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Join Sue Cottrell for a five session class, “Hawk Watching in Western Washington”. 

This class will teach you about different kinds of raptors, emphasizing field identification and the particularly fascinating element of winter behavior. Instructor Sue Cottrell has studied raptors and guided outdoor trips for over 25 years, and has a vast knowledge of local populations

The five classroom sessions will be from 7:00-9:00 pm and will be held in Skagit County at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Tuesday evenings starting January 7 and in Bellingham at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship on Thursday evenings starting January 9.

In addition to the five two-hour classroom sessions, the class will be broken down into smaller groups for a daylong field trip on the Skagit Flats. Field trip dates will be posted the first night of class. This area is nationally recognized for its hundreds of wintering birds of prey. The field trip is a great opportunity to practice identifying raptors with Sue’s expertise and assistance. People often comment that the field trip alone is worth the price of the class. 

This class is sponsored in part by the Falcon Research Group, Whatcom Land Trust and North Cascades Audubon Society.

The class fee is $175 per person. To complete your registration, send check, along with email address, phone number and your class location choice to:

Raptor Research NW, P.O. Box 85, Bow, WA 98232.

Class locations-

  • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship  (Thursday 7-9 pm – Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6)
  • 1207 Ellsworth St. 
  • Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Tuesday 7-9 pm – Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4)
  • 10441 Bayview-Edison Road 
  • Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668
Sue Cottrell with adult Red-tailed Hawk