North Fork Eagle Reserve

63 acres, salmon spawning, Bald eagles, eagle roost
Location: North Fork Nooksack River

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles

North Fork Eagle is a dynamic preserve that has been built on a 42-acre parcel acquired by WLT in 1999. Just upstream of the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the Nooksack River, chum salmon spawn and die here. This attracts large numbers of Bald eagles who feed on the salmon and roost in the riparian forest. There are no flood control structures on this stretch of the river. Numerous side channels, river bars and quiet pools develop naturally. Log jams have accumulated, providing havens for salmon smolts and creating large pools for fish in need of rest. The Nooksack elk herd moves through this property regularly.

The purchase of this property was made possible by a grant from the Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with the Department of Ecology. The terms of the grant require Whatcom Land Trust to manage the property for protection of wetlands, wildlife and habitat.

photo by Alan Fritzberg