This June the Junior Staff of Earthplace is going on a week long nature expedition to the Olympic Peninsula, in Washington State. Our leader, Margaret Ardwin, is a great birder and naturalist. Unfortunately, our other leader, Jim Hunter, is on sick leave, so none other than Sean Murtha (my dad) will be taking his place on this trip as co-leader and naturalist. On this trip we are going to be exploring the rainforests and coastline of the Olympic peninsula, which hold birds like Varied Thrush, Spotted Owl, Wandering Tattlers, and multitudes of other Seabirds and Forest Birds of the pacific region. Other things we will do is hike Mt. Rainer (great for mountain birds) and might do whale-watches, which, besides sea mammals, could produce alcids like Rhinoceros Auklet, Shearwaters like Flesh-footed, pharalopes, Storm-petrels, and possibly even an albatross (I can’t get my hopes up.)
It’s certaintly shaping up to be the birding highlight of the year.