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January 11, 2019

After Hours: Snow geese arriving in the Skagit Valley

Photo by G. Plowman
Up to 55,000 snow geese will visit the Skagit Valley this winter, in one of the largest gatherings in the lower 48 states.

EVERETT — Fields in the Skagit Valley are white with birds again this winter as thousands of trumpeter and tundra swans, and snow geese migrate from Alaska and Canada to rest and feed in the Puget Sound area.

About 55,000 snow geese return to the Skagit Valley annually, along with 10,000 trumpeter and tundra swans, in one of the largest gatherings in the lower 48 states.

The website goskagit.com says the birds were nearly extinct by the 20th century because their feathers were prized for quill pens, but populations are generally increasing today.

Learn more about where to see the birds at http://www.mountvernonchamber.com. On Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., Martha Jordan of Northwest Swan Conservation Association will offer a slide show and talk at Adopt A Stream Foundation's Northwest Steam Center in Mc Collum Park, 600 – 128th St. S.E. in Everett. Register by calling (425) 316-8592.

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