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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.

 

 

 

Saturday, September 14, 8:15-10:30AM
Green Lake Park
Leader: Roniq Bartanen
Meeting Point: Green Lake Boathouse in front of the café, 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 lingering summer migrants such as various Warblers, Vireos, Osprey, and Swallows, as well as the many other bird species that spend time here throughout the year. The next few months will also bring the arrival of Fall/Winter migratory species to our area. 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 borrowed from Seattle Audubon Society. The Café where we meet outside is open 7 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, September 14, 9:00-11:00AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: The parking lot side of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 1-2 miles walking

As many of Carkeek's songbirds will migrate south during the fall months, seabirds that bred farther to the north in the summer will begin to return to the Puget Sound.  As the days shorten, there will be a period in which we will likely hear birds singing again as they did in the spring.  This phenomenon is called "The Autumnal Recrudescence of the Amatory Urge", and we will definitely keep our ears open for it!  During the walk, we will split our time between forest paths and the beach during the fall walks, as there are always interesting birds to find in each habitat.
Participants should always check the weather forecast prior to each walk in case conditions are cool, wet, and/or windy.  One telescope and a Sibley Bird Guide will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes and guides.

Wednesday, September 18, 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.

Sunday, September 22, 8:30-10:30 AM
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Leader: Eric Crockett & Emily Larson
Meeting Point: the north parking lot just down the hill from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center on 118th Ave SE, Bellevue
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), D (one very steep hill), ~1.5 miles walking

Come explore the Eastside at Lake Washington's largest freshwater wetland! We'll descend a short but steep hillside into the slough, and then walk around the Bellefields Loop Trail. As we search the woods, channel, and blueberry farm for birds, there will be an emphasis on listening for bird sounds. Binoculars will come in handy, but scopes are not needed. Birders of all levels and ages are welcome. Bathrooms at the Education Center are Closed until 10:00 AM.

Saturday, September 28, 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, October 5, 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, October 5, 9:00-11:00AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: The parking lot side of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 1-2 miles walking

As many of Carkeek's songbirds will migrate south during the fall months, seabirds that bred farther to the north in the summer will begin to return to the Puget Sound.  As the days shorten, there will be a period in which we will likely hear birds singing again as they did in the spring.  This phenomenon is called "The Autumnal Recrudescence of the Amatory Urge", and we will definitely keep our ears open for it!  During the walk, we will split our time between forest paths and the beach during the fall walks, as there are always interesting birds to find in each habitat.
Participants should always check the weather forecast prior to each walk in case conditions are cool, wet, and/or windy.  One telescope and a Sibley Bird Guide will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes and guides.

Sunday, October 6, 8:30-10:30 AM
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Leader: Eric Crockett & Emily Larson
Meeting Point: the north parking lot just down the hill from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center on 118th Ave SE, Bellevue
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), D (one very steep hill), ~1.5 miles walking

Come explore the Eastside at Lake Washington's largest freshwater wetland! We'll descend a short but steep hillside into the slough, and then walk around the Bellefields Loop Trail. As we search the woods, channel, and blueberry farm for birds, there will be an emphasis on listening for bird sounds. Binoculars will come in handy, but scopes are not needed. Birders of all levels and ages are welcome. Bathrooms at the Education Center are Closed until 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, October 8, 9:00AM - Noon
Lincoln Park, Seattle
Leaders: Anne Jacobs, Dick Lazeres, & Patty North
Meeting Point:  Southern-most Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way SW (8600 block of Fauntleroy Way SW)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground, sand, dirt trail, one hill), 2 miles

Lincoln Park is in West Seattle near the Fauntleroy ferry dock.  We will stroll the beach seeking good looks at waterfowl and wander the forest to discover fall/winter residents.  Great walk for beginners.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  (Available on loan from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop).  Dress for blustery winter weather.  About 2 miles of mostly level walking with one climb back to our starting point.   Over by 12 Noon.

Saturday, October 12, 8:30-11:00AM
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 lingering summer migrants such as various Warblers, Vireos, Osprey, and Swallows, as well as the many other bird species that spend time here throughout the year. The next few months will also bring the arrival of Fall/Winter migratory species to our area. 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 borrowed from Seattle Audubon Society. The Café where we meet outside is open 7 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, October 16, 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.

Saturday, October 19, 2019  8:30am-11:00 am
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting place: parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
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.

Saturday, October 19, 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, October 19, 8:30-10:30 AM
Discovery Park
Leader: Neil  Zimmerman, 425-485-3122
N3zims@comcast.net
Meeting Point: Discovery Park South Parking Lot
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking

Discovery Park is at the western end of Interbay-Magnolia. Meet near the toilet facility at the South Parking lot (enter on right off W Emerson St. just beyond Viewmont Way W).

Saturday, November 2, 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, November 2, 9:30 AM
Seward Park
Leader: Richard Youel, (206) 282-3758
cryouel@msn.com
Meeting Point: Seward Park Nature Center
Trip Accessibility: 1(leisurely pace),  B/C(soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 1-2 miles

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. We will begin with a level walk on paved and soft lawn surfaces at the Lake Washington shore observing water birds. Then we will walk up hill on wood steps and on hiking trails observing birds of the forest. Seasonal wet conditions can be expected.

Sunday, November 2, 8:30-10:30 AM
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Leader: Eric Crockett & Emily Larson
Meeting Point: the north parking lot just down the hill from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center on 118th Ave SE, Bellevue
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), D (one very steep hill), ~1.5 miles walking

Come explore the Eastside at Lake Washington's largest freshwater wetland! We'll descend a short but steep hillside into the slough, and then walk around the Bellefields Loop Trail. As we search the woods, channel, and blueberry farm for birds, there will be an emphasis on listening for bird sounds. Binoculars will come in handy, but scopes are not needed. Birders of all levels and ages are welcome. Bathrooms at the Education Center are Closed until 10:00 AM.

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

As many of Carkeek's songbirds will migrate south during the fall months, seabirds that bred farther to the north in the summer will begin to return to the Puget Sound.  As the days shorten, there will be a period in which we will likely hear birds singing again as they did in the spring.  This phenomenon is called "The Autumnal Recrudescence of the Amatory Urge", and we will definitely keep our ears open for it!  During the walk, we will split our time between forest paths and the beach during the fall walks, as there are always interesting birds to find in each habitat.
Participants should always check the weather forecast prior to each walk in case conditions are cool, wet, and/or windy.  One telescope and a Sibley Bird Guide will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes and guides.

Saturday, November 9, 2019  8:30am - 11am
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting place: parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
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.

Wednesday, November 20, 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.

Saturday, November 23, 8:30-11:00AM
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 lingering summer migrants such as various Warblers, Vireos, Osprey, and Swallows, as well as the many other bird species that spend time here throughout the year. The next few months will also bring the arrival of Fall/Winter migratory species to our area. 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 borrowed from Seattle Audubon Society. The Café where we meet outside is open 7 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, November 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)
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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