Raptor Classes

Hawkwatching in Western Washington

Mount Vernon Class Information:

 Location:   Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 

                    10441 Bayview Edison Rd.

Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4

Bellingham Class Information

 Location:   Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.

Day/Time:  Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6

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 held from 7:00-9:00 pm a 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 it’s 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. 

Cost and Enrollment

$175.00 per person includes 5 two-hour classes and a day-long Skagit/Samish Flats field trip (you choose from several weekend dates).

To enroll, send a check along with your email address and

phone number to:

Raptor Research NW

PO Box 85

Bow, WA  98232


     Email:  raptorresearchnw@gmail.com

Website:  www.raptorresearchnw.org


The Falcon Research Group (FRG) is dedicated to the support of field research, public education and the conservation of raptors. It is a 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State of Washington and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


PO Box 248

Bow, WA 98232   USA