A Birdwatchers’ Eden near Mount Vernon Hotel
Mount Vernon: Where The Birds Are
January is the time to see the largest concentration of migrating American Bald Eagles, and thousands upon thousands of swans and snow geese, right here in Mount Vernon and Skagit Valley. With its vast farmlands, protected nature trails, and the nurturing river banks of the Skagit, Mount Vernon is ideal for bird watching enthusiasts. The town comes alive as tourists and locals converge, staying in hotels nearby, dining on local produce, and tasting the wines and brews of the region while bird-watching.
Washington serves as the winter home to more than a thousand bald eagles in locations including the Yakima Canyon, Lake Roosevelt, the Skagit River, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Grays Harbor and along the Columbia River. When chum salmon come into the rivers of Puget Sound, for example, for their last life-cycle trip, the eagles follow suit.
The eagles know they have ample food supply here. Along the Skagit river banks, you’ll find a Bald Eagle Festival that greets visitors and educates them about the birds. Look for the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, just up Highway 20 from Mount Vernon in the small town of Concrete.
From the months November to March, about 10,000 Trumpeter and Tundra Swans can be viewed in the flat and fertile farmlands around Mount Vernon. You can hear their calls as they fly overhead.
While from December to April, more than 50,000 snow geese migrate to Mount Vernon and Skagit Valley. You watch breathless as you see them swirl down from the sky, as though you’re inside a snow globe.
Nowhere else to see Great Bird Migrations
Staying at our Mount Vernon hotel brings you near the views of flight and fancy of these majestic American birds. Not an opportunity to be missed, even if you are no bird-fancier.