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Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge

Protection Island National Refuge. Courtesy of NPS.

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The Land Acquisition Section secured the site for the establishment of the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Washington state.  In 1982, Congress passed legislation designating the island as a national wildlife refuge, allocating $4 million for property acquisition. Protection Island is home to several species of seabirds including one of the largest nesting colonies of Rhinoceros auklets in the world.

Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge website

Did you know? Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca nests on Protection Island. Approximately 1000 harbor seals also depend on the island as a pupping and rest area.


Updated May 15, 2015

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