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Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

March 16-March 17

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This is an overnight trip leaving Olympia Saturday, March 16

and returning Sunday, March 17, with Saturday night in Port Angeles.

The focus is on seabirds at several locations on the Strait

of Juan de Fuca. The trip is especially suitable for beginning and

intermediate birders, but is open to birders of all skill levels

who would enjoy seeing birds, beaches, and the rocky shores

of the Olympic Peninsula in the early spring in the company of

others. We may make an initial stop on Hood Canal—perhaps

near Brinnon—then head for points on Sequim Bay,

the Three Crabs area, the Dungeness NWR on Dungeness

Spit, and then on to Port Angeles for dinner together and to stay

overnight. Sunday morning we plan to bird on Ediz Hook next

to Port Angeles, followed by Salt Creek County Park (about 15

miles west of Port Angeles), where we will look for Harlequin

Ducks, Black Turnstones, and Black Oystercatchers among the

waves crashing onto rocky headlands. If time permits and there

is interest, we can stop by the beautiful Elwha Valley before returning to

Olympia by 5 p.m. or before. There will be short walks up to half

a mile or a mile during the trip.

If possible, please register by March 4. E-mail Sam Merrill

at sammerrill3@nullcomcast.net to register.

There is a limit of 12 people for this trip. Carpooling may be

arranged. We will meet at the Fire Station at 125 Delphi Rd just

north of its intersection with Mud Bay Rd at 8:00 a.m.

on Saturday, March 16. Bring binoculars, a scope to share if you

have one, and warm clothes as shore locations can be windy.

Bring any other supplies or accessories you need to be comfortable.

Please make your own lodging plans in Port Angeles. There

are many hotels and B & Bs. See TripAdvisor.com or your preferred

travel website for details. Recommended budget-friendly

accommodations are Port Angeles Inn (where the leaders plan

to stay), Royal Victorian Inn, and Super 8; higher-end lodgings

include The Red Lion and Olympia Lodge.


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McLane Fire Station
125 Delphi Road
Olympia, WA United States
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Carpool Meeting Spot
Meet Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the McLane Fire Station at 125 Delphi Road.