Olympic Peninsula

with Audubon Naturalist Society

July 7 - 15, 2017

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August 12 - 20, 2017

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    The Olympic Peninsula, at the northwestern tip of Washington, is a remarkable mix of rugged mountains, vast old-growth forests, and wild coastline.  Much of the peninsula is protected as Olympic National Park.  On each of these two depertures our groups will explore the natural history of this dynamic region in search for birds and other wildlife.  The groups will also observe wildflowers and gigantic trees, and learn about the vibrant ecology of the rugged Pacific Ocean coast.

    Our journey is designed to visit a great variety of scenic places and to immerse ourselves in nature study.  We’ll learn about the underlying geology of the mountains and coast, learn about the many habitats of this region, and learn to identify the most common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.  We’ll discuss some of the region’s conservation issues, and we will visit the Elwha River, where dams were recently removed and the river is returning to its wild state.  Much of our time will be spent searching for birds and other wildlife.  From Bald Eagles, Heermann’s Gulls (below), and Rhinoceros Auklets on the coast to Sooty Grouse (at right) and Red Crossbills in the mountains, Harbor Seals to Olympic Chipmunks, there is much wildlife to enjoy in this part of the world.

    Immerse yourself in this world of intense greenery, gigantic trees, snowy mountains, and rugged coastline.  Enjoy rich spectacles of birds and other wildlife.  For the full trip itinerary please click here.  Registrations are handed by the Audubon Naturalist Society.

Brown Pelican over the Pacific Ocean at sunset from the Olympic Peninsula.