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Eagle Festival returns to Arlington

A bald eagle soars in Snohomish County. The third annual Eagle Festival will take place on Feb. 6.  - Courtesy photo
A bald eagle soars in Snohomish County. The third annual Eagle Festival will take place on Feb. 6.
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ARLINGTON — A festival celebrating north Snohomish County’s birds of prey will soon be taking place.

The city of Arlington and the Stillaguamish Tribe will host the third annual Eagle Festival on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Activities, which take place throughout the day, include numerous presentations, educational programs and eagle tours.

From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will guide attendees as they watch for eagles at Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy.

Visitors may also see eagles flying over the Stillaguamish River or perched in nearby trees during their drive to the conservancy, said Sarah Hegge, Arlington recreation manager.

Members of the Pilchuck Audubon Society will also lead a bird-watching walk through Portage Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at 3 p.m.

Representatives from Arlington-based Sarvey Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, will be giving presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Arlington City Council Chambers.

During that time, audience members will have a chance to see eagles and other raptors.

“Several hundred people were thrilled by being able to stand five feet away from a bald eagle during the Sarvey Wildlife presentation,” said Bill Blake, the city’s natural resource manager about last year’s presentation.

At 12:30 p.m., Blake, along with Pat Stevenson and Jason Griffith from the Stillaguamish Tribe, will be giving a watershed presentation titled “Salmon Habitat in the Stilly — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

The event will also take place in the City Council Chambers.

The Arlington Arts Council will be holding an art show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 6 at 103 East Third Street.

Community members are encouraged to enter a photography contest, and cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100 will be awarded for best eagle and nature photos.

Entries for the contest must be received by Feb. 3.

During the art show, a poetry contest will also take place. The contest is open to adults and teens of Snohomish County, and categories include wildlife and nature.

Prizes will also be awarded, ranging from $25 to $50. Deadline for entry is also Feb. 3.

Other events occurring throughout the city include covered wagon rides, a scavenger hunt, an ugly chicken contest and many “super Saturday” sales and breakfast and lunch specials.

For more information, or for entry forms for the photography contest, visit www.arlingtonwa.gov or call 360-403-3448.

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