At the entrance to the San Juan Channel between Lopez and San Juan Island, the raging tidal currents can stir up bottom nutrients that nurture an abundance of marine life. Sea birds gather here in winter to dive for fish. Once, I observed nearly a hundred wintering Pacific loons assemble to feed here. From the bluffs above I watched some approach in small tight formations only to quickly land and plunge for food. The following week the birds were gone on their way north to the Arctic to breed. Their feeding time here is a critical preparation for the breeding season ahead. - Tony Angell
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