Leading a local community in appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.

Upcoming Field Trips

To register by phone call 206-523-4483, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit The Nature Shop to register in-person.

You may sign yourself and one guest up for no more than two trips per month. We operate under the expectation that folks will attend the trips for which they sign up.

Friday, August 30
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center Parking Lot
Limit: 8
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace) C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2-3 miles walking

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 - mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and other parts of the park.  We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds.  Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks.  Over by 11:00 a.m.

 

Monday, September 2, 2019
Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill)
Leaders: Jen McKeirnan & Jen Vanderhoof
Meeting Point: 7:30 AM, Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture east-side parking lot
Limit: 10
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), B (gravel trails and soft ground), 3 miles mostly level walking, no vehicle travel

The Union Bay Natural Area is distinguished for diverse habitats including grasslands, woods, ponds, marshland, and lake shoreline. It attracts a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. Over by 11am. Honey buckets will be available. Bring binoculars.


Saturday, September 7, 2019
Grays Harbor Area - Fall Migrating Shorebirds
Leader: Tim Boyer (206-730-6925, day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 5:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, sand, gravel, dirt roads), ~1 mile walking, significant vehicle travel with frequent in-and-out of vehicles

We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores, and stop by the water treatment plan in Hoquiam on the way back. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location. During high tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty. During the afternoon at low tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds and hope to find some fall rarities. Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather and bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75.00 per car, shared equally by passengers. This trip is full. To join the wait list, click the SIGN UP button (above) and add the WAIT LIST option to your cart.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell (206-619-0379, day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM (prompt), Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibility: 0 (essentially no walking, mostly roadside stops), B (soft ground and pavement), minimal walking, significant vehicle travel with moderate in-and-out of vehicles.

September can be good for southbound shorebirds, as well as passerines and raptors and possibly loons, grebes and alcids. Plan on a full day as we hit the best spots on Whidbey, starting at the south end of the island and working our way north. We will carpool in three cars and plan on catching the 7:00 a.m. ferry from Mukilteo. Bring lunch, fluids, and scope if you have one. Dress for the weather.  Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 per vehicle shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared equally by driver and riders.


Friday, September 20, 2019
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judy Roan (206-236-0511, day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 9:00 AM, Meet in north parking lot near tennis courts
Limit: 10
Trip Accessibility: 1(leisurely pace) B (soft ground, gravel, pavement), 1 mile walking, no vehicle travel

Bald Eagles roost in view. Four species of grebe may be found on the lake, as well as Belted Kingfisher. Cedar Waxwings dine on hawthorn berries and flocks of American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin are possible. Walk one mile; ground can be soggy, so proper foot-gear is needed. Back by noon.


Saturday, September 21, 2019
Whidbey Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman (206-200-6700, day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, Lynnwood Transit Center
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, gravel, dirt roads), less than a mile walking, significant vehicle travel with frequent in-and-out of vehicles

We'll be exploring Whidbey for shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds. We will drive up I-5 to the north end of Whidbey Island first and then work our way south to the Clinton ferry at the end of the day. We will be driving to different locations and taking short walks. Wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothes for the weather. Scopes will be useful. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch and plenty of fluids and treats for the leader. We will return about 6 PM. Participants will receive detailed information about where to meet before the trip from the leader. Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders, plus the cost of the ferry shared equally by driver and passengers. This trip is full. To join the wait list, click the SIGN UP button (above) and add the WAIT LIST option to your cart.


Saturday, September 28, 2019
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: 8:30AM, parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
Limit: 10
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), C (hiking trails with gently rolling hills and some steps); 2-3 miles walking, no vehicle travel

Expect to walk 2–3 leisurely paced miles, including some hills and steps. We will first walk the main paths and steps in this very scenic park. Then, we’ll return to our cars, grab our spotting scopes, and walk the short distance to the beach for some seabird watching overlooking the Puget Sound. The weather is usually cooler on the beach, so wear layers and rain gear, if necessary. Bring binoculars, of course, and a scope, if you have one. (We will share spotting scopes, so it’s not a problem if you don’t have one). Please bring along your sense of humor, but leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor. Over by 11:00AM.


Sunday, September 29, 2019
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Dave Galvin (206-718-5397, day of trip only) and Louis Kreemer
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, South Parking Lot of park
Limit: 12
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), C/D (gravel trails and pavement with some steep inclines), 3-4 miles walking on dirt and gravel trails with some elevation gain, no vehicle travel

September is a good time for migration as many species, especially the juveniles, are set to migrate to warmer climes for winter. We can expect lingering "summer" birds that are about to depart south, up mountain or inland species heading back down for winter, and others that have recently arrived from the north on their way to wintering zones here or farther south. From the South Parking Lot, we’ll work our way to the South Meadow, where various sparrows are often abundant. Rare species are always a possibility within this diverse park. From the meadow we’ll go north to Bird Alley and Utah Wetlands, and walk through a large forested stretch on our way to the water. We hope to observe late warbler species as well as other migrants. West Point is a great place to view migrating seabirds, and we can expect various duck, loon, grebe and gull species. There may also be shorebirds on the beach or flying by. Afterwards we’ll make our way back up the bluff and to the parking lot. Expect to end by noon at the earliest. There will be a good elevation change, and be prepared for up to 4 miles of walking: we will go slow, but this is a significant walk especially on the return from West Point uphill. Dress for the weather, and bring liquids, snacks and binoculars; a spotting scope would be helpful on West Point. Leaders will have scopes. This trip is full. To join the wait list, click the SIGN UP button (above) and add the WAIT LIST option to your cart.

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