Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: July – August 2019

By John Gatchet and Marie Grad


Please Note: Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is instituting a new policy for field trips.  We are asking for field trip participants to sign a liability release form the day of the trip.  This signed form will be good for future field trips. The form will not be necessary for the Wednesday Bird Walks. You can review, download, and print the form in advance by clicking here.


Wednesday Bird Walks

Date and Time:   Every Wednesday morning at 8:30 a. m.

Meeting Place:  Outside the Dungeness River Audubon Center

Features:  Easy guided bird walk through Railroad Bridge Park to see birds of the Dungeness River riparian area and adjacent fields and open areas.

Bring:  Binoculars, scope, water, snack, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Cost: Free


Hurricane Ridge

Date and Time:  Sunday, July 14, 8:00 a. m. – 2:30 p.m.

Leader:  John Gatchet

Cost:  Free, however a park pass is required.

Meeting Place: Olympic National Park Visitor’s Center Parking Lot

Features:    We will walk trails at ONP Visitor’s Center and in the Hurricane Ridge area.  There will be stops at pullouts on the way up to Hurricane Ridge.  The emphasis will be on forest and alpine birds.  A number of species will be identified by sound.  Hiking should be planned for some uneven surfaces.      

Bring: Binoculars, water, snacks and appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking and the weather.  Participants will need a park pass or car pool with those having one.

Further information: Contact John Gatchet,  (503) 781-5043


Purple Martin Outing

Date & Time: Friday,  Aug 2, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Leader: Ken Wiersema

Meeting place: 3 Crabs parking area

Cost: Free

Features: This outing focuses on our local Purple Martin colony out on the 3 new for 2019 steel pilings replacing the old wooden Dungeness Pier. This spring we installed 22 new tube type nest boxes to accommodate the Martins. By August, some Martin young have fledged and it’s a sweet opportunity to watch adults and fledglings interact before they stage-up and head to South America in their winter migration.

Bring: Binoculars, scopes, wear calf level boots (as we will be walking out on to the wet, soft, sand tideflats for a close look at the Martin nest colony) and personal items as desired.

Further Information: Contact: Ken Wiersema / phone (360) 460-5515


Dungeness Rec Area

Date and Time:  Friday, August 9th,  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leader:  Stacey Fradkin

Meeting Place:  1st parking lot to left AFTER you drive through gate

Cost:  Free

Features:  This is a walk-about for local land birds. Sparrows, chickadees, thrushes, warblers, vireos and flycatchers all nest in this unique ecosystem; and with fledging done, many species are wandering about. This will be a listening, looking and searching out resident adults and fledglings outing. The trail is moderately strenuous, with some hills. Bring your binoculars.

Further Information: Contact Stacey Fradkin 670-3153


Neah Bay

Date and Time:  Sunday, August 25, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Leader:  John Gatchet

Meeting place:  Washburn’s Store on Highway 112 (Bay View Ave.) in Neah Bay

Cost: Free, however a Makah Nation Recreation Pass ($10 and good for one calendar year) is required for each vehicle and can be purchased at Washburn’s Store or the Mini Mart in Neah Bay.

Features:  The best hotspots in the Neah Bay area will be covered with an emphasis on both water and land birds.  Expect the unexpected and 70 or more species. There will be some walking on the beach.  This will be a day of birding and we will finish with a drive up Bahokus Peak for those with high clearance vehicles suitable for travel on logging roads.

Bring:  Binoculars, spotting scope, water, snacks, lunch and clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.

Further Information:  John Gatchet,, (503) 781-5043.


Ocean Shores

Dates: Monday and Tuesday September 16 and 17

Meeting place & time: 8:00 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Brown Point Jetty at the south end of Ocean Shores Boulevard. Tuesday’s starting time and place will be determined later.

Cost: Free but participants pay for own lodging and meals

Leader: Judith White

Features: Migrating shorebirds of Grays Harbor and other Pacific Coastal spots. Rarities are always a possibility.

Activity level: Walking on uneven surfaces in dunes and marshes.  Driving between birding locations.

Bring: Optics, water, lunch for both days, footwear for walking, especially on beaches, and clothing for any weather changes.

Preregistration (required!)  Further Information: Judith White (206) 641-1842