Before you sit down to watch our wonderful Seahawks play tonight, you may want to get warmed up by viewing the real hawks of the sea. Try watching for osprey, also known as sea hawks.
You can do this by visiting sea hawk habitats with great places to hike, such as West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). This 4,430-acre site is 35 miles east of Seattle and protects a vast variety of rare ecosystems and many species of native western Washington wildlife. Delight in knowing you’re walking through the habitat of deer, cougars, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, elk, red-tailed hawks, osprey (aka sea hawk), owls, and woodpeckers. This area serves as an excellent outdoor classroom with an education shelter, interpretive displays, and accessible trails. A good trail to try is West Tiger No. 1; if you go, be prepared for possible snow/ice on the trail.
West Tiger Mountain is just one of 36 NRCAs across Washington that DNR manages in order to preserve high-quality ecosystems. These areas are often used by educators at all levels to teach about rare plants or animals and other conservation features.
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