Located at the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de
Fuca. The island is closed to the public to protect nesting seabirds and
- 72 percent of the seabirds
in Puget Sound nest on Protection Island.
- Estimated 17,000 pairs of
rhinoceros auklets nesting. Also nesting by glaucous-winged gulls, pelagic
cormorants, tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, double-crested cormorants,
and black oystercatchers.
- Pupping and hauling out
area for harbor seals.
- Bald eagles nest.
A 364-acre island covered with grass and low brush, small timbered area;
has high sandy bluffs for seabird nesting, and low sandspits on two ends
of the island.
RECREATION AND EDUCATION
- Visitors may view the island
from their boats, but the island itself is closed to public access.
Commercial boat tours available at nearby marinas.
- Visitors should stay at
least 200 yards off shore to avoid flushing adult birds off their nests.
The 48-acre Zella M. Schultz Seabird Sanctuary (on the W end on the island)
is managed by the Washington State Department of Wildlife.
Eleanor Stopps, incredibly important in leading a campaign to create Protection Island NWR, passed away April 25, 2012.
The Protection Island Story, Port Townsend Marine Science Center