All across the nation, Audubon Society volunteers strapped on binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Among regional teams working today (Saturday, Dec. 28) was a local trio including (l. to r.) Kirk Patterson, Wendy Patterson and Neil O’Hara. By midday this trio had counted 32 species, including an Anna hummingbird, towhees, eagles and golden eye ducks. Skagit teams deployed to cover a 15-mile radius, with other spotting locations including Sares Head, March’s Point and Rosario Beach.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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