Birds and Shores

Take a stroll through the shores of the coastal Northwest

A few highlights from our Birds & Shores exhibit.

This beautiful open-air exhibit highlights habitats along the rough and rocky shorelines of Puget Sound, and the many species of birds that can be found there. As you walk through it, you’ll have a chance to closely observe the daily routines of many species of often-reclusive birds. And, because the exhibit is open to the air, you’ll also be able to breathe in the scent of Puget Sound, just outside, and feel the fresh breeze on your face.

The habitats on display offer you a chance to learn how shorebirds use their unique features to live and thrive together. You can watch as alcids make their signature dives, laugh at the busy antics of tufted puffins, and see common murres dipping below the surface to search for food along the exhibit’s jagged bottom. Above the waterline are rocky cliffs where the birds can burrow or nest in small caves or narrow ledges, just as they would in the wild during breeding months.

In addition to birds, this exhibit is also home to many species of fish and invertebrates found in Northwest shoreline habitats, including rockfish, sea anemones, sea stars, sea urchins and others.

 
>> ENVIRONMENTS REPRESENTED
Pacific Northwest shorelines

 

>> MARINE CREATURES YOU ARE LIKELY TO SEE IN THIS EXHIBIT

BLACK OYSTERCATCHER

A better name for
oystercatchers might be
“musselcatchers,” since these
birds frequently dine on mussels.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW

The tip of this bird’s bill
is fairly flexible, a feature
that comes in handy
while it’s probing for food.

CASSIN'S AUKLET

In the wild, the Cassin’s auklet
can often be identified by
its flight, which is
described as looking
like a flying tennis ball.

KILLDEER

The killdeer is named
after the sound of its cry.
In the wild, killdeers may act
as if they’ve got a broken wing
to distract predators from their nests.

AND LOTS MORE!