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Eagle Festival returns to Arlington on Feb. 3-4

 

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Sarvey Wildlife Care Center volunteer Robert Lee holds the eagle Freedom at the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival on Feb. 6, 2016.

Live animals, nature walks and exhibits will come to Arlington for the 10th year of the Eagle Festival on Feb. 3 and 4.

"It's a fun day in the cold February centered around nature," said Sarah Lopez, recreation and communications manager for the city of Arlington.

The festival includes opportunities to see and learn about the nature around the city.

"The nature walks bring attention to the wildlife we have right here within the city limits," said Lopez. The festival also brings attention to local groups like Sarvey Wildlife Care Center and helps children learn about the nature around them.

During the main day of the festival on Feb. 4, downtown Arlington will be full of free nature activities for families.

At the City Council Chambers families can come down to see birds from the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center from noon to 4 p.m.

Many local conservation groups like Sound Salmon Solutions and the Snohomish Conservation District will bring nature exhibits to put around City Hall and the City Council Chambers as well.

Western Wildlife Outreach will bring their "Large Carnivore Outreach Trailer" with information about many of the large predators of the Pacific Northwest.

Outside of the Council Chambers, in the Legion Park parking lot, a petting zoo with a miniature pony, a miniature donkey, ducks and other animals will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chainsaw carvers will work at Legion Park both days of the festival, making sculptures from wooden logs.

An ice sculpting demonstration is also scheduled to held at the park on Feb. 4 beginning at 2:30 p.m.

A tour of Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy and a bird identification walk are available the morning of Feb. 4.

The bird identification walk will be held at 9 a.m. at Arlington's Stormwater Wetland Park near Haller Park, "and that will be led by Audubon member Virginia Clark to help you identify the birds," said Lopez.

Magnolia Hall in downtown Arlington will also hold the art council's annual art show.

"We are still seeing entries for the Haiku contest and calling for other artists to enter the photography contest," said Lopez.

Cash prizes are available to winning entries.

This is the 10th annual Eagle Festival for the city, which began as a project to lift up the downtown in the winter months.

"During the time we were revitalizing downtown and we wanted to provide more opportunity for business down their during the winter months," said Lopez.

That idea was combined with a festival that celebrates nature.

"Since then we've had a number of partners who have made the event successful," said Lopez. "This is not just a city event. Our partners help run it and we have a lot of volunteers," she said.

The city collaborates with the Stillaguamish Tribe, the Arlington Arts Council and Arlington Youth Dynamics to put on the festival.

More information about the festival is available at arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest.

 

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