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Field Trips

Sign up now for great field trips!  Spaces still available!   Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula are teeming with seabirds in the winter! There are great places for birdwatching from shore or by boat, hiking, kayaking and many many more outdoor activities.

As part of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group in February 2017 in Tacoma, WA, we offer two field trips on Sunday 26 February 2017 to explore beautiful and interesting sights in the Puget Sound area.  See below for field trip information or download a PDF here. All field trips include return transportation from the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. 

Pre-registration is required and is available via RegOnline.  Field trips can be added after you have registered. If you need help modifying your registration, please follow the instructions in this handy RegOnline Guide – How to Modify Your PSG Registration.

For questions about the field trips, please contact the Local Committee: locochair@pacificseabirdgroup.org

Option 1: Birding at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday 26 February 2017
8 AM – 2 PM
Cost: USD $60, per person
Space still available!
Register now – click here!
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Peter Hodum.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Peter Hodum.

Join a group of expert local birders at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is approximately 40 minutes south of Tacoma, at the confluence of the Nisqually River and the marine waters of Puget Sound. The Nisqually River is in one of the more pristine watersheds in the region.

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge underwent the largest restoration effort in Puget Sound in 2009 and now offers a mix of tidally influenced habitat, freshwater wetlands and wooded areas all accessible by trails. There are excellent opportunities to observe myriad marine birds, including sea ducks and black brant on Nisqually Reach, which fatten up before migrating north. You might even hear Pacific tree frogs chorusing. You can also learn about the history of Nisqually NWR, which was established in February 1974 – Happy 43nd Birthday!

More information on the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge? Check the US Fish and Wildlife Service website for lots of great information.
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/billy_frank_jr_nisqually/

What does the field trip cost include? Lunch, return transportation from Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, and a guided tour by expert, local birders.

Field trip logistics? Before the conference, field trip information on the logistics and recommended gear will be emailed to people who have registered.

What to bring? Dress warmly! It will be winter in the Pacific Northwest – plan for rain, wind, and cold temperatures near or slightly above freezing (45-50°F or 6-10°C).  What’s the weather in Tacoma?  Check here! 

Option 2: Protection Island Seabird Cruise on Puget Sound

Sunday 26 February 2017
10 AM – 6 PM
Cost: USD $155, per person
Space still available!
Minimum 15 people, Maximum 31 people.
Register now – click here!
Protection Island, WA. Photo credit: Peter Hodum

Protection Island, WA. Photo credit: Peter Hodum

Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge is located near the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Nearly 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Straits nest on the island (e.g., rhinoceros auklets, tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots and glaucous-winged gulls). The island is located near seabird hotspots, including thousands of overwintering seabirds including sea ducks, waterfowl and shorebirds. We will board Puget Sound Express’ M/V Glacier Spirit in Edmonds (about 1 hour north of Tacoma) for a four-hour cruise. On-board interpreters will provide commentary on local birds, mammals, geology, history and weather.

What does the field trip cost include? Lunch, return transportation from Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, and a 3-hour guided tour by expert, local birders aboard the M/V Glacier Spirit.

 

Field trip logistics? This is a 3-hour cruise with Puget Sound Express that will depart from Port Townsend (transportation from Tacoma included in the cost); Port Townsend is 90 mins from Tacoma.  Before the conference, field trip information on the logistics of the ground transportation, boat trip, and recommended gear will be emailed to people who have registered.

M/V Glacier Spirit

M/V Glacier Spirit

What to bring? Dress warmly! It will be winter in the Pacific Northwest – plan for rain, wind, and cold temperatures near or slightly above freezing (45-50°F or 6-10°C).What’s the weather in Port Townsend?  Check here! 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 3: Custom and Self-guided Tours

There are several great options for custom and self-guided tours of the area if you are interested in exploring the Olympic Peninsula or around the Pacific Northwest. These options are not on RegOnline.

Olympic Peninsula

Create a custom tour of the Olympic Peninsula, including the Elwha River and Olympic National Park! The PSG 2017 Annual Meeting Local Committee has coordinated with local tour guide Carolyn Wilcox to allow you to create a custom tour with her if you and a small group are so inclined. Transportation to/from Port Angeles is required. Reservations are required so call today to book your tour.

Experience Olympic LLC
Tour Guide Carolyn Wilcox
Tel: 1-360-808-9237
Email: tours@experienceolympic.com
website: http://experienceolympic.com/why/guide

Tacoma area

Point Defiance Zoo and Park
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/point-defiance-park
http://www.pdza.org/

Vashon Island

Take a ferry from Point Defiance to Vashon Island and spend the day birding at Quartermaster Harbor, eating local food, and enjoying the island culture.
http://www.vashonchamber.com/

Pacific Northwest

Interested in seeing Mount Rainier, Snoqualmie Falls, the North Cascades, or perhaps doing some wine tasting or guided tours of Seattle? Evergreen Escapes has you covered.
https://www.evergreenescapes.com/

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PSG Secretary
Jane Dolliver
secretary@pacificseabirdgroup.org

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