Outdoors

2010 Skagit River Bald Eagle Festival cancelled

A lack of funds has forced organizers to cancel the 2010 Skagit River Bald Eagle Festival.

“Last season, we used our reserves to meet all of our obligations to the festival and the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center. Funding has been decreasing as it has for most nonprofit organizations,” Judy Hemenway, Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team president, wrote in a letter announcing the decision.

After failing to receive several grants, the board opted to fund operations at the Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport. Each costs $45,000 to run.

“The choice to keep the interpretive center open for three months was the right choice. It will last longer than the two-day festival,” Hemenway said.

The News Tribune

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