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 Watchers 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 learn more about the largest wintering bald eagle population in the Lower 48. Eagle Watchers volunteers are available to answer questions about bald eagles, salmon and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and spotting scopes available for visitor use. The program runs for 6 weekends during the winter.

Eagle Watchers - Skagit Wild & Scenic River

This is an introductory video about US Forest Service Eagle Watchers program along the Skagit Wild & Scenic River and what it means to be an Eagle Watcher teaching visitors about the Skagit River Bald Eagles.



Volunteer for Eagle Watching Program

Learn from experts how to teach the public about the Skagit River Bald Eagles in an 8-hour program. Equipped with spotting scopes and field guides, volunteers work three six-hour shifts at stations along the Skagit River during weekends December thru January. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest recruits approximately 40 adult volunteers each winter. Applications are due in mid-November. For more information about the Eagle Watchers program call the Mt. Baker Ranger District at 360-856-5700.


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

Eagle watcher volunteer helping members of the International District Housing Authority view eagles along the Skagit River at the Rockport bridge.
Photo by Renee Bodine, US Forest Service