Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Hoquiam, Washington

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Despite its stature as one of the four largest shorebird staging areas in North America, the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge wasn’t established until 1990.The refuge designation saved nearly 1,500 acres of the best tidal feeding areas on the West Coast from potential development as an industrial park, much to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of shorebirds and thousands of birders who flock to the area each spring to view the migration. Habitats: Mixed forest, mudflat, salt marsh. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Brown Pelican; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; Willet; Wandering Tattler; Marbled Godwit; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Rednecked Phalarope; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hutton’s Vireo.

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Despite its stature as one of the four largest shorebird staging areas in North America, the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge wasn’t established until 1990.The refuge designation saved nearly 1,500 acres of the best tidal feeding areas on the West Coast from potential development as an industrial park, much to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of shorebirds and thousands of birders who flock to the area each spring to view the migration. Habitats: Mixed forest, mudflat, salt marsh.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; Brown Pelican; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Black-bellied Plover; Willet; Wandering Tattler; Marbled Godwit; Red Knot; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Rednecked Phalarope; Heerman’s, Bonaparte’s, Mew, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Band-tailed Pigeon; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hutton’s Vireo."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Hoquiam
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 14 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018