Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: September – October 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



Date and Time: 8:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7

Cost: Free

Leader: Bob Boekelheide

Meeting Place: Dungeness Landing Park

Features: Help celebrate World Shorebird Day (Sept.6) with OPAS on Saturday, September 7.  It’s an incoming tide that morning, so the birding should be excellent. We will be moving to 3 Crabs then back to Dungeness Landing.

Bring: Bring a scope if you have one. 

Further Information:  Contact Bob Boekelheide or (360) 808-0196


Ocean Shores (Field Trip Full)

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


Fall Birding for Beginners and Newcomers

Date and Time: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, September 21th

Cost: Free

Leader: Marie Grad

Meeting Place: Outside the Dungeness River Audubon Center

Features: Interested in the birds that you see in your yard or on your walk? Seen something you want to identify? Join local birders for a walk in the Park. All levels welcome.

Bring: Bring binoculars if you have them, some loaners may be available. We will be walking along the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) up to the Railroad Bridge so wear comfy shoes.

Further Information:  Contact Marie Grad 360 620-4035


Point No Point

Date and Time:  Thursday, September 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Leader:  John Gatchet

Meeting Place:  Point No Point Lighthouse Parking Lot

Features:  Salt water, marsh, and shoreline bird species will be the focus of this field trip.  Parasitic Jaeger and Bonaparte’s Gull are among the target species.  We will visit several birding hotspots in this area.  This spot is also known for rare birds and so we will be looking for unexpected species as well.  There will be some walking on trails and rocky beach areas with uneven ground.

Bring:  Binoculars, spotting scope, water and snacks as well as appropriate clothing for the weather.

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


Fort Flagler State Park

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leader:  John Gatchet

Meeting Place:  Parking area at the entrance to the park.

Cost: The trip is free, but either a day pass or a Discover Pass is needed for the state park.

Features:  Forest, salt water, shoreline and marsh bird species will be the focus of this field trip.  This is a large park and we will be visiting all the prime locations in this beautiful area.  There will be walking on trails and hiking on uneven cobblestone beaches.  Expect 60 bird species as we visit a variety of habitats.

Bring:  Binoculars, spotting scope, water, snacks/lunch as well as appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.

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