Wildlife & Habitat

Common murres on Refuge island

The rocks and islands along Washington's outer coast provide vital habitat for nesting and migrating bird populations. These sentinels are home to some of the country's largest seabird breeding populations. In addition, marine mammals feed in the waters surrounding the islands and rest on the low crags.

  • Birds

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    Thousands of birds utilize the refuge islands for diverse purposes including raising young, resting during migration, and protection from predators.

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  • Mammals

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    The coastal waters surrounding the islands are rich in food resources for the variety of marine mammal species that call this refuge home.

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  • Habitat

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    From sheer cliffs to gnarled trees, many species find a niche to occupy on these islands.

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