Palouse to Pines Loop

The Palouse to Pines Loop features 215 of Washington’s 346 annually recorded bird species. 

Year-round, Boreal Owls and Boreal Chickadees tuck away in alpine forests; Pygmy Nuthatches and White-headed Woodpeckers favor old-growth Ponderosa pines. Black Terns and Common Nighthawks arrive in spring along with thousands of feathered migrants that come courting: Mountain Bluebirds, Yellow Warblers, Black-chinned Hummingbirds – plus swallows, sparrows, and shorebirds. Common Loons nest on hidden lakes. American White Pelicans visit in summer followed in fall by hundreds of Tundra Swans, and in winter by extravagant numbers of waterfowl. 

Millions of years of plate tectonics, lava flows, glaciation, and cataclysmic floods have sculpted eastern Washington’s stunning terrain. The region enjoys distinct seasons: winter snow, spring wildflowers, summer heat, fall harvest. Evergreen and leafy trees, pothole lakes, shrub-steppe, rivers large and small, and irrigation channels nourish flora, fauna, and farms. 

The Palouse to Pines Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail was developed and funded by Audubon Washington, the Washington State Department of Transportation, Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and individual contributors. The map features original artwork by noted Washington wildlife painter Ed Newbold. 

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Good birding to you!