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Protection Island

  • Glacial Spirit 200-398 Jackson St Port Townsend, WA, 98368 United States (map)

Protection Island Sunset Cruise: Saturday, June 17, 5:15 – 8:30 p.m. from the City Dock in Port Townsend led by noted naturalist George Gerdts. Protection Island is a 400 acre National Wildlife Refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay. Over 70% of the marine birds which nest in Puget Sound make Protection Island their breeding ground. Some 6000 pairs of Glaucous-winged Gulls, 22,000 pairs of Rhinoceros Auklets, thousands of Pigeon Guillemots, Doublecrested and Pelagic Cormorants and sometimes, Brandt’s Cormorants, too; and a few pairs of Black Oystercatchers nest on the island. One of the main attractions is the nesting colony of the outrageous TUFTED PUFFIN. Some 20-30
pairs nest in the bluffs. To sign up: Call Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation at 206-842-2306 ext.118 and ask for “Protection Island Sunset Cruise” #431851-01. Cost is $85.00/participant plus additional $5.00 charge for non-Bainbridge Island residents.
KAS members will have 20% ($17.00) of the fare DONATED to Kitsap Audubon Society by
informing BI Parks that they are KAS members when they sign up. The “Glacier Spirit” is
a comfortable, diesel powered yacht with excellent viewing from inside the craft and ample
viewing space outside on the front deck. The Glacier Spirit leaves from Port Townsend at 5:30 p.m. sharp and returns between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Boarding will start at 5:15
p.m. Soft drinks, and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own light dinner;
and dress in appropriate layers.