Skagit Audubon

Watching birds, protecting habitat, connecting with nature

April Program - Diking the Delta

by Glen Alexander

 DitchDiggers 415

Digging Drainage Ditch No.18
Near Edison, WA ~ Fall of 1910
Skagit County Historical Museum


Tuesday, April 14, 2015    
7:00 Social; 7:30 Program
Padilla Bay Interpretive Ctr.
10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mt. Vernon, Washington 

In 1863 Samuel Calhoun stood on Pleasant Ridge and looked north across the pristine Skagit Delta. By 1900 almost all of the dikes we see today were completed and the marshes were drained and converted to prime farmland. It's hard to imagine how much work it took for those determined pioneers to complete such a task.

Today those dikes have such a profound influence on our culture, economy and geography. And, of course, habitat for birds. Glen "Alex" Alexander, Education Coordinator at Padilla Bay Reserve, will share some stories and photos to give us a glimpse of that story. We also welcome stories and pictures about the dikes from the audience.


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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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