Saturday May 21, 2022, Barnaby Slough near Rockport, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Barnaby Slough is a complex of oxbow wetlands on the south side of the Skagit River east of Rockport. It’s a great place to see neotropical migrants such as warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, and vireos. Wetland birds such as grebes, herons, and rails are possible. The site of a former fish hatchery, it’s currently the focus of a significant salmon habitat restoration project, so our observations will help document change at the site over time.
Meet at 9:00 am at the turnoff to the old fish hatchery on Martin Ranch Road: Take SR20 east to Rockport. At Rockport, turn right on SR530. About 1.6 miles south of SR20, turn left on Rockport-Cascade Road. In about 1.5 miles, turn left on Martin Ranch Road. In about 1.25 miles, you’ll reach the turnoff to the old fish hatchery. Two or three vehicles can park at the gate on the old hatchery access road. Others can park to the side of the turnoff or along the shoulder of Martin Ranch Road. (N48.479906 W121.536426). NOTE: limited to 15 participants, and we ask that everyone be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, sturdy shoes, snack, and dress for the weather. Recommend checking forecast that morning and bring raingear if needed. Sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44A8A729AAFEC16-barnaby. If you have questions, email Trip Leader John Day at firstname.lastname@example.org.