Birding the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

At last, we find ourselves on our first visit to an official birding sanctuary in Olympia, Washington. Where the freshwater of the Nisqually River meets the southern edge of the Puget Sound, the estuary habitat is shared by the lands of the Nisqually Indian Tribe, a hunting area by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Service, […]

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The Hoh Rainforest

We enter the Hall of Moss where velvety green giants drape over our heads and cover the forest floor with a blanket of sprouts. Now that we’re away from the crowd our steps lighten as we slowly scan the scene for animals among the world of green. Derek takes his time with his binoculars tilted […]

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Learning to Bird as a Verb

Tall socks, tucked over jeans, in the heart of the woods. Eyes up, on the prowl, for the source of rhythmic melodies. What was that? A flash of orange, darts from one branch to the next. Are you a distant traveler or just a Robin on her nest? Lift up each step, so as not […]

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