Deer Lagoon is a state recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) with at least 211 different bird species having been documented at the lagoon. Washington State Fish and Wildlife reports that Deer Lagoon is the single most important site on Whidbey Island for use by waterfowl year around. The lagoon is a critical resting and feeding site for migrating shorebirds in the spring and fall. It has been labeled the most important wetlands in Island County and for this reason alone deserves the highest levels of protection.
Carlos Andersen is a Whidbey Audubon Society member, field trip leader and former Conservation Committee member. He has dedicated his life to environmental protection and preservation. You can often find him down at Deer Lagoon, looking through his scope or binoculars at the incredible diversity of life that lives at or passes through.