Front Porch: Go watch the eagles

Go watch the eagles

The Skagit River watershed is home to one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Each year the Skagit River sees the return of hundreds of eagles taking advantage of the winter salmon runs. Join the Mt. Baker Ranger District at one of three stops along Highway 20 to learn about and see bald eagles. Forest Service staff and volunteers will be stationed at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Milepost 100 and Marblemount Fish Hatchery to provide information and eagle viewing opportunities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 31.

Mukilteo moves forward on paid parking: The city of Mukilteo has opened bidding for a vendor to set up a pay-to-park system.

The posting seeks “innovative parking pay stations” that will survive wind, rain and salty air.

The system is set to go live at Lighthouse Park and some Old Town areas in May. Bids are due in January.

Not too early to start planning: Camano Center’s Crab Fest is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 17, 606 Arrowhead Road on Camano Island. The $25 tickets includes a whole Dungeness crab, side dishes and dessert. Only 300 tickets will be sold. There will be live entertainment. Tickets are available at the Camano Center front desk or by calling 360-387-0222.

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