The Discovery Coast has more bald eagles than any place south of Alaska, and more pelagic and coastal seabirds than anywhere else on the West Coast.
Eagles and falcons: Peregrine falcons are frequently seen swooping down to intercept prey in Leadbetter Point State Park. Bald eagles and other birds of prey are often spotted in the vicinity of Willapa Bay and the Columbia River.
Herons: Quite common around the margins of Willapa Bay and the Columbia estuary shore.
Pelicans: Pelicans, cormorants, Caspian terns, kingfishers and herons all gather in great numbers along the Columbia River estuary east of Ilwaco.
Swans: Trumpeter and tundra swans can often be observed in Peninsula lakes, especially Black Lake near Ilwaco and Brisco Lake north of Long Beach.
Elk: Elk also can often be spotted near Bear River, on U.S. Highway 101 on the way to South Bend, and near Naselle.
Seals and sealions: These marine mammals can often be spotted from the jetty at Cape Disappointment State Park.
Bears: The Peninsula and Long Island are said to have among the greatest concentrations of black bears in the nation.