Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

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Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge



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Wildlife Watching
Bird Watching


Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge offers one of the largest concentrations of shorebirds south of Alaska on the United States west coast. It is one of the four major staging areas for shorebirds in North America. During springtime, shorebirds gather at the refuge to to feed, store up on fat reserves and rest before their non-stop flight to northern breeding grounds. During the summer months through October, a smaller number of these birds stop in the refuge on their flights south during the longer fall migration periods. In 1988, Congress authorized the creation of the refuge to protect this valued shorebird habitat. Grays Harbor was established in 1990 and has been managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since. In total, the refuge covers approximately 1,500 acres that includes interidal mudflats, salt marsh and uplands. The refuge is located in the northeast corner of the Grays Harbor Estuary. The estuary was designated as a hemispheric preserve in 1996 by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network as a site of international significance. 

Map of Grays Harbor NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 46.973646, -123.933350