Birding

A Bird Watcher's Paradise

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley is a bird watcher's paradise. From bald eagles and Peregrine falcons to black brant and bufflehead, hundreds of air and waterfowl have been seen on the Olympic Peninsula.

Dungeness Spit & National Wildlife Refuge

More than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals, and eight species of marine mammals have been recorded in the Dungeness Spit and National Wildlife Refuge. It provides critical habitat for a number of species, some of them threatened or endangered, and is an important stop for many birds during migration.

Railroad Bridge Park & Dungeness River Audubon Center

The Dungeness River Audubon Center conducts a variety of programs for birding enthusiasts, including Wednesday morning bird walks, Birdfest in April, and the Christmas bird count.

John Wayne Marina

Best at ebb and flood tides, scan the John Wayne Marina bay and breakwater from numerous vistas.

Washington Harbor, Schmuck Road & Port Williams

During spring and summer, bald eagles nest along Washington Harbor. From Port Williams watch for the elusive tufted puffin traveling to and from Protection Island. Northern harriers and Savannah sparrows nest in the grasslands along Schmuck Road.

Dungeness Bay, 3 Crabs

Diverse habitats are found in this very small area, which includes the Saltwater Bay along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness River delta, extensive grasslands, ponds, and salt-marsh.

Olympic National Forest: Upper Waters of the Dungeness River

The birds found here are mountain species and birding is at its best in early morning and late afternoon.