Wenas Basin

Selah, Washington

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It’s hard to beat the bird-watching diversity in the Wenas Basin. From the shores of Wenas Lake, which offer some of the best shorebird-watching in eastern Washington, to the canyons that reach down into the basin from atop Cleman Mountain and Umtanum Ridge and the riparian habitats along Wenas Creek, the area has a lot to offer. Habitats: Mountain riparian, mixed forest, shrub-steppe. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; Blue Grouse; American Avocet; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Least, Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher.

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"It’s hard to beat the bird-watching diversity in the Wenas Basin. From the shores of Wenas Lake, which offer some of the best shorebird-watching in eastern Washington, to the canyons that reach down into the basin from atop Cleman Mountain and Umtanum Ridge and the riparian habitats along Wenas Creek, the area has a lot to offer. Habitats: Mountain riparian, mixed forest, shrub-steppe.

Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; Blue Grouse; American Avocet; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Flammulated and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers; Least, Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Selah
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,800 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wenas Wildlife Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Wenas Basin

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May 2018