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Watchable Wildlife includes a wide array of animals from a bird at a backyard feeder to rarely-seen species that provide the dedicated viewer with a reward for hours of patient waiting.

Raccoons, cougars, otters, deer, black bears and coyotes make their homes on the Kitsap Peninsula, but you're not likely to see them unless you go looking.

You may see a deer or two, but you are far more likely to see our many bird populations, both resident and those that migrate through the area. We offer many parks where bird watching is likely to be successful, but just looking up you may see a Bald Eagle or Osprey soar overhead.

Looking down, on the beach at low tide, you may see sea stars, sand dollars, clams, oysters and small microcosms caught in the tide pools.

A variety of salmon return to area bays and streams each year and a rather large supply of sea lions and harbor seals spend hours sunning themselves, or fishing, along our shores.

On occasion we are visited by Orcas (aka Killer Whales), both the local, salmon eating, resident pods that spend most of their time further north around the San Juan Islands, and on occasion, the transient, meat eating, pods that come in from the ocean. A few Gray Whales wander into Puget Sound each year and an occassional Humpback Whale has been seen.

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We've even had a Bigfoot report!

Below are some suggested locations to view the wildlife on the Kitsap Peninsula:



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Kingston

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A Quiet Place Park
360.337.5350
9.3 Acres - Walking trails, viewpoints. Directions: From Highway 104 in Kingston turn left on Ohio Street. Parking is just below the entrance to the trail.
Silverdale

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Anderson Landing Nature Preserve
Silverdale, WA 98383
360.337.5350
68 Acre nature preserve with walking trails, view point. Directions: From Silverdale take Bucklin Hill Road to Anderson Hill Road. After about 3.5 miles, turn right on Warren RD. The trailhead and a small parking lot are about 200 yards down the road on the right side of Warren.
Tracyton

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Anna Smith Park
7601 Tracyton BLVD NW
Bremerton, WA 98311
360.337.5350
6.6 Acres - Saltwater beach access, picnic areas, demonstration garden, butterfly house, children's programs, and restrooms. This magical garden was the very first Demo Garden for the WSU Kitsap County Master Gardener Program and is lovingly tended by a crew that meets there every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon. Vegetables and fruit are grown and donated to the local food banks. There is also a children's gardening area that will be planned, planted and tended by a 4-H group on another day of the week. Classes and tours occur on a regular basis during the growing season. Compost tea is brewed at this garden for sale to the Master Gardeners.
Port Orchard

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Banner Forest Heritage Park
Near intersection of Banner and Overra Road
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360.337.5350
635.0 Acres - Walking trails, equestrian trails. Directions: Take Sedgwick Road to Banner Road and go south on Banner Road to the intersection of Banner and Olalla Valley Roads. The property will be to your right.
Belfair

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Belfair State Park
410 NE Beck RD
Belfair, WA 98528
360.275.0668
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Belfair State Park is a 63-acre, year-round camping park on 3,720 feet of saltwater shoreline at the southern end of Hood Canal.
Blake Island

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Blake Island State Park
Blake Island, WA
360.731.8330
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This beautiful 475-acre island camping park, with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline, is only reachable by private boat or via tour boats. Kitsap Harbor Tours, which departs from Port Orchard, and Argosy Cruises, departing from Seattle, take visitors to Blake Island and to the famous, Tillicum Village to enjoy a unique Northwest Indian dining and cultural experience. The journey includes traditionally prepared Native American salmon cooked over open fires and a presentation Native American dancing and songs.
Kingston

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Carpenter Lake/Nike Site/Saltmarsh - Park
Kingston, WA 98346
360.337.5350
67.0 Acres - Walking trails, education center and view point Directions: Take Highway 104 in Kingston to Barber Cut-Off Road. The park site is located behind Gordon Elementary School off of Barber Cut-off Road.
Bremerton

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City of Bremerton Parks & Recreation
680 Lebo BLVD
Bremerton, WA 98310
360.478.5305
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Explore our 675+ acres of parks! Swim in the aquatic center. Sign up for classes and programs.
Silverdale

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Clear Creek Saq'ad Interpretive Center
9641 Levin RD
Off Bucklin Hill Rd and Levin RD
Silverdale, WA 98383
360.692.0929
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The Clear Creek Interpretive Center, located�off Bucklin Hill Road and Levin Road in Silverdale,�hosts educational and cultural programs. For young children and families make a date for Discovery Play Days in the spring and summer. Naturalists lead guided walks along Clear Creek Trail, through nearshore, estuary, wetland, and woodland habitats. The "big red barn" also features exhibits, occasional speakers, and special events. Don't miss their "Salmon Art Contest" each fall.
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Clear Creek Trail
Five miles of scenic trail winds through Silverdale's urban areas along Clear Creek. Salmon are visible during spawning season and the area is great for bird watching or just getting away from it all!
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