It was one of those grey Pacific Northwest days, when the rain seems like it never quite starts but you know it’s either ahead or behind you. We set out in the car to fill up a Sunday morning with something I hoped would be an impressive sight – the “sea” of snow geese that spend the winter in our area. We’ve seen them in fields near our home, congregating in huge groups that have fascinated me for years. As a travel-loving mama, migration charms me and it’s a fun concept to teach kids, too.
Both of my kids are interested in science and especially the natural world of animals. How do we grow that interest? I do love books, and my son especially loves the many workbooks, texts, and apps you can find to encourage early learning. But there are just some things you have to see to fully understand.
So we headed to Fir Island Farms and the Hayton Snow Goose Reserve in Skagit County, Washington. It’s just outside of the small town of Conway, not too far north of Seattle and Everett. I read about Fir Island while working on a story, and I have been wanting to go see this wildlife reserve with my kids. I’ve heard you might see bald eagles, swans, falcons, ducks, owls, and of course those snow geese. It’s a birders’ paradise and on a grey blustery day it takes on an almost romantic haze because of the marsh, the wind, and the still water.
Well on our visit there was no throng of snow geese. Birds were flying by overhead, and my husband and son got very excited to see them so close. My daughter had a great time exploring, jumping, and just watching it all.
We all learned something that day. They’re still talking about the many kinds of birds, their habitat and feeding, and just how fun it is to get outside with mom and dad.
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