Goose Island Natural Area Preserve

large colony of nesting seabirds
This small sandy accretion island in Grays Harbor has supported a large colony of nesting seabirds including gulls, brants, long billed curlew—and historically—Caspian terns. Brown pelicans utilize the island after breeding season. Following submersion during severe winter storms, the shifting dunes on this island have been re-colonized by vegetation and nesting birds as the ecosystem rebuilds.
Features Protected: Seabird nesting habitat, western gull, brown pelican
Ecoregion:  Northwest Coast (Grays Harbor County)

Science, Research and Monitoring

Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at Goose Island NAP, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at

Environmental Education and Public Access

Currently no formal educational programs are available at Goose Island NAP. The site is seasonally overtopped by the tides and island sands shift continually. For more information, contact the DNR Pacific Cascade Region natural areas manager.