Apparently, December and January are the times to spot bald eagles in the Northwest. In the winter, many eagles migrate to the relatively tepid waters of Oregon, Washington, and southern B.C., and can be seen congregating more than usual since it’s neither mating nor hatching season, and many of them can be seen at once if a birdwatcher gets lucky. One location to scout is the Skagit River, with other possibilities being more remote but perfect for a winter break road trip. Eagle enthusiasts can also give the Squamish River Watershed in B.C. a try, where eagle watch volunteers are kept at the ready each weekend through January. Klamath Basin in Southwestern Oregon is also said to be a haven for birds in movement; around 500 bald eagles are said to be taking residence, the largest population base outside of Alaska. So if you’re looking to celebrate the freedom of winter break by looking at bald eagles (and how appropriate would that be?), there’s your hook up.