Naturalist Trip - Bottle Beach State Park


Naturalist Trip - Bottle Beach State Park

Think shorebirds, salt air, ocean spray, and the wonders of the marine world. This trip will start at Bottle Beach and work south to Grayland, Tokeland, and Willapa Bay. We will look for shorebirds, waterbirds, and migrant songbirds, and we may even see marine or even pelagic species. The trip leader is headed to the WOS conference in Long Beach and thought we might see many birds on the way. This is NOT a WOS trip, and people are welcome on this. I figure cars may peel off late afternoon to head back to Seattle. Several of us are staying for the weekend.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 20 ft

6:20 AM Leave Seattle; we will determine the meeting place later. The group can form carpools.

9:00 AM – Meet up at Bottle Beach. We will bird the boardwalk and some surrounding areas for land birds. We will scan the beach, but the tides will not be the best.

We will then caravan south from there.

The tides are not great for shorebirds at Bottle Beach but will be good at other places. We will look for land birds, particularly migrant birds, at Bottle Beach. Then, as we head south, we plan to stop at places like Westport Marina, Grayland Beach State Park, Tokeland, and others.

After Tokeland, we will circle Willapa Bay and head along its east side, looking for birds and other natural wonders. The exact places will be decided closer to our trip based on what other birders are finding and our scouting trip the weekend before. This will be a second exploration of this area.

Willapa Bay is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. It is critical for the conservation of shorebirds and a major stopover point on their migration. There is a lot of ecology, conservation, and fascinating natural history. Willapa Bay is also an important source of oysters in the United States. There are lots of ideas to explore and contemplate.

We can meet early in the day and decide on an official ending point at a certain time so cars can head back north.



Johns River State Wildlife Area & Bottle Beach State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring lunch, water, and drinks.

Bring binoculars; if you have a scope, please bring them too.

Bring the right shoes for walking trails, beaches, and possibly muddy areas.

Bring rain gear and layers.

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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