[Tweeters] Bird-watching opportunities NEW- Skagit area

Martha Jordan mj.cygnus at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 17:30:49 PST 2017

This is a forward from Paul DeBruyn of WDFW. Great news for birders and

*Bird-watching opportunities: Grand Opening, Feb. 4, from noon until dark.*

*The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Private Lands Access
Program* wants to invite bird watching enthusiasts to an area recently
opened for wildlife viewing in the heart of the Samish Flats. The site is
west of the Bayview Edison road and a little over a half mile south of the
“T” to Samish Island road. The site is adjacent to WDFW property, so
visitors are encouraged to take a short trip to these areas also. Look for
signs indicating *“Wildlife Viewing” (See map below).*

A parking area is located just off the road with and includes a map
showcasing the 100 acres available for nature lovers. Two waterfowl blinds
on the property are available for the patient bird watcher/photographer.

Several migratory birds of prey frequent the area. Notably, short-eared
owls, hawks, shrikes, bald eagles, and all five wintering falcon species
are known to be present at the area. Many waterfowl species should be in
abundance with the end of the recent hunting season. Please note: hunting
will resume again next season. This area serves both hunters and wildlife
watchers, and the many people who engage in both activities. It is open
exclusively for hunting during the waterfowl season.

WDFW will host a *Grand Opening* of the site on *February 4th* from noon to
dark. Some telescopes will be set up and knowledgeable hawk watchers will
be present. A couple of special avian guests will be present to assure
everyone has a close up look at a bird of prey.

*Directions from the intersection of Bow Hill Road and Chuckanut Drive

Proceed west on Bow Hill Rd towards the town of Edison. Bow Hill Rd turns
slightly left and becomes Main St. Turn Right onto Mactaggart Ave. Turn
left on Cains Ct. Continue onto Farm to Market Rd. Turn right onto Bay View
Edison Rd. Turn Left to stay on Bayview Edison Rd. Continue approximately ½
mile. Private Lands Wildlife Viewing parking area will be on your right.

*Directions from the intersection of HWY 20 and La Conner Whitney Rd
(Farmhouse Restaurant)*

Proceed north on La Conner Whitney Road towards Bayview State Park.
Continue 7.7 Miles. The Private Lands Wildlife Viewing parking area will be
on the left.

Paul M.DeBruyn

*Assistant District Wildlife Biologist*

*WDFW District 14*

*111 Sherman St.*

*Box 1100 LaConner, Wa. 98257*

*(360) 466-4345 ext. 281 <(360)%20466-4345> *

*Cell (360) 480-5252 <(360)%20480-5252>*

sent by:
Martha Jordan
Executive Director
Northwest Swan Conservation Association
206-713-3684 cell
martha at nwswans.org
914 164th St SE, PMB 272
Mill Creek, WA 98012
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