Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Rhinoceros auklet - Protection Island NWR.jpg
Protection Island NWR is home to 17,000 pairs of nesting Rhinoceros auklets.
Map showing the location of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge
Location Jefferson County, Washington, United States
Nearest city Port Townsend, Washington
Coordinates 48°07′40″N 122°55′35″W / 48.1278714°N 122.9262842°W / 48.1278714; -122.9262842Coordinates: 48°07′40″N 122°55′35″W / 48.1278714°N 122.9262842°W / 48.1278714; -122.9262842[1]
Area 364 acres (147 ha)
Established 1982
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/protection_is/

Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge is located near the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Jefferson County, Washington. Approximately 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca nest on the island, which includes one of the largest nesting colonies of rhinoceros auklets in the world and the largest nesting colony of glaucous-winged gulls in Washington. The island contains one of the last 2 nesting colonies of tufted puffins in the Puget Sound area. About 1,000 harbor seals depend upon the island for a pupping and rest area.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Hillside of rhinoceros auklet burrows, Protection Island. The island is closed to public entry to protect breeding seabirds.
Tufted Puffin swimming at Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge