Eagle Watcher Volunteer Stewardship Program

What is the Eagle Watcher Volunteer Stewardship Program?

Thanks to abundant runs of wild salmon, the Skagit River Watershed boasts one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. In their wake come thousands of people vying for views of the majestic birds roosting in riverside trees or eating fish along gravel bars. Bald eagle viewing continues to rise each year as media coverage increases and more people move to the Puget Sound region.

Since 1992 the Eagle Watcher volunteer stewardship program has played a vital role in protecting this species by managing the attention they attract. Eagle Watchers share a common bond – love for eagles, salmon and the Skagit River and a desire to benefit both wildlife and people.

On weekends starting in mid-December and continuing through the end of January, trained volunteers will be stationed at a number of convenient locations along the Skagit River to help visitors appreciate and understand bald eagles and the rich complexity of the Skagit River watershed.  Volunteers spend the day watching eagle activity while helping visitors locate eagles, answering questions and engaging in conversation.


Volunteer for Eagle Watching Program

Equipped with binoculars, spotting scopes, two days of training and enthusiasm, volunteers spend the day helping visitors appreciate the beauty and complexity of the wild and scenic Skagit River while watching bald eagles together. 


Volunteers are asked to spend three weekend days at one of three locations along the Skagit River during the height of bald eagle migration in December and January. Volunteers receive in-depth training, the company of experienced volunteers and the opportunity for great conversations with visitors from far and wide. “I think my favorite part is people connecting with nature.” - Eagle Watcher Volunteer Steward. For more information contact Matt Riggen at the Darrington Ranger District at 360-436-2333.


Learn more about the program and fill out an online application at the Skagit Eagle Watcher blog.

Eagle watcher volunteer helping visitors view eagles near Howard Miller Steelhead Park.