Skagit Audubon

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Johnson DeBay Swan Reserve and other Clear Lake & Burlington sites

Start Date: Sat. Feb 13, 2016 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duration: 3 Hours

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Johnson DeBay Swan Reserve is the only place in the U.S. specifically set aside for swans. In winter, our home area hosts Tundra Swans and the largest concentration of Trumpeter Swans in the world. Seeing hundreds of this largest North America waterfowl in one place is among the Skagit’s greatest avian wonders. On this field trip we’ll visit the reserve and some other sites near Clear Lake and Burlington, looking for waterfowl, raptors, and upland species too. Swans mostly use the reserve as a night roost, so we’ll be there at dusk in hopes of seeing and/or hearing the great white birds fly in for the night. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and, if you have one, a spotting scope. A WA State Discover Pass is required for parking at the reserve. Meet in the PETCO parking lot in Mount Vernon off College Way just east of I-5 Exit 227. We’ll form carpools there. (For information about swans in Washington, go to

Leader: Tim Manns, 360-336-8753 or

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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