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Wildlife Habitat

Quinault Wildlife Habitat Project

Quinault Wildlife Habitat Project
A cougar mom and her cub in their natural habitat

The Quinault Wildlife Habitat Project, under the guidance of the Quinault Division of Natural Resources is responsible for establishing a sustainable ecosystem and maintaining wildlife populations on the Quinault Indian Nation.

Cougar, Roosevelt Elk, black-tailed deer, coyote, bobcat, beaver, river otter, raccoon, and black bears are native to the Quinault region and remain culturally important to the native people of the Olympic Peninsula. Seals, sea lions and sea otters are found on the coast. Records, photographs and oral histories indicate that these species have been respected and harvested sustainably for centuries for food, clothing, tools, medicines and spiritual uses.

While many coastal tribes on the Olympic Peninsula concentrated on marine and river resources, the Quinault in particular were known to be skilled hunters of larger mammals inland and upland. Today these animals continue to provide a lean source of protein for tribal members as well as opportunities for inter-generational teaching about cultural history, traditional worldviews, hunting and food preparation.

Bird Species Inhabit the Quinault Wildlife Habitat

Quinault Wildlife Habitat Project
A Northern Spotted Owl peeks through the trees in the Quinault forest

More than 200 species of birds live on Quinault Indian Nation lands either year-round or seasonally. Half are water birds found near the ocean or along streams. Species on the Quinault Indian Nation include; bald eagle, golden eagle, osprey, hawk, blue heron, raven and crow. Eagles receive special protection as do endangered marbled murrelets and northern spotted owls. Ravens also hold a special place in the cultures of all Northwestern tribes. Migratory Canada geese, trumpeter swan, and a raft of smaller birds also utilize the Quinault Rain Forest throughout the year.

The Quinault Wildlife Habitat Project is committed to meeting the ongoing challenges of establishing a sustainable environment and preserving wildlife populations on the Quinault Indian Nation particularly in a time of climate change, preserving cultural resources, protecting treaty resources, meeting the human needs of the tribe, and promoting tribal capacity building through education in natural resource management.

Environmental Protection Manager, Daniel Ravenel  »  360.276.8215 x7301

Habitat Management Scientist, Bill Armstrong  »  360.276.8215 x240

Wildlife Biologist, Andrew Annanie  »  360.276.8215 x7323

Wildlife Biologist, Deidre Hayward  »  360.276.8215 x7322

Fish Habitat Biologist, Ben Majsterek  »  360.276.8215 x7305

Marine Resources Scientist, Joe Schumacker  »  360.276.8215 x327

Wildlife Section Manager, Kristen Phillips  »  360.276.8215 x7321

Additional Quinault Wildlife Habitat Resources:

Defenders of Wildlife

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

National Park Service


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Environmental Protection Manager

Quinault Division of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Manager Daniel Ravenel