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Habitat: 412-acre island in Snohomish River estuary surrounded by trees and saltwater and freshwater sloughs. Owned by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Snohomish County.

Birding: Area features 200+ species. Year-round residents include Bald Eagle, Great-horned Owl, Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, and five species of woodpeckers. Spring and summer bring Ospreys, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Western Tanagers, Black-headded Grosbeaks, Band-tailed Pigeons, three species of vireos, four of warblers, and five of swallows. During fall, watch for Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers; in winter, look for Pine Siskins, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons and sparrows.

Viewing: Explore 3.6 miles of trails and short boardwalk. Cross-island dike provides views of shorebirds and American Bitterns. Vireos and warblers like the foliage along perimeter River Trail.

Access: From Northbound I-5, take exit 195 (Marine View Dr/Port of Everett). Drive left (west) on East Marine View Dr. Drive 1.4 miles. Turn left (north) onto Hwy 529N ramp and drive 0.8 mile over bridge. Turn right (east) onto 28th Pl NE. Turn right (south) onto 35th Ave NE. Drive 0.3 mile. Turn left (east) onto Ross Ave. Drive 1 mile, bearing right at Y onto Smith Island Road. Drive 1.2 miles. Turn left (east) onto 4th St SE. Drive 0.2 mile to City of Everett Water Pollution Control Facility parking lot. Walk 0.3 mile and cross bridge to island.