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Marbled Murrelet

Brachyramphus marmoratus

Marbled Murrelets are reliant on old-growth forests, where females will lay a single egg on the mossy limb of a tree hundreds of feet off the ground. Adults take turns foraging for fish and krill in the closest body of salt water, up to 50 miles away. The nest site of this species - not discovered in North America until 1974 - was one of the last great ornithological mysteries.

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Puget Trough

The north Olympic Peninsula is a great place to see Rhinoceros Auklets year-round. Look out on the water for lingering winter visitors, such as Pacific Loons and Long-tailed Ducks. The mouth of the Elwha River should hold a nice selection of gulls; nine species regularly winter in Puget Sound.

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