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    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • Brief American and English Camps Visitor Center Closure

    The American and English camps visitor centers will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Streaked Horned Lark

streaked horned lark
The streaked horned lark is no longer found in the San Juan Islands, a breeding range of this once common bird.
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San Juan Island National Historical Park is within the historic breeding range of this once common bird, which is no longer present in the San Juan Islands.

Its extinction was caused by a variety of factors, including human activities, pesticides and herbicides, lack of protected habitat, and predation, and habitat loss or change (such as the takeover by invasive species of the native bunchgrass, where it built its nests).

The park has no current plans to reintroduce the lark, but if prairie restoration is successful, it could be a highly suitable site for reestablishing a breeding population.

Range-wide Streaked Horned Lark Assessment and Preliminary Conservation Strategy

 
Fast facts Streaked horned lark

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 R. Lambert Baynes immediately superseded Governor Douglas’s orders to land Royal Marines on San Juan Island, cautioning his captains only to fire if fired upon.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...