Washington State July 2016


The Cascade Mountains & Olympic Peninsula

July 6 to 14, 2016  

Click here to download the species list for this tour.

The Pacific Northwest is a scenic region that offers excellent summer birding. This tour explores three distinct areas: the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia Basin, and the singular Olympic Peninsula. The range of habitats offers a great variety of breeding birds: some widespread in the western U.S. and some quite local; our early July time-frame should also coincide with the start of fall shorebird migration. The varied terrain and habitats—from Snoqualmie Pass, where we may encounter Black Swifts or Band-tailed Pigeons, through arid steppes around Moses Lake that are home to Golden Eagles and singing Sage Thrashers, to the incredibly rich marine waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca where thousands of Rhinoceros Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, gulls, and other waterbirds concentrate—offer a chance to sample Washington’s avian wealth and beautiful scenery.


Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and end no later than 6:00 p.m.  The trip involves easy-to-moderate walking on varied terrain.
Weather will be variable on this trip, from hot and dry conditions around Ellensburg to cooler temps and higher humidity on the Olympic Peninsula.  Expect a temperature range from lows in the low-60s to highs around 90F degrees.  Rain or thunderstorms are always possible; bring a rain jacket or poncho.  Biting insects such as mosquitoes and no-see-ums may be present.

Travel during this tour will be in vans, with no more than seven participants plus a leader in one van.

TOUR SIZE: Tour size is limited to 12 participants.  

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

DATES: Wednesday July 6, 2016 (meet at our hotel in Seattle at 7:00 p.m.) to Thursday July 14, 2016 (flights home anytime that day)
PRICE: Cost for this tour is $ 2,795/person based on double occupancy; single supplement (should you request single occupancy, or we are unable to find you a suitable roommate) $375. A deposit of $500 will hold your place until May 20, 2016 when full payment becomes due.

Hotel accommodations for eight nights, tour leadership, ground transportation while in Washington, ferry fees, and park entry fees.  It does not include meals, gratuities, or anything of a personal nature. Airfare from your home to/from Seattle is not included.

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel,
600 Route 47 North,
Cape May Court House NJ 08210

tel. 609-861-0700.

Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon.

OR  via email to travel@njaudubon.org

Scott Barnes began birding more than thirty years ago and has been an avid naturalist ever since.  Encouragement and learning came from his parents and many birders, including members of the Delaware Valley and Urner Ornithological Clubs and staff of New Jersey Audubon.  An interest in natural history travel has led him from the Bering Sea in Alaska to the thorn scrub deserts of Arizona to the remote tropical forests of Darien Province in Panama.   Scott is an eBird regional editor, compiles the Sandy Hook Christmas Bird Count, leads on See Life Paulagics boat trips, and served for 13 years as a voting member and chair of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee. He is assistant director for the NJ Audubon Eco-Travel.  Scott has led NJ Audubon tours to 26 states in the U.S. and six countries.

Linda Mack
’s interest in birding began more than twenty-five years ago on a Cape May Weekend and she has been hooked ever since.  She served as a member of New Jersey Audubon’s Board of Directors for 14 years, continues to serve on NJA’s conservation committee, is a current member of the NJ Bird Records Committee, and is an Associate Naturalist for All Things Birds.  She is a past President, Program Chair, and Conservation Chair for Monmouth County Audubon Society.  Linda has traveled extensively throughout North America and to Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama in Central America. Her infectious enthusiasm and willingness to share knowledge are well known.  She has co-led tours to 22 states in the U.S., and is a regular leader on long weekend trips to coastal Massachusetts, the Adirondack Mountains, and Bombay Hook, as well as the Cape May Fall Weekend.