• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »


Ospreys have been a main attraction to visitors to English camp since a nest was established on a snag above the Royal Marine barracks in the mid 1990s.
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This year, park rangers, volunteers, and visitors at English Camp watched ospreys and two young in their nest high up on a snag, and saw the fledglings practice flying over the parade ground.

This nest has been rebuilt twice since it was first constructed in 1996. The second time was this year, when a windstorm with gusts up to 90 mph blew the nest out of its perch.

One of the largest birds of prey in North America, theosprey stands nearly two feet tall, weighs up to 70 ounces, and has a wingspan of 5-6 feet. Look for the white breast and belly and black backand long, narrow wings, which are angles and bowed down, much like a gull. In fact, you may confuse an osprey with a gull in flight.

A black eye stripe bisects a white crownand forehead. Thefemales are larger and tend to have fuller, darker chestbands. Once you hear them, their short, shrill whistles are easy identifiable.

Fast Facts Osprey

Did You Know?

Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes

British Rear Adm. R. Lambert Baynes immediately superseded Governor Douglas’s orders to land Royal Marines on San Juan Island, cautioning his captains only to fire if fired upon. “Tut, tut, no, no, the damned fools,” he was heard to say on first hearing of the standoff. More...