Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival January 23- February 13, 2021
2021 Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival is revised this year, due to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Activities are on your own or virtual. We have compiled a plethora of nature activities for you to explore.
To entice you even more, the Stillaguamish Tribe is offering prize drawings for Eagle Festival participants. Complete the eagle “bingo” card by participating in the festival activities, and enter to win outdoor adventure gear.
Enter at www.arlingtonwa.gov/eaglewin
Enter the Eagle Photo Contest
Arlington Arts Council invites Snohomish County, Skagit County, and Camano Island residents to enter the Eagle Photography Contest through AAC Facebook page. First place eagle photo will be awarded $200. Email photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook message AAC at www.facebook.com/ArlingtonArtsCouncil. Last day to enter is February 4, 2021.
View 11 Years of Winning Eagle Photography
View the past 11 years of winning eagle photographs. Located at Coastal Community Bank (windows), 525 N Olympic Ave.
Enter the Nature Haiku Contest
The Nature Haiku Poetry Contest is open to Snohomish County residents. Prizes are $25 for first place in three age categories (ages 6-9, ages 10-15, ages 16 & up). Contest ends January 31, 2021 at midnight. Enter online arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest or by mail to: City of Arlington, Recreation, 238 N Olympic Ave, Arlington 98223.
View the entries Feb. 6- 14 on City Hall windows (238 N Olympic Avenue, Arlington)
Outdoor Nature Art Show
February 5-14. Enjoy natural depictions of the beautiful Pacific Northwest flora and fauna as created by local artists. Located at Centennial Trail in downtown Arlington, 3rd to 4th Street block.
Eagle Fest Wood Carving Display
Chainsaw Carver Steve Backus will have a display at the Arlington Co-op (121 S Olympic Ave) on January 30, 11am-4pm.
Wolf Haven’s Virtual Sanctuary Visit and Activities
Virtually meet Wolf Haven’s wolves through the online gallery www.wolfhaven.org or virtual sanctuary visit, a 20-minute video at https://youtu.be/LNkTvCRuVqM.
Wolf activity sheets:
Compare and Contrast Wolves & Humans
Foldable wolf for coloring
Wolf coloring & info sheet
Wolf Needs Vs Human Needs
Discover Your Watershed Virtually
A watershed is an area where streams and rivers drain into a common body of water. Watersheds transcend local, state and federal boundaries. Each watershed becomes a focal area for water quality, marine habitat, stormwater runoff, and other issues. This map shows the major rivers that subsidiary streams flow into within Snohomish County.
Can you survive a Salmon’s Journey?
Online game: Guide your salmon upstream to spawn, but watch out for dangerous obstacles along the way! www.soundsalmonsolutions.org/edresources-kids
Sound Water Stewards University
Sound Waters University’s first virtual event. Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to all of the sessions. The live online portion of the event is Feb. 6, but you will have full access to all of the classes after the event to explore at your leisure.
Registration is required. Tickets are $50.
Sound Water Stewards, Estuary Activities
The mouth of Stillaguamish River is a critically important estuary ecosystem called an estuary where fresh and saltwater mix. The river carries nutrients downstream and the rising and falling tides create a rich habitat for juvenile salmon which experience the highest growth rates of their lives while in estuaries. The estuary also provides habitat for migratory birds and wildlife. Sound Water Stewards present a video on salmon life cycle, plus a fun educational video called Estuary Soup, and a guide to walking near the Leque Island estuary restoration near Stanwood.
Recommended Eagle Festival Book List
Check out a book or DVD from the recommended list for the Eagle Festival from Arlington Library. Includes The Eagle Mother, Beauty and the Beak and more!
Join the Stilly Valley Fitness Event!
Did you know an eagle flies 30 miles a day on average? How many “eagle days” will you commit to exercising and other activities that get you moving and exploring your Valley during this year’s festival? Participants of all ages and abilities can register online with their own exercise goals to reach between January 23 and February 13. The first 50 people to register online will receive a free pedometer from Stilly Valley Health Connections! All exercise counts for this virtual event – walk the Centennial Trail, log your stroll around the neighborhood, track the time you spend on your Zoom yoga class. Prizes from local businesses will be awarded in age categories and include: most miles, fun pictures, creative videos, and most time spent exercising. Everyone who registers will also be eligible for drawings at the end of the festival. Register today at www.stillyvalleyhealth.org (info coming soon).
