Theler Wetlands

Belfair, Washington

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Water defines the Theler Wetlands. Bounded on two sides by the Union River and Hood Canal, the area is threaded with a combination freshwater ponds and forested wetlands on the upland side, tidal wetlands in the salt marsh, and an estuary at the mouth of the river. Artistic touches, including native plant gardens, carved totems, and other sculptures, enhance the wildlife experience. Interpretive trails and interactive displays offered at the educational center make Theler Wetlands one of the best places to introduce children to birding. Habitats: Freshwater and tidal marshes, wetland, mixed forest, riparian, mudflats. Specialty birds: Brant; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Peregrine Falcon; Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Purple Martin.

Theler Wetlands Professional Review and Guide

"Water defines the Theler Wetlands. Bounded on two sides by the Union River and Hood Canal, the area is threaded with a combination freshwater ponds and forested wetlands on the upland side, tidal wetlands in the salt marsh, and an estuary at the mouth of the river. Artistic touches, including native plant gardens, carved totems, and other sculptures, enhance the wildlife experience. Interpretive trails and interactive displays offered at the educational center make Theler Wetlands one of the best places to introduce children to birding.

Habitats: Freshwater and tidal marshes, wetland, mixed forest, riparian, mudflats. Specialty birds: Brant; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Peregrine Falcon; Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Purple Martin."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Belfair
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Theler Wetlands

Recent Trail Reviews

7/3/2005
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Great place for birding. The Theler Wetlands is part of the Hood Canal Wetlands Project and the combined property includes a large portion of the Hood Canal tideflats and the Union River estuary. There is a good trail that goes up the Union River where few park visitors venture so you can get away from the crowds and get more exercise. Take your kids since this place is very intriguing and educational. Also, try to schedule your trip during a high tide to see more wildlife.



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May 2018