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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge — Friday, Mar. 2, 2018

Puget Sound and Islands

Last Friday marked the first team hike of 2018 for the Youth Team! One of the many benefits of working for a hiking non-profit, is being able to take some time away from the office to discuss different programs and to spend time with co-workers while surrounded by nature.

As a team we spent the day strolling around Nisqually National Wildlife Area. It’s a nice area to stop if you like taking driving breaks along I5, but what really draws on goers to the area is the abundance of birds.

We set out from the parking lot around 11:30 am with our binoculars in hand, hoping to spot some interesting creatures. As we made our way on the Estuary Boardwalk Trail, we stop to appreciate some of the different birds along the way. Including: mallards, bulkheads, two herons and a group of red winged blackbirds. Our walk led us all the way to the end of the pier which provided a neat view of the landscape in its waterless state. 

The Nisqually Wildlife Area is a great place to watch the birds and provides well maintained walking paths. Next time I am traveling from Seattle to Vancouver, I am definitely going to break the drive up by stopping here.