Kennedy Creek and Kennedy Creek Estuary are magnets for many species of wintering birds. Raptors feed on chum carcasses. Peregrines feed on Dunlin, peeps and other little shorebirds. Gulls and shorebirds feed on krill and other niblets left by falling tides. There is a viewing area overlooking the preserve and Oyster Bay. You will be standing and watching and waiting for this field trip, so be sure to dress very warmly. Stay for as long or as little as you wish. Bring the best binoculars that you have. Bring a scope if you have that.
From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 104 toward Port Angeles/Aberdeen (westbound WA-8/ US-101). Continue about 4.5 miles and exit to the right to remain on US-101 northbound (toward Port Angeles). Travel about 11 miles and then, after crossing the highway bridge at Kennedy Creek, exit to the right on Old Olympic Highway. Continue past the small parking area visible from the highway, travelling another 0.2 mile and the Kennedy Creek NAP parking area is on the right. A short path leads to an overlook with interpretive signs. The parking lot accommodates about 5 cars or vans, and each vehicle must have a Discover Pass.