Upload pictures and videos of your own trek to social media using #StillyValleyTrek
Contribute to Science with iNaturalist
Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. Go to inaturalist.org or install the free iNaturalist app on your phone. Record your observations, share with fellow naturalists. Your findings are shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists use your data. All you have to do is observe. Learn more at www.inaturalist.org
Identify Native Plants with Your Cell Phone
This free app allows you to identify plants and mushrooms with the click of your camera on a mobile device.
Learn more at www.plantsnap.com
Identify Birds with Your Cell Phone
Install iBird, a field guide to North American Birds. You can identify a bird from any photo you take or upload. And to augment your ability to identify a species, iBird contains bird songs and call vocalizations and photo recognition ! The program is $14.99. Learn more at www.ibird.com
Places to Visit
Arlington Stormwater Wetland Park
This stormwater wetland was designed to filter pollutants from the water flowing through its cells. City stormwater previously flowed directly into the Stillaguamish River. Now this water flows through the wetland where native plants and natural processes filter it. Walk the meandering trails around the wetland and read the interpretive signage or follow the Eagle Trail along the dike near the Stillaguamish River.
Directions: use parking lot at Haller Park 1100 West Ave., walk west under SR 9 bridge to Stormwater Park.
Portage Creek Wildlife Area
This 150 acre wildlife reserve is home to a variety of wetland plants and animals. Stroll along the stream and enjoy the open meadow paths while catching glimpses of herons, raptors and species of waterfowl.
Location: 20802 59th Avenue NE Arlington
Eagle and Salmon Viewing at Squire Creek Park
Squire Creek County Park is located approximately 24 miles east of Arlington towards the town of Darrington. If conditions are right, visitors can view spawning chum salmon in Squire Creek and eagles.
Access to the Sauk River is just five minutes away at Backman Park (25333 Clear Creek Road)
Location: Squire Creek Park, 41415 SR 530, Arlington
Forston Mill Ponds Park
Once the site of a bustling mill and community of over 300 residents, all that remains now of Fortson are some concrete walls and two pretty mill ponds. A fun place to explore. This site is also a trailhead for the Whitehorse Trail.
Read the history here: www.discoverdarrington.com/history-2/historical-places/fortson-mill/
Location: SR 530 to Fortson Mill RD, near Milepost 42 www.snohomishcountywa.gov/Facilities/Facility
Nature Conservancy Port Susan Preserve
One of the finest estuarine habitats in Puget Sound.
An estuary forms where fresh water meets saltwater and provides habitat for many species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. Self-guided tours available with reservations only at https://www.arlingtonwa.gov/695/Port-Susan-Bay-Preserve-Reservations
Location: Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy, Boe Road, Stanwood
Stillaguamish Valley Museum Watershed Model
An outdoor shelter houses a hand-carved cedar relief map of the Stillaguamish River watershed as it was in 1910, when Arlington was the world’s capital for cedar-shake mills. The map includes locations of pioneer communities, mines, logging operations, Stillaguamish tribal encampments, and the sites of old roads, schools and cemeteries.
Location: 20722 67th Ave. NE Arlington
Leque Island—Stanwood Levee Trail
Walk along an accessible trail following the Stillaguamish River and restored tidal marsh on Leque Island. Walk is .7 mile in length with view and birds. Managed by WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. Discover Pass is required on WDFW lands -- unless you already have a Vehicle Access Pass issued with the purchase of an eligible hunting or fishing license. Location: Eide Road off of SR 532, follow short road to parking area. Wildlife Areas | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center Viewing Sites
Head north on State Route 530 to Skagit County for a day of exploration, eagle sightings and a beautiful road trip. Registration is required for guided walks.
Location: Howard Miller Steelhead Park,
52809 Rockport Park Rd, Rockport
For more information and other areas in Skagit County to view eagles, go to: www.skagiteagle.org