Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Naturalist Trip - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent birding hotspot with an abundance of shorebirds and riparian forest dwelling birds. There will be frequent stops and travel will be generally slow-paced. Lets see how many birds we can find!

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Pace: Slow with many stops

We will meet at the viewing deck  by the restrooms and gift shop  at 8:00 AM ready to hike.  We will have introductions, review safety, the route, answer any questions, and then be on our way.  Our route will be ruled by the tides.  We'll want to be at the board walk over  the mudflats as the tide comes in.  The tide will push any shorebirds in the area towards us.  We'll walk the riparian trails  at high tide.

The mudflats  are an exposed area that its often windy, chilly and sunny. Use  sun protection; long sleeves, sun block and hat. The walk in the forested areas are often very pleasant with plenty of woodland birds.


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

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