Join Libby Mills, a scientist profiled in The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, to experience one of the most fascinating natural dramas in the North Cascades. Every winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to the Skagit River to feast on the Puget Sound's rich salmon runs — the largest concentration of Haliaeetus leucocephalus in the lower 48 states! This trip will focus on the Upper Skagit as the abundance of chum salmon reaches its apex, and the eagle numbers are swelling 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. You'll also learn about local conservation strategies for these keystone species.
Libby is a naturalist and artist who has taught North Cascades Institute seminars for more than 25 years. She is on the board of Skagit Audubon as the Field Trip Chair, leads regular classes in natural history for Padilla Bay Foundation and enjoys taking people into the a natural world to observe, learn and sketch on both east and west sides of the North Cascades and beyond. A biologist for The Nature Conservancy’s Skagit River Bald Eagle Preserve for 23 winters, Libby worked for nine years as a ranger/naturalist in national parks.
Information and registration at www.ncascades.org/signup/programs/14-salmon-and-eagles or (360) 854-2599. Bundle up, grab your binoculars and join North Cascades Institute in celebration and discovery!
Photo by Jess Newly.