Skagit Valley


Naturalist Trip - The Stilly, Skagit & Samish

We will bird Fir Island, Samish Island and Samish Flats in Skagit County. We will stop and walk at numerous places, looking for birds and whatever other nature we might spot. This is a naturalist activity, and the pace will be slow, with a focus on finding birds. This is early in the winter season but birds should be coming in for the winter. We hope to see a variety of shorebirds, ducks, swans and raptors.

  • Easy
  • Easy

9:00 AM.  Meet at the 145th Street Park and Ride, just west of I5 Freeway at 14724 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline.  We will form carpools if we can.  We will then stop at Smokey Point Rest Area on I-5 just before exit 208 to use the facilities.  Time at Smokey Point should be 9:45 AM.  

We will finish up in the late afternoon at Samish Flats, near Edison, and head back.

This will be an all-day trip.

Bring Lunch, cold and hot drinks, snacks, rain gear and lots of layers.

Bring binoculars and if you have a spotting scope bring that too. 

Wear good walking shoes.  Some places might be wet or muddy, but generally, the surfaces should be hard and good for walking. 

We will bring radios for communication between vehicles.

Discover Pass needed for vehicles.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
  • Binoculars
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