near my house and it is always nice to see them flying around.

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens, quite scary that a Bald Eagles wingspan can be up to 8 feet!

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great lens about this beautiful, majestic bird! I used to see them in a particularly wild area of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Very enjoyable lens! I loved your photographs. We occasionally see free Bald Eagles here in South Central Wisconsin and a nearby community has a festival near the river as well. I doubt "our" eagles feast on the spectacular buffet of those on the Sagit, though!

      Congratulationson the front page feature. Well deserved!

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      OrganicHealth3 5 years ago

      Never been to Skagit River but it sounds like it would make a great trip. I've always wanted to see a real eagle in its natural habitat. This sounds like the best way to make it happen.

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Hi Vicki, your lenses always give me a little taste of home. Thank you.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      We see bald eagles often in our neighbourhood in the Kootenays, north and east of your location. Maybe some of our summer eagles are the ones that you see on the Skagit River!

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      I simple love the raptors.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Very nice -- thanks for sharing your birding experience! These are truly majestic birds. :)

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      perfectretreat 5 years ago

      Great photos ! I contemplate eagles every day from my windows and I am thinking to get myself a real good camera. I enjoyed your photos. Thx , LM

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Lovely, I live in western BC and we're very blessed to have bald eagles in the area. When we lived out in Lake Errock we actually had a tree in a neighbouring yard with an eagle nest.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Sure beautiful creatures of God. My cats enjoyed the video of the eagle's song.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your front page feature. Just stopping back by to enjoy this once more. The call of the eagle just amazed me. So unlike what I would have imagined. Some of it is almost similar to a laughing gull. Who would have thought?

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Wonderful lens - and I'm delighted you're looking after our Canadian eagles during their visit to the States. We see them here (Vancouver Island) all summer - local Nanaimo dragon boat teams enjoy watching the eagles on Newcastle Island as they paddle. Blessed!

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      nikyweber 5 years ago

      amazing lens! Thumbs up!

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      Spikey64 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love birds of prey and the bald eagle is one of my favourites it is just a shame we don't have them here in the uk.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Wow.. they are sooo amazing those eagles.Great lens. Blessed.

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      Frugal Bride 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens for beautiful birds!

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Beautiful lens! One of my buddies lives in Sitka, Alaska -- and he's always posting pictures of the eagles camped out in his backyard (aka, the beach). I almost had a chance to see him this summer on a cruise that was supposed to stop in Sitka, but the weather turned bad, so we avoided Sitka and headed down the Inside Passage instead. We did manage to see some eagles in Ketchikan, however. Congratulations on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved this lens. I loved the way it was written and the layout.

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Today seems to be eagle day for me #stumbled upon your beautiful eagle lens and sold my eagle photo (taken near a beach in Vancouver, BC) on a product at Zazzle! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens for beautiful birds!

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. We have bald eagles that live around our house! The first bald eagle I have ever seen in the wild was sitting in a field next to my home! I was blown away.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      this lens is a tribute to the national bird of the u.s.a. one giantsquid, tipi, also has lenses about bald eagles. pls check it out if you have spare time. blessings for the bald eagles spending their winter in wa. actually, we have a trophy-like statue of the bald eagle at home. i haven't seen it in reality.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love your enthusiasm for the Bald Eagle and I admire your dedication to getting out and enjoying winter. Well done! d

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I'd love to be able to see the bald eagles.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I live across the water from Seattle and have seen several eagles on this side of the water. Wonderful article! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I love to read about bald eagles and look at the photos - never get tired of it! Thanks for sharing this really neat lens! ;-)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm submitting this for the winter quest...excellent information, beautiful photos, I just love it! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip with us. Blessed.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      I am not going to get much done today, your pages are so interesting it's hard to stop reading...and now I have the bald eagle nest webcam open...someone had recently told me about the site and it's good to have the link. Bald Eagles have been coming back in NJ and seeing them is not something that we take for granted. We noticed that they seem to follow the waterway through the northern part of our town and on over the NY State line to and from the lakes here and there (we are near the border) and it's getting to the point that you can almost count on seeing them at certain times and places....but this is still relatively new here. Amazing majestic birds.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      We see plenty of bald eagles up here in Vancouver as well. They are magestic birds. It's always a thrill to see them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice to stop by your Bald Eagles page to sprinkle some SquidAngel dust on again. :)

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      JumpinJake 4 years ago

      What a wonderful description of the Bald Eagle, well done on your writing and images chosen for your blog.

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      John Tannahill 3 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I've never seen one. We don't have these birds in Europe but we do have the White Tailed Sea Eagle which is similar. Both birds are magnificent.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Great pictures of our wonderful friend the Bald Eagle. I love going to the yearly festival celebrating the eagles along the Skagit. Just today, I saw a couple of them close to my home coming out of the trees heading to the sea. Love your information.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      Eagles are so majestic. I love the posters you have chosen to go along with your pictures on this lens.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @marsha32: Thank you - it was difficult to get good clear close-up photos myself on our trip. It was a cloudy day and we were in motion floating down the river, so I added a few of my favorite posters and public domain photos. Although my photos weren't great, I still enjoy looking at them and remembering our fun day.

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