The Nature of Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island tumbles from rocky cliff at the north end to sandy loam at the south. In between hills roll, prairies stretch and forests tower, all bordered by miles and miles of seashore.

White tail deer frequent Whidbey's roads and highways, crows, rabbits and robins are daily visitors to most island homes. Seagulls, well just go a day without seeing a seagull. Less often seen, but often heard, coyotes and frogs let their presence be known. That squeaky wheelbarrow sound might actually be a bald eagle - or maybe a squeaky wheelbarrow.

Osprey, accepting technology, nest on cell towers and light poles, cormorants balance on floats and spread their wings to dry in the wind. The haunting call of the
loon and the V of migrating Canada geese are signs of the seasons. Rufous and Anna's humming birds zip through annually, staking claim to bottles of bright nectar.

At the beach, sand fleas hop wildly, while limpets and star fish, a bit more sedate,
cling to rocks and sea cucumbers loll about in the shallows. Clams, mussels and oysters are the preferred food of our river otters and also of a lot of people in rubber boots. Salmon toy with fishermen, sea lions keep us awake on spring nights. Octopi hide in their deep, inky dens.

Ferries make convenient orca viewing platforms, and ferry captains good whale watching guides. Gray whales migrate along the Washington coast in April and May and often take a side trip through Puget Sound, feeding along sandy shores.
Saratoga Passage is a good place to spot them.

Join the wildlife - Live Whidbey!

Whidbey Audubon Society
Whidbey Island Beach Watchers
Shore Stewards
Puget Sound
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
People For Puget Sound
Marine Mammals
Fish and Shellfish
Marine Life Index


One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

William Shakespeare



Photo by N. Bartlett
Copyright © 2006

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