Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing

Explore the Northwest Coast Hwy 112

Head to the most Northwestern tip of the continental US exploring Cape Flattery, walk along Hobuck Beach and visit the internationally-known Makah Museum.

Along Hwy 112 are the communities of Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Birders will delight in the variety of sea and migratory fowl found in this region, a list of sites and species is available by request or on-line.

Location

Northwest CoastNeah Bay, WA
United States
48° 21' 40.4532" N, 124° 39' 24.2568" W
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Around La Push

This drive-to beach is a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch shorebirds, eagles and seals. The 1-1/4 mile trek north to “Hole-in-the-Wall” begins here.

Bird Watching in the Quilcene, Brinnon and Hood Canal Area

Olympic Peninsula offers exceptional bird watching year round. Our mild winters support large numbers of ocean birds and waterfowl. The spring and fall migrations offer great diversity in species. Summer residents are numerous and varied due to a diversity in habitat including rainforests, meadows, and tidelands. The Dosewallips State Park’s wildlife viewing platform is located on the edge of a tidal marsh and provides a great place to view Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, gulls, waterfowl, Red-winged Blackbirds, wrens, and much more.

Location

Dosewallips State ParkBrinnon, WA, 98376
United States
47° 52' 44.8608" N, 122° 54' 9.6444" W
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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Location

Dungeness Spit and LighthouseSequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 8' 24.4356" N, 123° 11' 41.874" W
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Cape Flattery Trail

As you near Neah Bay, look for tufted puffin nesting on the sea stacks from spring to early summer, and common murres perched on Tatoosh Island. Look in the water for bobbing sooty shearwaters. During the spring thousands of migrating hawks, including red-tail and sharp-shinned hawks, kettle over Cape Flattery before flying across the Strait to Vancouver Island. Occasionally, large flocks of 200 to 300 sandhill cranes entertain lucky observers with their graceful formations and mysterious trilling.

Location

Cape FlatteryNeah Bay, WA, 98357
United States
48° 21' 57.4344" N, 124° 36' 41.7744" W
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Dungeness River Audubon Center

The Dungeness River Audubon Center is located at the site of the historic railroad trestle that crosses the river north of Highway 101. The trestle has been converted to a planked section of the North Olympic Discovery Trail. The Center promotes the enjoyment and understanding of this unique watershed and river. Territorial views of woodlands, river vistas, local wildlife and native flora beckon from the nature trails. The Center offers interpretive programs, summer science day camps and river talks and classes in the River Center building, as well as exhibits, displays and specimens.

Location

Dungeness River Audubon Center
2151 West Hendrickson Road
Sequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 5' 12.9444" N, 123° 7' 41.6928" W
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Port Townsend Marine Science Center & Natural History Museum

The Port Townsend Marine Science and Natural History Museum promote the scientific study of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits with interactive live exhibits for the public and educational programs, training and support for teachers and students. Bird migration cruises to Protection Island are scheduled throughout the year.

Fort Worden State Park
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
tel: 360-385-5582; 1-800-566-3932

Location

Pt. Townsend Marine Science Center & Natural History Museum
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 8' 28.1724" N, 122° 46' 19.0848" W
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Birding

Bird enthusiast come to the Olympic Peninsula from around the world to study the more than 200 species of birds that inhabit the region. These include bald eagles, marbled murrelets, brants, falcons, Steller's jays, dippers, thrushes, widgeons and many more. Popular viewing areas for birds include Cape Flattery, Neah Bay and Hwy.

Port Williams Beach Is a Hidden Gem

Port Williams is a great beach for families, lovers, birdwatchers, dog lovers and kayakers. Usually, overlooked, it is seldom busy except for the birds. Be sure to keep an eye out for an elk herd along the way.

Port Williams official name is Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams. This 1-acre gem was deeded to the Clallam County Parks in 1976. The state owns tidelands to the north that link with 1,000 feet of County tidelands ending at the privately-owned Graysmarsh Farm property.

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