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Neighborhood Bird Walks

Join Seattle Audubon, rain or shine, for a bird walk. No sign up required! Beginning birders or new Seattleites will especially enjoy this initial exposure to the rich variety of regional bird life. Families and non-members are welcome to attend.

Participants in Seattle Audubon programs may borrow optics at no cost. If needed, request binoculars from The Nature Shop; reserving binoculars in advance will better ensure availability. Further information is available from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 206-523-4483.

For directions to upcoming bird walks, click here.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking

We will be walking ~2 miles, uphill and down, looking and listening for forest birds.  Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds.  This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars, water, and a willingness to stop & listen.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Bus #62 or #75 goes to NE 65th St Entrance at Sand Point Way NE.  Walk or drive east to parking lot
E-1.  The Education Pavilion is a small, red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the "Printable Park Map" at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/magnuson-park


Saturday, June 22, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (mostly gravel trails, with some soft ground or mud), ~1.5 miles walking

Union Bay Natural Area lies in northeast Seattle, east of the University of Washington. Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to becomes NE 41st Street.


Sunday, June 23, 9:00-10:30AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Penny Bolton
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, gravel trails, + some pavement & mud), ~2 miles walking

The Washington Park Arboretum is a 200-acre park on the shore of Lake Washington, in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot, 2300 Arboretum Drive E.
This 1 1/2 hour morning stroll will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of this special Seattle park and tree collection. We will meet our neighborhood birds and learn about native plants in the park. Bring your ears and binoculars. We will listen to birds and learn some common bird songs. This is a good walk for families with children but not for dogs.

 

Saturday, July 6, 9:00-11:00AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, gravel trails, + some pavement & mud), ~2 miles walking

A beginner’s Bird Walk among the trees of the Arboretum and along the shores of Union Bay. Larry enjoys pointing out the various species and often provides distinguishing photos for illustration. Occasionally, he is able to relate the history of individual Union Bay birds:
•    Eva and Albert - The 520 Eagles,
•    Chip and Goldie - our Pileated Woodpeckers,
•    Chester and Lacey - our local, but migrating Osprey and
•    Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles.    
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are generally level, but sometimes muddy. Families are welcome, but please leave the pets at home.


Saturday, July 6, 8:15-10:30AM
Green Lake Park
Leader: Roniq Bartanen
Meeting Point: Green Lake Boathouse in front of the cafe. 7351 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), A (paved and level), 2.8 miles walking

Most people know Green Lake as a place to run, walk your dog and go for a nice stroll in the city but did you know it’s also a rich and diverse “Urban Birding” habitat? Over 170 species of birds have been seen here.
Join us as we explore the arrival of Spring/Summer migrants such as various Warblers, Vireos, Osprey, Swallows, Rufous Hummingbirds and Western Tanagers as well as the many other bird species that spend time here throughout the year.  All levels of birders are welcome from beginner and beyond as well as families. We will move at an easy pace navigating 2.8 miles of level terrain. Restroom options can be found along the way. Please leave dogs at home so our feathered friends won’t be scared off and dress appropriately for the weather. Binoculars are not necessary but will enhance the experience and can be rented at Seattle Audubon Society. The Café where we meet outside is open 8 am to 5 pm, weather permitting. A small parking lot is available as well as street parking. Public transportation is encouraged and a bike rack is also nearby. Trail is ADA accessible; all abilities and mobility’s are welcome!


