Snow geese population a problem for Skagit farmers


November 29, 2023

Snow geese fill a field next to a farm.

Nancy Crowell

GROWING IN NUMBERS- Snow geese overwhelmed a field on Polson Road on Fir Island recently, attracting a handful of photographers and amply illustrating why their migration here are becoming a problem for farmers in Skagit Valley.

In late autumn on the cusp of cool winter days, snow comes early to Washington when thousands of aloft avians, snow geese, land here in a flurry of white feathers.

"We call it a snow storm, they just will move as one," said birder Julie Hagen. "It's just this chaotic whirlwind of birds, they move like a cloud and then they just lift up in the air."

In late October, as the snow geese began landing in the Skagit Valley, Hagen went out to enjoy the sight that many Western Washington birders look forward to each year. Lucky and patient observers might get to see the spectacle Hagen calls a snow st...

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