GRAYS HARBOR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The refuge protects an area of mud flats on the Grays Harbor
shoreline where tens of thousands of shorebirds stop to feed
on their migration between Mexico and Alaska. A one mile
walk from the parking lot alongside a small airport brings you
to the Sandpiper Trail - a one mile boardwalk that brings you
through a pretty forest and out to the shore. The view here is
tremendous of the water and nearby forested cliffs. I must
admit that the little shorebirds are underwhelming to the
untrained eye: they are very small and all look alike - despite
there being up to 16 different species.
In late April or early May a Shorebird Festival brings a crowd
to the refuge and educates the new birdwatchers.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
by Bob Kelly
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