Tokeland, Grayland and Westport Loop
Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm
Field Trip Leaders: Bruce Labar and Ed Pullen
This field trip will take you to the best shorebird viewing areas along the coast! Target birds are 22 species of shorebirds including Snowy Plover, Willet, and Long-billed Curlew. Good numbers of waterfowl and other water species will be encountered along the way. "Streaked" Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs will also be sought after at Midway Beach Road. There will be some walking but most of the day will involve short visits to key areas in search of shorebirds. Bring or pre-order a lunch and dress appropriately!
Friday, 8am - 3pm
Field Trip Leaders: Dave Richardson and Whittier Johnson
Saturday, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Field Trip Leaders: Phil Kelley and Mary Russell
This beautiful coastal resort town hosts some of the best birding spots on the West Coast with more species per location than anywhere else in the state of Washington. The tour will visit a variety of habitats and upwards of 60 species may be found. Highlights on this trip include: Semipalmated Plover, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Sanderling, Wandering Tattler, Surfbird, and Rock Sandpiper.
Saturday, 9am - 3pm
Field Trip Leaders: Marcus Roening, Faye McAdams Hands, and Diane Yorgason-Quinn
Quinault Indian Nation Tribal Guide: Fallon Mail
Huynisisoos is a great vantage point from which to observe seabirds over the open ocean. Pelagic Cormorants, Common Murres, and Tufted Puffins nest in the scenic seastacks. This may be the southern most nesting area for the "Sooty" Fox Sparrow. Huynisissoos is on Quinault Tribal lands and a Tribal guide will accompany the trip. Uneven, easy to moderate path; wear appropriate footwear.
Shorebirds for Beginners Field Trip
Saturday, 11:30am - 1:30am
Field Trip Leaders: Scott Morrison and Art Pavey
A bus will take you to the Sandpiper Trail at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge where you will walk to the prime shorebird viewing area at the tip of Bowerman Peninsula. As the shorebirds gather on the mudflats, you can learn to distinguish a Western Sandpiper from a Dunlin. Other possible birds include: Least Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot and Peregrine Falcon.
Westport Field Trip
Sunday, 8am - 3:30pm
Field Trip Leaders: Phil Kelley and Mary O'Neil
Another special coastal town, Westport, is famous for its picturesque marina, fishing, and whale watching trips. Excellent birding places are the Westport (South) Jetty and Half Moon Bay, Johns River Wildlife Area, and Bottle Beach State Park. Scores of species will be found including: Greater yellowlegs, Red knot, Sanderling, and Western gull.
Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Friday, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Field Trip Leaders: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex Volunteers
Sunday, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Field Trip Leaders: Arnie Martin and Art Pavey
Free: No Cost
Join in on a guided walk to the prime shorebird viewing area along the Sandpiper Trail at the Refuge. Knowledgeable guides will provide information about the Refuge and other wildlife and plants of interest along the trail. These walks are free and open to the public. The guides will have spotting scopes for better viewing. Binoculars are recommended.