Hike Nisqually, scout for birds

April 4, 2014 

Volunteer birding guide Phil Kelley, far right, answers a question during the bird walk he leads every Wednesday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. at the visitor center pond overlook.

STEVE BLOOM/STAFF FILE, 2013

As the weather warms, birds are at the beginning or in the midst of their annual migration. That makes the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge a good place to visit right now. To see what birds are in the area, you can take part in the weekly bird walk, each Wednesday from 8 a.m.-noon.

Local birder Phil Kelley leads this walks as he counts the birds at the refuge. The hike covers about four miles. Participants should bring good walking shoes or boots, rain gear, water and snacks. Also bring binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them.

Meet at the visitor center pond overlook. There is a $3 entry fee at the refuge, unless you have a pass.

The refuge is located off Interstate 5 at Exit 114. If you have questions, contact Kelley at 360-459-1499 or scrubjay323@aol.com.

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