Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Day Hike - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
8:15 AM at Nisqually Visitors Center Observation Deck
I-5, Exit 114. Turn west at stoplight after exiting. Go west under I-5, then turn north. Complete early p.m., depending on group. Restrooms at both ends of walk. No elevation gain. We’ll explore the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) habitats for raptors, waterfowl, marsh, brushy, mixed and riparian woodland birds. Walk approx. 2 miles with frequent stops. Bring hiking shoes, lunch, snack, liquids, binoculars and enthusiasm to learn and share what you know. Raingear, hat, camera and layers recommended. Beginning to advanced birders all welcomed. We will work together to find the birds. Scopes welcomed. Visitors center for buying wildlife books and clothing after field trip. Day use fee of $3 per car. Please sign-up by email at To drive salmon recovery, the outer NWR dike is being removed, allowing the natural regeneration of estuary habitat and tidal channels on 700 acres. It will be facinating to see how this project impacts salmon and other wildlife populations. As wildlife habitat has been lost to development, NWR has become an increasingly important refuge for wildlife, especially migratory birds. For some birds, NWR is a place to feed and rest before continuing on. For others it is the end of their season's journey. Will birds find new habitat in NWR? Will migrators look down and say "Yikes Ethyl, our favorite bed and breakfast disappeared! Let's fly to the next rest stop." Or maybe it will be, "Dude, let's crash that action!"). Time will tell. On April 11...fasten your seatbelts. Day of trip cell: 206-418-9149.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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