Quilomene Wildlife Area

Vantage, Washington

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The Quilomene Wildlife Area may be the easiest place in the state to see Sage Sparrows, Sage Thrashers, and other birds associated with the dwindling shrub-steppe habitat that makes up much of this rugged wildlife area. If you are lucky and you time things right, many of these birds can be seen right alongside the Vantage Highway at the entrance to the wildlife area. But if you really want to see the natural diversity of the area, which in combination with the Colockum Wildlife Area to the north covers a wide swath of mountain land between Vantage and Wenatchee, you have to explore the rugged backroads of the Quilomene. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, mountain riparian, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific Slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow.

Quilomene Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"The Quilomene Wildlife Area may be the easiest place in the state to see Sage Sparrows, Sage Thrashers, and other birds associated with the dwindling shrub-steppe habitat that makes up much of this rugged wildlife area. If you are lucky and you time things right, many of these birds can be seen right alongside the Vantage Highway at the entrance to the wildlife area. But if you really want to see the natural diversity of the area, which in combination with the Colockum Wildlife Area to the north covers a wide swath of mountain land between Vantage and Wenatchee, you have to explore the rugged backroads of the Quilomene.

Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, mountain riparian, cliffs. Specialty birds: Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific Slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Vantage
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round, but late spring and summer for specific shrub-steppe species
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Quilomene Wildlife Area

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May 2018