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Nice easy hike along Wiley Slough that is approximately 2.70 round trip from parking. A Discover Pass is required for the area. There is a hunting season in the winter months that ended on March 15. Should be an enjoyable walk for the family!
A major component of the Skagit River Delta, the island is an important habitat for wildlife. Migrating from the northern portion of Wrangel Island in Russia, 30,000 to 70,000 Snow Geese spend the winter on the Skagit River Delta and the Fraser River Delta of British Columbia. Important internationally, this population and one that winters in California, are the only Snow Geese that migrate between Eurasia and North America and the only remnant still extant in Eurasia.
Snow Geese feed in agricultural fields of Fir Island in the winter.
Other migratory waterfowl include Tundra Swans, Trumpeter Swans and the Bald Eagle. Over the course of a year, 180 species of birds have been recorded at Skagit Wildlife Area, 13,000 acres (53 km2) of mostly tidelands and intertidal marsh, the largest section of which is located on the southern margin of the island.
Near the south end of Fir Island, the Wiley Slough Restoration Project is intended to restore natural processes to a 180 acres (0.73 km2) portion of Skagit Wildlife Area. The project includes removal of 6,500 feet (2,000 m) of existing dikes, construction of 6,500 feet (2,000 m) of new dikes, and construction of a new tide gate on Wiley Slough upstream of the existing one which will be removed. The main goal of the project is to increase the diversity of species that depend on estuaries, especially Puget Sound Chinook Salmon that are listed as threatened under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act.
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Last Updated: on 1/7/2015 1:16:12 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (9:16 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum