Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca
March 16-March 17
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.