“protecting the delta & its diversity of wildlife!”
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. The Nisqually estuary was restored in 2009 by removing dikes and reconnecting 762 acres with the tides of Puget Sound. This is the largest estuary restoration project in the Pacific Northwest and an important step in the recovery of Puget Sound.
This is a beautiful and relaxing refuge to explore and respect. The Canadian Geese have just arrived for spring and they are wonderful to watch as they are here to eat and relax in between migrations. Many different kinds of ducks. There are many species of birds. I recently saw a magnificent Blue Herron in the wetland area. It is a great place to take a 5 mile hike; I feel safe here and I love my connect with nature, the sounds, sights and beauty is astonishing.
Spotted three herons, a bald eagle, several ducks and a whole lot of unidentified wrens, sparrows, and other tiny bids. Signs warn against leaving valuables in your car.
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