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Wildlife Viewing

Before us, there was nature.

Nestled between the coastline and the mountains, Seattle NorthCountry is the perfect base to discover the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. See the underwater behemoths rise above the waves, new salmon spawn to life, or herons take to the sky at Spencer Island, Edmonds Marsh and Jetty Island.

With more than 350 species of birds that live or migrate through Seattle NorthCountry every year, birdwatchers get great views from a number of sites. From the Snohomish River Estuary, the largest known wetland on Puget Sound (and the only one within an urban area on the West Coast), to Osprey nests near Everett’s Legion Park, and with 413-acre Spencer Island, all binocular-clad eyes are in for a feast.

Don’t miss Standwood’s annual Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival in February. For great year-round birding, stop at the Edmonds Marsh. This can be combined with a ferry trip across Puget Sound where you are likely to see rafts of waterfowl, gulls, bald eagles and great blue herons.

Several of Snohomish County’s rivers are the sites of spawning salmon each spring and fall. Try Al Borlin Park south of Monroe, River Meadows Park and the South Fork Stilluguamish River in Arlington, Squire Creek County Park, four miles east of Darrington, Osprey Park in Sultan and the Lake Stevens spawning channel, just north of Lake Stevens.