25 Wildlife Viewing The Olympic Peninsula is one of the best places to view diverse wildlife at close proximity. The Olympic National Park (ONP) Visitor Center has information on indigenous species and safety information about animals better not seen up close, such as black bear, mountain goats, bobcats and cougar. Rooseveltelk: in the lower ONP areas and often seen around the peninsula. Mountaingoatsandmarmots: in ONP at higher altitudes. Fishers: re-introduced into the ONP in 2008 but elusive. Eagles,falconsandhawks: raptors populate many areas of the peninsula. Salmon: fall is spawning season for several salmon species in rivers and streams. Black-taileddeer:frequently spotted in the hills and lowlands. Photo: Mary Brelsford Photo: Courtesy of National Park Service OlympicMarmot GeocachersontheOlympicGeoTour Photo: John Gussman FishingforCohonearSekiu Sailing/Marinas The Strait of Juan de Fuca offers a challenging and exhilarating sailing experience. Enjoy calmer sailing and boating in Hood Canal, a glacial fjord with many secluded coves, beaches and local marinas at Quilcene Boat Haven and Pleasant Harbor. Other marinas offer public moorage in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock and Port Ludlow. Along the strait, Port Angeles Harbor and Sequim Bay have protected moorage for small craft. Ocean fishing marinas include world-renowned Sekiu, Clallam Bay and Neah Bay. On the Pacific Ocean coast, La Push features saltwater charter fishing. Birding Enthusiasts come to the Olympic Peninsula from around the world to watch for more than 300 species of birds, including bald eagles, marbled murrelets, brants, falcons, dippers and widgeons. Popular coastal viewing areas include Cape Flattery, Neah Bay, along Hwy 112, Port Angeles’ waterfront and Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit and Marrowstone Island east of Port Townsend. Protection Island at the head of Discovery Bay provides nesting habitat to 70% of Puget Sound’s seabird population. Bald eagles, harbor seals and deer from the mainland also feed and breed here. Though no access to the island is permitted, several companies offer boat tours to view this 364-acre site from the water. Inland, go bird-watching by the upper waters of Dungeness and Gray Wolf Rivers in Olympic National Forest and at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. The Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park offers free Wednesday morning bird walks year round. Visit DungenessRiverCenter.org for more information. AmericanGoldfinch Photo: Sue Chickman AmericanGoldfinch