North Cascades Institute has three special field trips designed to showcase winter wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
Eagles and Salmon: Northwest Icons on the Skagit, Jan. 16: Starting at Rockport State Park on Highway 20, this excursion along the Skagit River looks at the intertwined biology of salmon and bald eagles and the effect on other species. This is the seasonal peak of the eagle population, so there will be plenty to see. Naturalist Libby Mills will lead the trip.
Nooksack Snowshoe Excursion, Jan. 17: Strap on the snowshoes and join Dave Moskowitz, a longtime wildlife tracker and teacher at the Wilderness Awareness School, to explore the upper Nooksack River and learn about winter mountain ecology, plant and animal survival strategies, wildlife tracking and the natural history of snow. Snowshoe rental is included as part of the class.
Winter Wings: Birds of the Skagit Flats, Feb. 20: Led by naturalist Jim Alt, this trip surveys the bird life of the lower Skagit Valley, with a focus on raptors, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds.
Fee for all field trips is $95. For information and registration call 360-854-2599, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office at 810 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley. Get details on all trips and seminars at www.ncascades.org.