The annual Birdwalk fundraiser for Subud Skagit happened on Valentine’s Day 2015, and the event was sold-out, meaning a nice little payday to help the community maintain their house on Laventure Road in Mt. Vernon. Unseasonable weather was welcomed by the participants who traveled from Fort Langley and Vancouver, BC, Portland, Oregon, Seattle and elsewhere, and who were led ably by avid birder Paul Woodcock.
Trumpeter Swans, Snow Geese, Red-Tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Ducks, Mergansers, Wigeons, Blue Herons and other species of birds were spotted, sometimes in very large numbers, sometimes in such a way that made whole fields white. Marius Hibbard, Subud Skagit’s expert photographer was able to get some quality photos and the gang headed back to the Subud House to honor birds the best way they know how, by EATING one. (A turkey.) The feast at the Subud House was orchestrated by former restauranteur Michael DuBois and was incredible. If you’ve not attended this event, make plans to do so in 2016.