Drizzle and rain begins the wet season: fall, winter, and spring. Migrating waterfowl begin to arrive. Come check out the Nisqually Watershed Festival. Weekend Nature Programs continue.
Waterfowl numbers increasing. Wintering songbirds start arriving (Northern shrike, winter wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, varied thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, and sparrows). Peregrine falcons, merlins, and American kestrels arrive to forage on wintering birds. Bald eagles hunt waterfowl flocks. National Wildlife Refuge System Week is the 2nd week in October. Waterfowl hunting season begins and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail is partially closed until late January.
Abundant waterfowl. Chum salmon return to spawning grounds in Nisqually River tributaries. Raptors increasingly abundant throughout the winter.