A birding event going into its third year that seeks to draw birders to this spectacular provincial park. Early spring is a great time to visit, with plants coming to life and many bird species, including Harlequin Ducks, arriving in the upper Skagit Valley to breed.
The upper Skagit Valley offers novice and expert birders a beautiful mountain setting and a classic “U-shaped” glaciated valley bottom that is traversed by a widely-meandering river. Healthy waterfowl populations are found here — including Harlequin Ducks — and lush riparian forests are alive with song birds. There are also dry forests of Ponderosa Pine and open meadows where birds of prey can hunt. And because this part of the Skagit Valley runs north-south spanning the Canada-U.S. border, it forms a natural corridor for spring migrants — an important area to study now and in the years ahead as climate change continues to impact the timing of bird breeding and migration.
BIRDING DATA —
All data gathered during the weekend will contribute to a multi-year database on the Skagit’s bird population which will be compiled and shared with the public and interested researchers. Hope Mountain Centre and BC Nature will share the Bird Blitz data via their Web sites and eBird.
EVENT CO-SPONSORSHIP —
The Skagit Valley Bird Blitz is supported and delivered by two non-profit organizations – BC Nature and Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning. Both organizations share a commitment to nature appreciation and stewardship. Important financial support comes from the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission.
Ross Lake Group Campsite has camping areas for tents and RV’s. No electrical or sewage hookups. Facilities include pit toilets, drinking water, a covered cook shelter with wood stove, and a group campfire ring. Bring your own table and chairs if possible, as picnic tables and seating are limited.?? There are no fixed-roof accommodations in the Skagit, so birders must come prepared for tenting or RV camping. The nearest accommodation is in Hope, British Columbia, which is a 60 min. drive from the birding event location on Ross Lake.
Additional details, registration and itinerary can be found under Programs on Hope Mountain Centre’s website – www.hopemountain.org