Birds of Winter

Skagit Valley and La Conner offer an authentic experience in many ways. Nothing is perhaps more unique and beautiful than the annual migration of birds into this inviting part of Washington State. Providing an ideal wintertime habitat for hundreds of different types of bird species the farmlands and wetlands, as well as the prairies and forests along with the local marine environment, provide the ideal habitat for a host of different species of birds. Perhaps most impressive of all is the fact that many of these birds migrate into the area each year from faraway places.  In honor of these birds, we welcome you to the La Conner Birding Festival and the Birds of Winter Experience!

Snow Geese La Conner

Incredibly Fertile Valley

The diversity of birdlife is remarkable and is a big draw for people from across the country and worldwide who truly enjoy birding. As an added advantage, those birding in Skagit County can also enjoy an abundance of family farms that are situated throughout this incredibly fertile valley. Clearly, without a doubt, one of Washington State’s most anticipated annual events is the return of migrating birds to the fertile lands of Skagit County. As the ideal natural feeding ground for many different bird species, it is the perfect place for them to store energy for their return flight home.

Learning About Migratory Birds

Best of all, there are many classes, discussions, and talks about birds that can be found throughout the Valley during this wonderful time of year, including the La Conner Birding Festival the weekend of February 3rd. Learning about migratory birds from experts in the field is a great way to become immersed in this naturally occurring annual event. There are even several workshops and tours that can guide visitors in experiencing the pleasure of viewing majestic Eagles while floating along the Skagit River. Local guides offer the advantage of knowing the best spots to view or photograph migratory birds.


Opportunities Abound Everywhere in Skagit Valley

Areas that offer amazing bird watching opportunities include the Skagit Flats as well as Samish Flats and Fidalgo Island along with the upper Skagit River and many other unique locations or birding sites. From the Killdeer to the American Kestrel and the Northern Pintail as well as even the Red-Tailed Hawk, opportunities abound everywhere in Skagit Valley to see some of nature’s most impressive birds.