THE PRESERVE CLOSES DURING HUNTING SEASON. GROUP-LED TOURS ARE PERMISSIBLE BY RESERVATIONS ONLY DURING THIS TIME.
Interested in seeing the beauty of Port Susan Bay? Please contact the reception desk at the Seattle office, email@example.com or (206) 436-6200 (hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) at least one week in advance to make your reservation. Visitors will be required to complete and submit a liability form prior to their visit. Forms can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to 74 Wall Street, Seattle, WA 98121.
Port Susan Bay holds some of the finest estuarine habitat in Puget Sound. Its marshes, vast mudflats and tidally influenced channels support hundreds of thousands of birds, several species of salmon, smelt, English sole and clams. Western sandpipers, dunlins and dowitchers swoop over the mudflats. Wrangel Island snow geese gather by the thousands in tidal marshes and on nearby farm fields. And hundreds of raptors, from peregrine falcons to short-eared owls, add to the drama.
The Stillaguamish River spills into the bay, mixing freshwater and saltwater to create extensive estuarine marshes that produce a vast quantity of decaying organic matter, which feeds the abundant invertebrate life in the tide flat sediments. These tiny creatures, in turn, feed the shorebirds and waterfowl that make Port Susan Bay and adjacent Skagit Bay important stops for migratory birds traveling along the Pacific Flyway.
Other birding sites in the area that do not require prior permission: