Field Trips


Tokeland, Grayland and Westport Loop

Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm

Field Trip Leaders: Bruce Labar and Ed Pullen

Cost: $45

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!

Marbled Godwit Photo by Tom Rowley


Ocean Shores

Friday, 8am - 3pm

Field Trip Leaders: Dave Richardson and Whittier Johnson

Saturday, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Field Trip Leaders: Phil Kelley and Mary Russell

Cost: $35

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.

Sanderling Photo my Michael Schramm


Huynisisoos

Saturday, 9am - 3pm

Field Trip Leaders: Marcus Roening, Faye McAdams Hands, and Diane Yorgason-Quinn

Quinault Indian Nation Tribal Guide: Fallon Mail

Cost: $40

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.

Pelagic Cormorant Photo by USFWS/Linda Tanner


Shorebirds for Beginners Field Trip

Saturday, 11:30am - 1:30am

Field Trip Leaders: Scott Morrison and Art Pavey

Cost: $15

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.

Least Sandpiper Photo by Tom Rowley


Westport Field Trip

Sunday, 8am - 3:30pm

Field Trip Leaders: Phil Kelley and Mary O'Neil

Cost: $35

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.

Ruddy Turnstone Photo by John Whitehead


Guided Walks

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.

Black-Bellied Plover Photo by Tom Rowley