Skagit Audubon

Watching birds, protecting habitat, connecting with nature


Start Date: Sat. Feb 17, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Duration: 3 Hours


The birding cruise advertised in last month’s Skagit Flyer is proving so popular that we’re moving up from the 30-passenger Blackfish III to the 48 passenger Blackfish IV. As mentioned in last month’s announcement, expert Skagit Audubon birder Gary Bletsch will help us find and learn about seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and possibly other wildlife up close and personal in their natural habitat. 

The Blackfish IV will leave Skyline Marina (2201 Skyline Way, Anacortes) bound for Williamson’s Rocks and other points. We’ll depart at 9:30 AM sharp. Please arrive by 9:00 AM. We’ll return about 12:30 PM.

The Blackfish IV is owned and operated by Outer Island Excursions. It is well designed for birding, with room for everyone both inside and out. Dress warmly. Waterproof jacket and pants would be best. You might want to bring a thermos and snacks.

Cost: $60.00 per person. Reservations required: phone or e-mail Tim Manns (360-336-8753 or To confirm your place (limited to 48), Skagit Audubon must have your check or money order made out to “Skagit Audubon” no later than the February 13th Audubon monthly meeting.  Please mail the check or money order with “boat cruise” in the memo line and “Attn: boat cruise” on the envelope to: Skagit Audubon Society, P.O. Box 1101, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273.  If paying in cash, please do so at the February Audubon meeting.

 In case of inclement weather, the trip will be rescheduled to Saturday, February 24. When you reserve with Tim, please be sure to include your phone number and email address and say whether you would be able to make the rescheduled date if we have to cancel February 17.

Please also note that whether this trip goes or not is dependent on a full 48 people signing up.


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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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