A Wealth of Natural Habitats
The Great Washington State Birding Trail, published by
Audubon Washington in 2005, pinpoints the best places
for bird watching in the Evergreen State.
Hundreds of thousands of birds of the Pacific Flyway
depend on Washington’s wealth of natural habitats. Vast
numbers of shorebirds stop here in spring to rest and
eat before continuing northward, while many neo-tropical
migrants, raptors, and others stay to nest and raise the
The Southwest Washington Loop features 270 of
Washington’s 365 bird species. Many can be found at five
sites in Cowlitz County.
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Coal Creek Slough
Bullock’s orioles; willow, olive-sided, and
Pacific-slope flycatchers; osprey; swallows; and
Green heron; American coot; pie-billed grebe; rock dove;
cormorant; osprey; and bufflehead, canvasback, mallard,
widgeon, golden-eye, and wood ducks.
Seaquest State Park/Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
Native and Migratory birds
Hummocks Trail: Horned larks, Western meadowlarks, rock
wrens, rosy finches, goldeneyes, buffleheads, cinnamon
teal, Canada geese, coots, sora, marsh wren, red-winged
and yellow-headed blackbirds, yellowthroat, yellow
warbler, Wilson's warbler, yellow-rumped warblers,
MacGillivray's warbler, willow flycatcher, sparrows,
kingfishers, swifts, kestrels, rufous hummingbirds,
harriers, short-eared owls, Townsend's solitaire, and
barn, cliff, tree, violet-green, northern rough-winged
and Vaux's swallows.
Johnston Ridge Observatory: Many of the same species
found on the Hummocks Trail.
Hundreds of Roosevelt elk inhabit the broad
Toutle River Valley. The best viewpoints are at
Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitors Center at Milepost 27 on State
Route 504 and at the Mount St. Helens Forest Learning
Center at Milepost 33.5. Helicopter tours leaving from
Hoffstadt Bluffs also provide excellent elk viewing.
Deer and Other Wildlife
Deer and other wildlife such as Bears, Cougars, and
more, reside within Cowlitz County, and beyond. Keep
your eyes open while driving, hiking in the area. You
never know when a beautiful Blacktail Deer may run
across your paths.
Always respect wildlife, keeping a safe distance. For
detailed information about Wildlife Viewing, checkout
WA State Department of Fish & Wildlife's Site.