– “About the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge”
“The Nisqually River Delta, a biologically rich and diverse area at the southern end of Puget Sound, supports a variety of habitats. Here, the freshwater of the Nisqually River combines with the saltwater of Puget Sound to form an estuary rich in nutrients and detritus. These nutrients support a web of sea life – the benefits of which extend throughout Puget Sound and beyond.
While most major estuaries in the state have been filled, dredged, or developed, Nisqually River’s has been set aside for wildlife. In 1974, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the delta and its diversity of fish and wildlife habitats.”
– Summer Lecture Series
“The free hourlong talks begin at 7 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium.
Attendance is limited to 100 people, and seating will open at 6 p.m. on a first-come basis, and you must be present. The refuge’s $3 entrance fee is waived for those attending the lectures.
Here is the remaining schedule:
Aug. 5: “Working for Earth: How Climate Change is Affecting Us,” by Judy Todd, writer and poet and founder of Nature Connect Northwest.
Aug. 12: “The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank Jr.,” by Trova Hefferman, author and director of The Legacy Project at the Washington State Heritage Center, and Hank Adams of the Franks Landing Indian Community.
Aug. 19: “Geologic History of the Nisqually Reach,” by Tim Walsh, geologist with the state Department of Natural Resources.
Aug. 26: “Caspian Terns of Puget Sound,” by Joe Meche, naturalist, educator and member of the North Cascades Audubon Society.”
– Guided Walks
In addition to the lecture series, the refuge also holds guided walks, with varying themes, each weekend.
The walks last about 1-2 hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and can bring binoculars if you have them. Most of the walks leave from the visitor center.
Among those on the schedule for August are:
Aug. 2: 11 a.m.-noon. Walk with experienced birder Richard Cormier as he leads “Raptors of the Delta.” Look for bald eagles, northern harriers, peregrine falcons, great horned owls and others. This program starts in the center’s auditorium.
Aug. 8: 10:30 a.m.-noon. “The Magical Forest” walk is family-friendly. Participants will learn about the relationship between plants, animals and other organisms in the refuge forest.
Aug. 9: 1-2:30 p.m. During “Home Sweet Home,” Sue Stone will talk about the people who have made the Nisqually River delta their home. She will talk about native people, European settlers and the events surrounding the Medicine Creek Treaty.
All the programs are free, but there is a $3 entrance fee (good for up to four adults). The programs will run through Sept. 20.