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Pigeon Guillemot Survey

Pigeon Guillemot nesting survey – After a 2015 pilot Pigeon Guillemot nesting survey at Port Williams, the survey was organized and expanded in June, 2016 by Ed Bowlby. OPAS members are among the survey volunteers and training for monitoring nesting colonies of Pigeon Guillemots was provided by Francis Wood of Whidbey Audubon. Volunteers were trained to conduct weekly one-hour morning sessions (before 9:00 a.m.) at assigned beach locations from June thru September. Establishing teams for each Guillemot colony will allow for vacation for volunteers.

Current survey locations in Clallam County are  Mussel Beach, John Wayne Marina, the base of the Dungeness Spit, Bachelor Rock, Port Angeles, two sites at Panorama Vista, and several sites at Port Williams beach.

Read the 2018 Pigeon Guillemot breeding season report that compares 3 regional surveys, Clallam County, South Sound, and Whidbey Island.

If you have an interest in participating in the survey, please contact Ed Bowlby at

More information can be found at the project website: To read about breeding survey resources and the most current data findings, please click on this link. For the most recent data for Clallam County, click on this link (data may not be available for the current year until after September).