Washington State Birding and Wildlife Tours

Washington

If you are interested in Washington Birding and Wildlife Tours, come and join us at Kaiyote Tours!

We organize birding and nature tours throughout Washington State.  Scroll down to view 5-day and 10-day tours.  We offer a complete range of activities and tours in Olympic National Park.  Please go to that page for more info on tours within Olympic National Park.

On the far western shores of Washington State the land rises up from the ocean floor and ascends to the top of the highest volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range: Mount Rainier at 14,411 feet. Washington is located on the edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire and is home to eleven volcanoes. The last volcano to erupt in Washington was Mount St. Helen in 2008 which was a small eruption compared to the massive 1980 eruption. Of the eleven volcanoes, only four are considered extinct and many have been active within the last 150 years.
 
For thousands of years the land of the Pacific Northwest lay dormant under massive ice sheets that flowed down from the north; pressing and scraping the land, these ice sheets sculpted and created the terrain we know today. In most areas the ice was 3,000 feet thick, but in some areas, it was twice as thick. As the glaciers melted and exposed the earth, life quickly moved in, colonized and created habitats that evolved and followed the receding edge of the ice. The flora and fauna learned to adapt and survive as life slowly moved up to higher elevations. Today you can find amazing life of all kinds from seashore to mountain top.
 
Does it rain in Washington? Ah, well, yes and no. If you focus on eastern Washington you would say no, there are many parts of eastern Washington that average less than 10 inches of rain a year and some only 7.5 inches (even Tucson, Arizona gets 12 inches of rain a year!). Western Washington is famous for rain, especially the Olympic Peninsula. Towns like Forks and south to Lake Quinault and Aberdeen average 12 - 13 feet a year, with records up to 15 feet and even more at higher elevations in the wilderness. Port Angeles is in the "Rain Shadow" of the Olympic Mountains and gets about 26 inches of rain a year.  Seattle gets about 40 inches of rain each year, mostly in the form of drizzle. 
 
Because of such great variations of elevation and rainfall, Washington has numerous life zones and an abundance of habitats with micro habitats: Alpine, Sub-Alpine, Montane, Temperate Rainforest, Oceanic and Riparian in the west and Eastern Washington habitats include arid and desert zones, wetlands, lakes, scrub lands and the massive Columbia River Valley.
 
And what does this all mean? Biodiversity! Here are the stats: 515 species of birds, 140 mammals, 25 amphibians, 28 reptiles, more than 2,000 moths and butterflies, nearly 500 freshwater and marine fishes and 3,100 plant species (not including mosses, lichens, liverworts and fungi) and over 20,000 invertebrates in Washington state.
 

Special notes:  If you are interested in geological and human history, you can find more info at the bottom of the Olympic Home Page.  If you are interested in maritime history, you can find info about the early explores by scrolling down on this page. 

Now is the time to visit beautiful and diverse Washington and see what you can find!
 
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Call us at 970-556-6103 or email us at KaiyoteTours@gmail.com to book your trip! 
 
Single Day Trips:  If you only need to book tours by the day and will supply your own food and lodging, the price is $365 per day for 1 - 2 people and $45 for each additional person. 
 

Multi-day Tours

Special offer:  Book a 5-day or 10-day tour and included with your trip (one per room) is a copy of the field guide “Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America” by David Allen Sibley.  You will receive this when you reserve your trip so you will have time to study and know the beautiful birds! 

5-day Washington Tours

1)  Olympic Peninsula Tour:  Tour starts with pick-up at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, which is easily accessible from the Seattle airport. From  Bainbridge  the tour will travel the entire loop of the Olympic Peninsula stopping at all significant sites including Olympic National Park. Tour ends with drop off at the Bremerton ferry terminal.  Lodging options:  Camping at state parks or staying at hotels.

Click here for a detailed Itinerary of the 5-day Olympic Peninsula Tour

 Let us know what dates work for you 

Click here for a list of BIRDS for the 5-day Olympic Peninsula tour

2)  Eastern Washington Tour:  Tour starts with pick up at your hotel in Seattle and the route will make a loop through eastern Washington, stopping at significant sites along the Columbia and Yakima Rivers and the Cascade Mountain Range.  Lodging options:  Camping at state parks or staying at hotels.

