Out in the Salish Sea, between Sequim and Discovery Bay, is a wild place named Protection Island. After years of damage from farming, development and even artillery practice this island wildlife refuge is recovering and thriving. The Shoreline, grasslands and bluffs are the breeding and nesting grounds to a wide variety of bird species. In fact it’s one of only two Puffin breeding grounds left in the Salish Sea. While the island is closed to visitors, boat tours are permitted 200 yards off the shoreline. Booking a summer boat tour is your best chance to view the elusive puffin. The Puget Sound Express offer 3 hour Protection Island Puffin Cruises all summer long. Cruises depart at 6:00 PM from Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Plan a summer adventure touring the Salish Sea and spotting rare wildlife.
Sequim is a special place on the Olympic Peninsula. Located in the rain shadow of the towering Olympic Mountains, the climate in Sequim is unusually dry and sunny when compared to many other locales in the Pacific Northwest. The dry climate, similar to that found in the Provence region in France, has allowed lavender plants to flourish here, earning Sequim the nickname the “Lavender Capital of North America.” The third weekend in July marks the annual Lavender Festival in Sequim. Throughout this busy and popular weekend, there are several wonderful events happening in the Sequim Area. One of these events happens to be a very special opportunity to visit the nesting Tufted Puffins and other wildlife at Protection Island. Continue Reading