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Skagit Valley Birding: Everything You Need to Know

It’s no wonder the Skagit Valley holds a reputation for its beauty. Boasting over 93,000 acres of active farmland, the Skagit Valley is the third largest watershed on the west coast of the United States. Its natural wonders include shorelines, bays, islands, mountains, the Skagit River, and home to a large and diverse agricultural community. Thousands flock every year to witness its beauty, from its springtime breathtaking tulip displays to the wintertime bird migrations.
Birding in Skagit Valley

The Skagit Valley provides the ultimate wintertime habitat for hundreds of bird species, including trumpeter swans, snow geese, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. It is one of Washington’s most spectacular winter events as flocks of migrating birds arrive at the Skagit Valley—with its luscious farmlands providing feedings grounds and nesting sites. The birds build up their energy over winter before taking off for the long return flight in the spring. The Skagit Wildlife Area consists of various habitats, including open water, island shoreline, marshes, tidal mudflats, forests, and agricultural land.

The Skagit Audubon Society

The Skagit Audubon Society, based out of nearby Mount Vernon, dedicates its time to “watching birds, protecting habitat, and connecting with nature.” Depending on the season, the society hosts classes, field trips, wilderness hikes, programs, and even festivals. Due to COVID-19, much of the in-person events have been replaced with Zoom meetings. That being said, it’s only a matter of time before the society returns to its former glory. Regardless, we highly recommend scouring their website for tidbits, resources, conversation tips, and birding checklists. In fact, the society is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the area’s bird populations and best-viewing sites. Simply contact them well in advance of your trip! Some of their favorite destinations include Deception Pass State Park, March Point, Fir Island, and Beaver Lake.

Comfortable Base: La Conner Country Inn

After an enjoyable day spent birding in the Skagit Valley, head back to the La Conner Country Inn. Situated downtown next to the Swinomish Channel, our La Conner hotel boasts a highly convenient location for exploring everything the area has to offer. Not only are we located in the heart of the Skagit Valley—but we’re also within walking distance of boutique shops, museums such as the Northwest Art Museum, Skagit Historical Museum, and the Quilt & Textiles Museum, as well as many great restaurants. The La Conner Country Inn has its own restaurant, the Oyster & Thistle, which provides upscale dining using locally sourced farm-grown ingredients.

If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay during your Skagit Valley birding getaway, our La Conner Lodging is the place for you. Check availability for your preferred dates online.