Snow geese aren’t exactly shorebirds, but they thrive in similar habitat. Here they wheel above Port Susan Bay, the rich delta at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River.
Western sandpipers run around in the mudflats of Port Susan Bay, stocking up on bugs and other invertebrates for their long migration.
Dunlin maneuver in a giant flock of precision flying above the waters of Port Susan Bay, now recognized as part of the Greater Skagit and Stillaguamish Delta, designated by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network as a Site of Regional Importance.
A pair of longbilled dowitchers search for food in a flooded farm field in the Skagit Delta, where The Nature Conservancy, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other partners have been working together for more than a decade to maintain habitat for shorebirds.
A pair of great blue herons and a flock of ducks enjoy the quiet waters near Port Susan Bay, part of the of the Greater Skagit and Stillaguamish Delta, designated by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network as a Site of Regional Importance.
A longbilled dowitcher searches for food at Port Susan Bay. These shorebirds migrate from the Arctic to the southern United States and Mexico. They probe for food in the soft mud of the Stillaguamish and Skagit deltas to sustain them on their journey.
This wood sandpiper was an unusual visitor to the Skagit Delta last year. It’s more typically found migrating from the Scottish Highlands to Africa and India, but this long-distance migrator found its way to a Skagit farmfield.