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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.

 

 

NEW
Saturday, December 15, 9:00-11:30 AM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms

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, December 15, 9:00-11:00 AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters (931) 224-6154
Meeting Point: Western-most parking lot at Carkeek Park in front of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and allows access to the beach

In the winter months, we will divide our time between Carkeek's forest trails and beach, where we hope to observe many of Puget Sound's wintering seabirds.  We will also attempt to locate some now-familiar Carkeek friends, such as "Fernando" the partially leucistic male Anna's Hummingbird.
Participants should be prepared for cool, windy, and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk.  The beach, in particular, can be quite cold and windy.  One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes.


Thursday, January 3, 9:00-11:00 AM
Lake Union Park
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Tom Leschine
Meeting Point: Southwest corner of Lake Union at Valley Street and Westlake Avenue North

Beginner’s bird walk along the SW shore of Lake Union. Good for close views of waterfowl through the winter months. Dress for winter weather. Explore South Lake union after the walk. The permanent exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is free on this first Thursday, as is nearby Center for Wooden Boats. We often stop at the MOHAI Cafe for coffee after the walk. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.


NEW
Saturday, January 5, 8:30-10:30 AM
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.

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 and the widest variety can be seen in winter.
Join us as we explore the lake’s wintering waterfowl and the many songbirds that spend time here throughout the year.  All levels of birders are welcome from beginner and beyond as well as families. We will spend 2 hours at an easy pace navigating the level terrain of the lake. Boots may be helpful as some spots can have puddles. Please leave dogs at home so our feathered friends won’t be scared off and dress appropriately for the weather. Binoculars are not required but will enhance the experience and can be borrowed from Seattle Audubon Nature Shop. We will bird the lake until 10:30 am rain or shine. The Cafe is open 7 am to 5 pm weather permitting. A small parking lot is available as well as street parking. *Trail is ADA accessible*


Saturday, January 5, 9:30 AM
Seward Park
Leader: Richard Youel, (206) 282-3758, cryouel@msn.com
Meeting Point: Seward Park Nature Center

Seward Park is on the shore of Lake Washington at S. Orcas St., and Lake Washington Blvd. Meet in front of the nature center at the east edge of the oval driveway. Metro bus #39.


Saturday, January 5, 9:00-11:00AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot, 2300 Arboretum Drive East

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.


NEW
Tuesday, January 8, 9:00-11:30 AM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms

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, January 12, 9:00-11:00AM
Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park
Leaders: Tom Leschine and Dave Galvin
Meeting Point: Olympic Sculpture Park in front of PACCAR Pavillion (upper floor), 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The theme of this walk is birding at the urban land-water interface. We’ll walk through the Sculpture Park and then go down the stairs to Myrtle Edwards Park and walk the waterfront trail along Elliot Bay. Waterfowl, wintering passerines, raptors and gulls can be spotted on this route. Limited Pay Parking is available on the street and in the PACCAR underground garage. Taking public transportation is recommended. For directions and more information go to the Olympic Sculpture Park or Myrtle Edwards Park website.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point

We will be walking ~2 miles, up hill and down, looking and listening for forest birds.  Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds.  As time allows, we may finally reach Lake Washington. This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars (can be borrowed at no cost from Seattle Audubon), warm water-proof clothes/shoes, 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, January 19, 9:00-11:00AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters 931-224-6154
Meeting Point: Western-most parking lot at Carkeek Park in front of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and allows access to the beach

In the winter months, we will divide our time between Carkeek's forest trails and beach, where we hope to observe many of Puget Sound's wintering seabirds.  We will also attempt to locate some now-familiar Carkeek friends, such as "Fernando" the partially leucistic male Anna's Hummingbird.
Participants should be prepared for cool, windy, and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk.  The beach, in particular, can be quite cold and windy.  One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes.


Saturday, January 26, 9:00-11:00 AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)

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, February 2, 9:00-11:00 AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot, 2300 Arboretum Drive East

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.


NEW
Tuesday February 5, 9:00-11:30 AM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms

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.

 

Thursday, February 7, 9:00-11:00 AM
Lake Union Park
Leaders: Tom Leschine
Meeting Point: Southwest corner of Lake Union at Valley Street and Westlake Avenue North

Beginner’s bird walk along the SW shore of Lake Union. Good for close views of waterfowl through the winter months. Dress for winter weather. Explore South Lake union after the walk. The permanent exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is free on this first Thursday, as is nearby Center for Wooden Boats. We often stop at the MOHAI Cafe for coffee after the walk. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.


Saturday, February 16, 9:00-11:00 AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters (931) 224-6154
Meeting Point: Western-most parking lot at Carkeek Park in front of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and allows access to the beach

In the winter months, we will divide our time between Carkeek's forest trails and beach, where we hope to observe many of Puget Sound's wintering seabirds.  We will also attempt to locate some now-familiar Carkeek friends, such as "Fernando" the partially leucistic male Anna's Hummingbird.
Participants should be prepared for cool, windy, and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk.  The beach, in particular, can be quite cold and windy.  One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion at base of Promontory Point

We will be walking ~2 miles, up hill and down, looking and listening for forest birds.  Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds.  As time allows, we may finally reach Lake Washington. This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult).  Bring binoculars (can be borrowed at no cost from Seattle Audubon), warm water-proof clothes/shoes, 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, February 23, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)

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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