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Dugualla Preserve and Its Winter Birds

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February 4 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

Guide: Jay Adams and Whidbey Audubon Society

Jay Adams has been an avid birder since 1975. Birding has taken him across the US, Alaska, and Mexico. He regularly leads independent birding trips, which are enlivened by his keen understanding of bird identification, behavior, habitat, and conservation. Jay has presented classes at Sound Waters University and at the annual Sound Water Stewards Volunteer Training Course.

He is the president of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust and the compiler for the annual Oak Harbor Christmas Bird Count. He has served on the Boards of Whidbey Audubon and Sound Water Stewards. Jay says, “There is nothing I enjoy more than helping other birders learn more about birds and birding.”

The Field Trip (only for Sound Waters University registrants; requires event + field trip ticket):

Calling all early birds! February mornings at Dugualla Lake and Bay can draw a wide variety of waterfowl, which lures winter birders to Dugualla Bay Preserve. Ducks should be most numerous, but grebes and other waterbirds may be encountered. The view of the natural wonders from the Dike Road, located between Skagit Bay and the saltwater estuary on the east side and Dugualla Lake and freshwater wetlands on the west, will appeal to all.

The field trip will include a discussion about the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s recent estuary and wetlands restoration project. No significant hiking is involved. Please bring your own scopes and binoculars if you have them. We will have viewing scopes to share.

Bird watchers set at the shoreline looking out at the water.

Meet up:

Location of field trip: Dugualla Preserve

Drive North from Oak Harbor on Highway 20. Turn East (right) on Frostad Rd 1.6 miles north of Ault Field Road (Whidbey Navy Airfield), proceed .8 miles, and turn left on Dike Rd. The parking area is located at the pullout on the dike. Limited additional parking is available on the road shoulder beyond the pullout.

Important: We are located at Dugualla Bay Preservenot at Dugualla State Park, which is located to the south

429 E Frostad Rd
Oak Harbor, Washington United States
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