On the eastern side of Hartstene Island is a small island that Wilkes failed to document in his narrative, though he might have noted it in a chart. The island was later named after the surveyor “McMicken.” McMicken Island is a jewel that cannot be missed when visiting South Puget Sound. During our visit in June of 2014 we enjoyed watching and listening to a bald eagle, along with kingfishers, pigeon guillemots, and other birds. After tying our boat to a buoy we hiked the trail around the 11-acre park. Several sand dollars were found on the beach and the remains of the eagle’s (or an owls’s?) dinner were spotted on the path. With the exception of the buildings on the island’s south side, all of the beach, including the tombolo, is public. At a low tide, the tombolo forms a land bridge to Harstene Island. One night we heard coyotes on Harstene and noticed a dead deer carcass on the tombolo at low tide. The Hartstene islanders seed the tidelands with oysters and we noticed many clam shells, along with what looks like a midden.