Skagit Eagle Festival kicks off Jan. 3

The 2015 Skagit Eagle Festival begins Saturday and will run through each weekend in January.

Among the activities taking place are a 5K Salmon run through Ovenell’s Ranch, photography workshops, guided walks, raptor presentations by the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, boat trips on the Skagit River, wine tasting and Native American storytelling.

Bald eagles gather along the banks of the upper Skagit River each winter, waiting to feed on the carcasses of salmon that die after spawning. The best viewing is from Concrete to Marblemount.

Most activities are free, but there is a charge to take part in some events.

For a schedule of events and more information, go to concrete-wa.com/skagit-eagle-festival-2015. When in the area, stop at the Skagit Eagle Festival Information Station at 45821 Railroad Ave., Concrete.

In addition to the festival, the Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport is open each weekend this month.