Wawawai Canyon

Pullman, Washington

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Wawawai County Park and the drive down Wawawai Canyon feature some of the best birding in the Pullman area. The route passes farm fields, orchards, and a steep riparian area along Wawawai Creek in the canyon before meeting the green oasis at the park, which offers a platform with views of wetland habitat at the head of Wawawai Bay as well as an upland interpretive walk that leaves the irrigated park grass behind for glimpses of native grasses and flowers on a hillside overlooking the park and campground. Habitats: Lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, prairie. Specialty birds: Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagle; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbird; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.
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by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

Wawawai County Park and the drive down Wawawai Canyon feature some of the best birding in the Pullman area. The route passes farm fields, orchards, and a steep riparian area along Wawawai Creek in the canyon before meeting the green oasis at the park, which offers a platform with views of wetland habitat at the head of Wawawai Bay as well as an upland interpretive walk that leaves the irrigated park grass behind for glimpses of native grasses and flowers on a hillside overlooking the park and campground.

Habitats: Lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, prairie. Specialty birds: Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagle; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbird; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.

©  Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Pullman
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wawawai County Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Wawawai Canyon

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May 2018