The 10th Annual Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival

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……………………………………….Watching Washington Wildlife


Watchable wildlife includes a wide array of state animals, some as common as a familiar bird at a backyard feeder, some briefly passing through on seasonal migrations, some rarely-seen species that provide the dedicated viewer with a reward for hours of patient waiting.

Besides the animals themselves, watchable wildlife describes an increasingly popular pursuit for many residents. Wildlife viewing is a pastime that can be enjoyed in any season, in any corner of the state, by any age group. Unlike some activities, special equipment is not required. Wildlife watchers need to come equipped only with a sense of appreciation for the state's living resources and the knowledge of where to look for them. We hope you will find this site helpful in meeting that need.

There is great information on the
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s site on different ways and how to Watch Washington’s Wildlife.


Watching Waterfowl...

  • Use binoculars and bird viewing guides to identify and safely observe birds. Vehicles are excellent “portable” viewing blinds, stop only in appropriate pull-off areas.
  • To learn more about Washington’s waterfowl, visit

Watching Each Other...

  • Remember the local Farmers are our hosts! - Please respect their property - it’s their livelihood!!!! If a property is posted as “Private Property” - DO NOT TRESPASS.
  • Be mindful of your actions, raising your voice or slamming car doors may scare the birds away.

Watch The Road...

  • Be cautious on narrow roads and remember to always give the right-away to farm trucks and equipment
  • Parking and/or stopping on the shoulder of a road is not int a danger to you and others - it may be illegal.

What To Look For...

  • Telltale signs: Binocular signs along the highway mark hundreds of wildlife viewing areas as described in Washington state guide books
  • Home on the range: When searching for a species, learn it’s preferred habitat prior to your outing.

When To Look...

  • Become sunrise and season savvy. Discover which time of day and season is the optimal time to view the animals you seek.
  • Most wildlife activity can be seen at dawn or dusk. Check local viewing areas for visiting hours and investigate migratory species patterns.

What To Bring...

  • Dress for success: Layers are recommended for unpredictable weather. Varied temperatures and precipitation can creep up on you unexpectedly.
  • Gear: Consider bringing along a camera, binoculars, spotting scope, skitch pad and field guides. Water is an absolute - food and snacks are optional.
  • Over the years we had watched and listened to Festival attendees as well as to other local and visiting birders. Here is a list of suggested items you may want to bring at least think about bringing along. Learn More

What To Do...

  • Fade into the woodwork: Avoid touching or disturbing the wildlife, which can threaten their survival and breeding success.
  • Let patience reward you: Noises and sudden movements can scare wildlife. Slow down and see what you can discover. The goal is to observe wildlife behaving as if you weren’t there.
  • Tread lightly: Pack out what you pack in and always stay on the marked trail and in marked viewing areas.
  • Be a good guest: Be mindful of how your actions affect others. Help Watching Washington Wildlife be shared.

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