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Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge

Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge
Location Clallam County, Washington
Nearest city Forks
Coordinates

48°10′27″N 124°43′50″W / 48.1742290°N 124.7305159°W / 48.1742290; -124.7305159Coordinates: 48°10′27″N 124°43′50″W / 48.1742290°N 124.7305159°W / 48.1742290; -124.7305159[1]

Area 1,250 acres (510 ha)[2]
Established 1940 (1940)
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge is the northernmost of the three refuges (along with Quillayute Needles and Copalis) which make up the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a group of 870 islands, rocks, and reefs extending for more than 100 miles along Washington's coast from Cape Flattery to Copalis Beach. These islands are protected from human disturbance, yet are close to abundant ocean food sources.

They are a vital sanctuary where 14 species of seabirds nest and raise their young. During migration the total populations of seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds may exceed a million birds. Sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and whales may also be seen around the islands.

The refuge was originally created as Flattery Rocks Reservation on October 23, 1907, by an executive order from Theodore Roosevelt. It encompassed the islands off the Washington coast between latitudes 48° 02′ North and 48° 23′ North.[3] It was renamed by a presidential proclamation on July 25, 1940.[4]

The refuge is within the boundary of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Olympic National Park, and is also incorporated into the Washington Islands Wilderness. The three agencies cooperate on research programs and other issues that may have impacts on the resources.

The refuge is closed to the public. Wildlife observation only from boats and the mainland.[5]

References

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

See also

  • Map of the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex



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