RAZOR CLAM DIGGING IS A HIGHLY POPULAR pursuit that draws hundreds of thousands of people to Washington’s coastal beaches every year. Most diggers can harvest their limit of clams in an hour or two and still have plenty of time to enjoy beachcombing, kite-flying and a wide range of other surfside activities.
While on the beach, clam diggers should be aware that two bird species — the Snowy Plover and the Streaked Horned Lark — nest in the soft sand above the high tide line. Both birds are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Normal nesting season generally runs from April 1 through September 15.
During this time, it is very easy to disturb the birds and their vulnerable young.