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Wildlife & Birding in Seattle NorthCountry

The Cascade Loop begins and ends in regions close to Puget Sound. According to the National Wildlife Federation, "The Puget Sound ecosystem is rich in marine, freshwater, and wetland species, including invertebrates, birds, fish, mammals, underwater plants like eelgrass, and tiny aquatic organisms called plankton." Within this area, there are also many smaller ecosystems supporting diverse specials of invertebrates, mammals and birdlife.

Wildlife Viewing

Look for more than 3,000 species of invertebrates including Geoduck Clams, Oysters, Octopus, Sea Urchins, Dungeness Crab and Sea Stars. Puget Sound Marine mammals include orca, gray and humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters and harbor seals. Your best bet for seeing all of these is to book a trip with Island Adventures.

Virginia Opossum, Shrew (Vagrant and Water), Mole (Coast, Townsend's, American Shrew-Moles), Eastern Cottontail, Nutria, Townsend's Chipmunk, Douglas Squirrel, Northern Flying Squirrel, Pacific Jumping Mouse, Bushy-Tailed Woodrat, Norway Rat, Voles (Townsend's, Long-Tailed, Southern Red-Backed and Western Heather), Porcupine, Mountain Beaver, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Coyote, Red Fox, Black Bear, Raccoon, Short-Tailed and Long-Tailed Weasel, Mink, American Marten, Northern River Otters, Striped and Western Spotted Skunks, Mule and Black-Tailed Deer

Deer enjoying a meal in the woods

Bald Eagle

Key Birding Locations

Lowell Riverfront Trail. Riverfront. 1.75-mile, multi-use trail featuring 10-foot-wide paved path that also includes views of Mt. Baker, Rainier and the Cascades.

Pine Siskin, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Sparrows (Fox, Harris's and White-Crowned), Bald Eagles, Hawks (Red-Tailed, Sharp-Shinned and Cooper's), Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Bullock's Oriole, Great-Horned Owl, Double-Crested Cormorant, Barrow's Goldeneye


Jetty Island. Half-mile wide, 2-mile long sandy island park.

Caspian Tern, Glaucous-winged Gull, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Plover (Black-bellied and Semipalmated), Short-billed Dowitchers, Sandpipers (Least, Spotted and Western), Pigeon Guillemot


North and South View ParksTidal mud flats, shallow bay and neighboring city parks

Osprey, Purple Martin, Bald Eagles, Merlin, Red-Necked Grebe, American Wigeon, Brant, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, Mew Gul


Spencer Island412-acre Island and tidal estuary.

Swallows (Tree and Violet-Green), Osprey, Wood Ducks, Blue-Winged Teal, Western Tanagers, Black-Headed Grosbeaks, Band-Tailed Pigeons, Red-Eyed Vireos, Common Yellowthroats, Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Northern Harriers, Belted Kingfishers, Woodpeckers (Pileated, Downy and Hairy), Northern Flickers, Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Dowitchers (Long-Billed and Short-Billed), Merlin, Peregrine Falcons, Orange-Crowned Warblers, Lincoln Sparrow

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