Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Urban Adventure - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Casual walk through the refuge taking photos of birds migrating back through the area.

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  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi

Meet at the kiosk outside the visitor center at 9am. We will start walking no later than 9:15am.

We will be stopping when we see things to identify and/or take photos. Plan on at least three hours at the refuge.

Pack sack lunch since there is no food facilities at the refuge.

What to expect: Waterfowl numbers increasing. Wintering songbirds start arriving (Northern shrike, winter wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, varied thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, and sparrows). Peregrine falcons, merlins, and American kestrels arrive to forage on wintering birds. Bald eagles hunt waterfowl flocks.

Weather - If it's lightly misting, we will still have the event. However, if rain will be constant, we will reschedule the trip. I will check the forecast the afternoon before the field trip and send an email update to everyone on the roster (so be sure to keep an eye out for it).

Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. An Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Pass, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit the pass holder and 3 additional adults (over age 16). Children 16 and under enter free. Each of these passes are available for purchase at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Administration Office and Visitor Center. All proceeds from entrance fees and passes go back into Nisqually NWR programs.

Cloth face coverings are required and must be worn when passing others or when closer than 6' to others in the party.

All group members must carry either alcohol-based  hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap.

This activity will be structured to maintain 6' whenever possible (brief periods closer than 6’ are acceptable).


Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Water, snacks, appropriate outerwear and sturdy shoes.

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