Crab Creek Wildlife Area

Beverly, Washington

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It is no wonder that the riparian areas along Crab Creek are such a draw for birds. As the only source of water for miles around, the creek offers an oasis for birds and other wildlife that extends from the shore of the Columbia River near Beverly to the far-away source of the creek a few miles west of Spokane. All of this water filtered through the sunshine of eastern Washington gathers in the Crab Creek Wildlife Area, where shrub-steppe habitat modified by years of grazing meets the wetlands under the shadow of the Saddle Mountains. Habitats: Lowland riparian, freshwater marsh, wetland, prairie, modified shrub-steppe, cliffs. Specialty birds: American White Pelican; Great Egret; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks; Chukar; Sandhill Crane; Short-eared, Snowy, and Burrowing Owls; Cassin’s Vireo; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow.

Crab Creek Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"It is no wonder that the riparian areas along Crab Creek are such a draw for birds. As the only source of water for miles around, the creek offers an oasis for birds and other wildlife that extends from the shore of the Columbia River near Beverly to the far-away source of the creek a few miles west of Spokane. All of this water filtered through the sunshine of eastern Washington gathers in the Crab Creek Wildlife Area, where shrub-steppe habitat modified by years of grazing meets the wetlands under the shadow of the Saddle Mountains.

Habitats: Lowland riparian, freshwater marsh, wetland, prairie, modified shrub-steppe, cliffs. Specialty birds: American White Pelican; Great Egret; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks; Chukar; Sandhill Crane; Short-eared, Snowy, and Burrowing Owls; Cassin’s Vireo; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Beverly
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 550 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Crab Creek Wildlife Area

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May 2018