• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • American Camp Visitor Center on Summer Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »

  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

Barred owl

barred owl
You can often hear the loud hoots of the barred owl atop Mt. Young.
 
You can often hear the loud hoots of this forest owl atop Mt. Young. Listen for the signature call: A series of clear notes and a final descending note: hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-ho-hoooooaw (who cooks for you, who cooks for you all). Mostly nocturnal, they hunt small mammals such as voles, deer mice, and shrews.

These owls are stocky, with short tails and broad wings. They have charming faces with large, dark brown eyes, a distinctive hooked gold bill, and rounded heads with white rings. The upper part of the chest has a crosswise barred pattern, and the lower breast vertical dark brown streaks on white.
 
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Bald eagle feeding young.

The San Juan Islands have the largest concentration of bald eagles in the continental United States. The once active nest in this photo is located at the American Camp visitor center. More...