The Nisqually NWR boundaries include the deep waters of the Nisqually Reach and Puget Sound. Here, the marine environment takes over. Harbor seals hunt for flounder and Dungeness crab. Scaup and surf scoters feed on clams, while American wigeon rest and feed on sea lettuce (algae).
Birds: Scaup, Surf Scoter, American Wigeon, Glaucous-winged Gull.
Animals/Fish: Harbor Seal, Flounder, Clam, Dungeness Crab, Salmon, Steelhead.
Plants: Sea Lettuce, Phytophankton.
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The reclusive American Bittern is a master of disguise. When it feels threatened, it stretches its neck and all but disappears among the reeds.