brown bird on a branch
Merlin (Female)

NPS Photo / A. Sadlo

Birds, majestic in their flights, colors, songs and shapes, are some of the most beautiful species in the animal world.

More than 230 species of birds can be found at Lake Roosevelt. Some birds, like the Anna’s Hummingbird, wild turkey, bald eagle, and others, call the water and forest their home. Others like the American White Pelican, Rufous Hummingbird, and other birds visit as part of their migration.

  • Lake Roosevelt straddles two distinct geographic regions: the channeled scablands of the Columbia Plateau and the ponderosa pine forest of the Okanogan Highlands.
  • Travel to the Grand Coulee Dam, Fort Spokane, and Kettle Falls areas provide numerous opportunities to see birds in their beautiful settings.
  • The southern end of Lake Roosevelt is part of the Coulee Corridor, one of the main loop trails of the Great Washington State Birding Trail.

Listen to the calls of a few of the species found in this region.


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Last updated: March 30, 2021

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