Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Badger Island and Crescent Island, Washington"
Includes ... Badger Island ... Crescent Island ...
Image, 2005, Badger Island, click to enlarge
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Badger Island, Washington. View from Washington State Highway 12, upstream of the Port of Walla Walla. Image taken September 25, 2005.


Badger Island and Crescent Island ...
Badger Island and Crescent Island are located in the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 318, seven miles downstream of the Snake River and the Burbank Slough and two miles upstream of Wallula, Washington and the mouth of the Walla Walla River.

Badger Island ...
Badger Island, not quite 15 acres in size, is part of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge. The island is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is co-managed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Badger Island is the location of the only known nesting colony of American White Pelicans in the State of Washington (information dated 2007), listed as an endangered bird in Washingon. The island is closed to the Public. According to the "Bird Research Northwest" website (2009),

"... American white pelicans first nested on Badger Island in 1997 (ca. 20 breeding pairs) and the colony has grown to about 700 breeding pairs by 2007. Pelicans nest on the ground in at least three disjunct areas of the island: the upstream tip, half way down the island on the eastern shore, and the interior of the island. Much of the pelican colony is concealed from view from the water and from the air by dense shrub vegetation; the size of the colony is estimated by counts of adults from aerial photos taken of the island. ..." [Bird Research Northwest, in partnership with Oregon State University, Real Time Research, and the USGS-Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, website, June 2009]

Crescent Island ...
Crescent Island, just downstream from Badger Island, is also part of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge complex, and is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and co-managed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"... Crescent Island is artificial and was created from dredged materials in 1985 as mitigation for waterfowl nesting habitat lost during construction of the Wallula pulp mill; today it consists of ca. 3 ha with a mix of dense upland shrub habitat (island interior) and bare ground (island periphery). Caspian terns have nested on Crescent Island since shortly after the island was built. In 2001 the Caspian tern colony consisted of over 650 nesting pairs, but has steadily declined to 390 breeding pairs in 2008. The area used by nesting terns is small (0.07 ha) compared to the much larger area used by nesting California gulls, which use the area immediately adjacent to the tern colony and around the islandís periphery. About 2,000 pairs of California gulls nest on Crescent Island, along with a few breeding pairs of ring-billed gulls. The presence of the large gull colony on Crescent Island seems to limit the area used by the Caspian tern colony. Black-crowned night-herons and great blue herons nest in trees in the island's interior. ..." [Bird Research Northwest, in partnership with Oregon State University, Real Time Research, and the USGS-Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, website, June 2009]

Image, 2005, Crescent Island, click to enlarge
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Crescent Island, Washington. View from Washington State Highway 12, upstream of the Port of Walla Walla. The Wallula Gap is in the background. Image taken September 25, 2005.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 18, 1805 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:
  • Bird Research Northwest, in partnership with Oregon State University, Real Time Research, and the USGS-Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, website, June 2009;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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