BIRD N’ CRUISE TO VENDOVI ISLAND PRESERVE
Activity level: easy
About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July.
Upon arrival, you’ll have about 3 hours on your own to continue birding and explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 3 mi, 200 ft elevation gain). There are a couple of viewpoints and beaches to enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. You’ll also have the chance to meet Elaina and TJ, the island caretakers, and learn why they love living there.
Vendovi Island (located north of Guemes Island and west of Cypress Island) is the little “Hidden Jem” of the San Juan Islands. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned the island since 2010 ensuring its protection.
Time to bird along the way will offer an opportunity to see other Pigeon Guillemot nesting areas as well as other species of birds and alcids, such as Marbled Murrelet, Common Murre and Rhinocerus Auklet.
Our chartered boat is comfortable and spacious.
Backed by 30 years of safely guiding Adventures!
Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity
What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, water, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing
Bathrooms: marina, boat, Vendovi Island
Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box