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Red-tailed Hawk and Mt. Baker

Hawk Watching In Western Washington Classes 2020

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. 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. 

The five session class and one day field trip costs $175 per person. For registration details click here.

From Bud Anderson of the Falcon Research Group-

“After 36 years, it is time for me to move on from teaching the Hawkwatching in Western Washington course that I have enjoyed so much. 

Thank you to everyone for supporting it over these many years.

However, I recognize that there is obviously still a continuing need for a hawk ID class out there. 

Therefore, I have been working with my friend and colleague, Sue Cottrell, over the last few years to pass the torch on to her.

As many of you know, Sue is an excellent hawkwatcher and is intimately acquainted wirh the Skagit Flats. She is more than qualified to helm the class in future years.

I encourage you all to support, learn and enjoy hawks with her.

Good hawkwatching and thank you all,