Click here for a detailed Itinerary of the 5-day Eastern Washington Tour

 Let us know what dates work for you 

Click here for a list of BIRDS for the 5-day Eastern Washington Tour

Price:  5-day “car-camping” tour at state park and national park campgrounds is $1,425 per person. 5-day birding tour at hotels is $1,825 per person (based on double occupancy).  Please contact us for solo traveler rate.

10-day Washington Biodiversity Tour

The 10-day tour starts with pick-up at the Bainbridge ferry terminal, which is easily accessible from the Seattle airport. The tour will start with travel in the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula and down the Pacific coast. From the coast we will travel east along the Columbia river and cross the Cascades just south of Mount Rainier. In eastern Washington, the tour will visit regional hot spots in the Columbia River Basin.  From the rainforest to the edge of the arid country side of eastern Washington, on this tour you will experience the bio-diversity of Washington state and visit habitats and life zones as diverse as the lowland rainforest, pacific coast, inland lakes, estuaries and river sloughs.  Lodging options:  Camping at state parks or staying at hotels. 

Click here for a detailed Itinerary of the 10-day Biodiversity tour

Let us know what dates work for you 

Click here for a list of BIRDS we have seen on the 10-day tour

Price:  10-day “car-camping” tour at state park and national park campgrounds is $2,850 per person (based on double occupancy. 10-day birding tour at hotels/cabins is $3,650 per person (based on double occupancy).  Please contact us for solo traveler rate.

Tours include:  Food and lodging/camping gear (hotels or car-camping at state and national parks).

Lodging:  We recommend "car-camping" tours because we will see more birds and wildlife while staying at the campgrounds.  We have wonderfully comfortable tents and sleeping pads.  If you choose to join a tour that provides hotels/cabins, the stops and locations are approximately the same.  The hotel/cabin lodging is basic, not fancy. 

Not included:  National park entrance fees; if you already have a pass, please bring it along.  

Gear you need to bring:  Outdoor clothes including hiking boots, rain jacket and pants and warm clothes, including hats and gloves.  The mountains can be cold even in the summer.  Everyone should have their own head lamp and/or flashlight, refillable water bottle, day pack for hiking and a personal small emergency kit. 

Campfires:  Most all locations permit campfires (when there is not a fire ban), and we will have a campfire every night and if you like, we can have s’mores and sometimes cook hot dogs over the fire.

Showers:  There are pay showers at most all of the state park campgrounds, but not at the national park campgrounds

Custom Tours

Single Day Trips:  If you only need to book tours by the day and will supply your own food and lodging, the price is $365 per day for 1 - 2 people and $45 for each additional person. 

We also offer custom tours.  You can choose lodging at either campgrounds or hotels.  Please let us know if you have specific birds and/or wildlife that you would like to see and how many days you would like to tour Washington.  Please request an itinerary and we will send you the day to day details of the tour. 

Details

  • Travel Dates: By request or join an already scheduled trip
  • Group size:  2 - 4, plus guide
  • Trip Length:  Minimum of 3 days (2 nights) and custom as you choose. 
  • Price:  Car-camping tours at state and national park campgrounds are $285 per person, per day. Tours at hotels/cabins are $365 per person, per day.  Prices based on double occupancy. 
  • Included:  Hotel/cabin lodging or car-camping gear:  Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads.  All cooking supplies:  Stove, fuel, pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, etc.  Food:  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Drinks:  Water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, juice, soda.
  • Not included:  Entrance into national parks (if you already have a pass, bring it along), snacks in between meals. 

Gear List

If you need gear, we can supply it at no extra charge.  Just let us know in advance.

Suggested to bring:
1) Backpack for your gear
2) Rain gear or rain poncho or umbrella
3) Refillable water bottle
4) Sunscreen and bug spray
5) Hats for both sun and warmth
6) Binoculars
7) Wear Layered comfortable clothes. 

Payment and Cancellation Policy for Multi-Day Tours
A non-refundable payment of $600 per person is requirement to reserve a spot on a trip.  Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure date.  If you are reserving a spot within 90 days of start date, full payment is required to reserve a spot.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal and check payment. 

Kaiyote Tours is authorized by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, to conduct services in Olympic National Park.  Kaiyote Tours holds a commercial use permit to conduct services in Olympic National Forest and Washington State Park lands. 

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