Saturday, July 13, 9:00-11:AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: On the parking lot side of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and to the beach
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 1-2 miles walking

In spring and summer, our walk will focus primarily on Carkeek Park's wetlands, forest trails, and orchard.  We will spend time talking about bird vocalizations as well as visual identification, because the dense vegetation of the forest sometimes makes it hard to visually locate our feathered friends.  If we are lucky, we may find young fledglings that have recently left their nests.  Most of Puget Sound's seabirds are present in the winter and absent in the summer, but we will also spend a little time seeing if there is anything interesting on the beach or out on the water.
Participants should always check the weather forecast prior to each walk in case conditions are cool or wet.  One telescope and a Sibley Bird Guide will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes and guides.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking

We will be walking ~2 miles, uphill and down, looking and listening for forest birds.  Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds.  This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars, water, and a willingness to stop & listen.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Bus #62 or #75 goes to NE 65th St Entrance at Sand Point Way NE.  Walk or drive east to parking lot
E-1.  The Education Pavilion is a small, red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the "Printable Park Map" at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/magnuson-park


Saturday, July 20, 8:00-10:30 AM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the
Restrooms
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 2-3 miles walking

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.


Saturday, July 27, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (mostly gravel trails, with some soft ground or mud), ~1.5 miles walking

Union Bay Natural Area lies in northeast Seattle, east of the University of Washington. Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to becomes NE 41st Street.


Saturday, August 3, 9:00-11:00AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, gravel trails, + some pavement & mud), ~2 miles walking

A beginner’s Bird Walk among the trees of the Arboretum and along the shores of Union Bay. Larry enjoys pointing out the various species and often provides distinguishing photos for illustration. Occasionally, he is able to relate the history of individual Union Bay birds:
•    Eva and Albert - The 520 Eagles,
•    Chip and Goldie - our Pileated Woodpeckers,
•    Chester and Lacey - our local, but migrating Osprey and
•    Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles.    
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are


Saturday, August 10, 9:00-11:AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: On the parking lot side of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and to the beach
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 1-2 miles walking

In spring and summer, our walk will focus primarily on Carkeek Park's wetlands, forest trails, and orchard.  We will spend time talking about bird vocalizations as well as visual identification, because the dense vegetation of the forest sometimes makes it hard to visually locate our feathered friends.  If we are lucky, we may find young fledglings that have recently left their nests.  Most of Puget Sound's seabirds are present in the winter and absent in the summer, but we will also spend a little time seeing if there is anything interesting on the beach or out on the water.
Participants should always check the weather forecast prior to each walk in case conditions are cool or wet.  One telescope and a Sibley Bird Guide will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes and guides.


Saturday, August 17, 8:00-10:30 AM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the
Restrooms
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 2-3 miles walking

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.


Saturday, August,17, 8:15-10:30AM
Green Lake Park
Leader: Roniq Bartanen
Meeting Point: Green Lake Boathouse in front of the cafe. 7351 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), A (paved and level), 2.8 miles walking

Most people know Green Lake as a place to run, walk your dog and go for a nice stroll in the city but did you know it’s also a rich and diverse “Urban Birding” habitat? Over 170 species of birds have been seen here.
Join us as we explore the arrival of Spring/Summer migrants such as various Warblers, Vireos, Osprey, Swallows, Rufous Hummingbirds and Western Tanagers as well as the many other bird species that spend time here throughout the year.  All levels of birders are welcome from beginner and beyond as well as families. We will move at an easy pace navigating 2.8 miles of level terrain. Restroom options can be found along the way. Please leave dogs at home so our feathered friends won’t be scared off and dress appropriately for the weather. Binoculars are not necessary but will enhance the experience and can be rented at Seattle Audubon Society. The Café where we meet outside is open 8 am to 5 pm, weather permitting. A small parking lot is available as well as street parking. Public transportation is encouraged and a bike rack is also nearby. Trail is ADA accessible; all abilities and mobility’s are welcome!


Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking

We will be walking ~2 miles, uphill and down, looking and listening for forest birds.  Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds.  This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars, water, and a willingness to stop & listen.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Bus #62 or #75 goes to NE 65th St Entrance at Sand Point Way NE.  Walk or drive east to parking lot
E-1.  The Education Pavilion is a small, red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the "Printable Park Map" at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/magnuson-park


Saturday, August, 24, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (mostly gravel trails, with some soft ground or mud), ~1.5 miles walking

Union Bay Natural Area lies in northeast Seattle, east of the University of Washington. Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to becomes NE 41st Street.

 

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