A Paddler's Guide to Birds of PNW Rocky Coastlines

For paddlers and non-paddlers alike, enjoy this bird guide from sea kayak leader, Esther Andrews. Whether you're on the waters or on the shoreline, this bird guide is perfect for your next aqueous adventure.
Esther Andrews Esther Andrews
Sea Kayak Leader
June 24, 2023
A Paddler's Guide to Birds of PNW Rocky Coastlines

I enjoy sea kayaking and watching the birds along the way, but I'm definitely not a birder who has the book memorized, so I need a little extra help to figure out what I'm looking at. Years ago, I picked up a laminated coastal bird guide, only to find that most birds I saw paddling were not included, while some of the birds featured in the guide weren't common in our rocky coastal habitat or even in our state. That's when I decided to make my own bird cheat sheet. A version of it has gone on many family outings over the years and helped get the next generation hooked on paddling and birding. I hope you will get the same enjoyment out of it!



This article originally appeared in our summer 2023 issue of Mountaineer magazine. To view the original article in magazine form and read more stories from our publication, visit our magazine archive.

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Juliane Gust
Juliane Gust says:
Jun 26, 2023 11:00 AM

Loving it and it has already helped me identify the Pigeon Guillemot on a recent paddle. Can Mountaineers Books turn these into laminated guides to buy? I am sure I'm not the only one who helplessly throws up their hands at the prospect of making a waterproof guide out of a PDF :)