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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington


Canada goose with five goslings.

NPS collection

Whitman Mission is a place to raise a family for many bird species. It is also an important stop over for migrating birds. This makes Whitman Mission an excellent place to look for birds. More than 200 species of birds have been observed at the site. Species most commonly seen include ring-necked pheasants, red-winged black birds, robins, swallows, great blue herons, red-tailed hawks, mallards and Canada geese. more . . .

Did You Know?

painting of mission with wagon in front

The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.