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Introducing the NEW field trip lottery: To help more people have a chance at getting a space on our very popular field trips, we will be implementing a field trip sign-up lottery system starting in November.

This is how it will work:

  1. New field trip offerings are published in our monthly eNewsletter that goes out the first of each month at approximately 10:00 a.m. 
  2. Select up to two field trips you can attend and sign-up (for you and an optional guest) using the registration form link.
  3. 24 hours after field trips open, the registration time period will close. Field trip participants will be randomly selected from the registration list.
  4. Those who win a spot on a trip will be emailed. There is no need for registrants to confirm their attendance; we have always expected registrants to attend trips for which they sign up, and that policy stands with this new system.
  5. Those who were not randomly selected for a trip will be notified via email that they are on the wait list.
  6. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be moved off the wait list, and on to the field trip participant list also using this same lottery system, and will be notified by email and by phone.

Seattle Audubon members will continue to have priority registration, and non-Seattle Audubon members may begin registering for the lottery seven days after trip registration opens.

Not a current Seattle Audubon member? Join or renew today! To check your membership status, please email Membership Services Associate, Anna Dukes.


    • Members may sign up for themselves and one guest for no more than two trips per month, even with the new lottery system.
    • We expect people to show up for the trips they are registered. If you need to cancel, please get in touch so that we may fill your spot with someone from the wait list.
COVID-19 Protocol - updated September 2, 2021

Effective September 2, the following modifications for Seattle Audubon activities went into effect:

  • During field trips, Seattle Audubon requests that participants follow King County masking guidance for outdoor activities where 6′ distance cannot be maintained:
    • Masks recommended: Fully vaccinated people
    • Masks required: Not fully vaccinated people (no change)
  • Carpools:
    • Generally discouraged, but permitted, for fully vaccinated individuals wearing masks.
    • Prohibited for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.
  • Vaccination status for outdoor activities will be determined through a self-reported honor system; Seattle Audubon will not be tracking vaccination status beyond staff and a small circle of volunteers.

We recognize that a significant number of our community members—specifically families with children under 12 and others who are high-risk or medically exempt from vaccination—remain vulnerable.

We urge everyone in our community to remain compassionate towards one another. No one should be judged on the basis of their masking behavior or whether they choose to participate in a carpool, as long as it aligns with Seattle Audubon’s guidelines.

October 2021 Field Trips

CLICK HERE –>Register to be added to the wait list for  October field trips

Sunday, October 3, 2021
Lincoln Park This trip is full. Please register to join the wait list.
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
8:00 AM, Lincoln Park South-end Parking Lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.
Limit: 8
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, pavement), walk up to 4 miles with some hills
Explore the West Seattle waterfront and woodlands in search of wintering and resident species. Expect to see ducks, loons, grebes and alcids on the water. Woodland bird sightings bring wrens, sparrows, chickadees, kinglets and raptors. This field trip is geared for beginner birders. Expect to walk up to 4 leisurely paced miles with some hills. Bring binoculars, and a scope if you own one. Dress to stay warm and dry. Restrooms will be available. Bring water and snacks. Over around 11 AM.

Saturday, October 9, 2021
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park (2021 NW 190th St., Shoreline) This trip is full. Please register to join the wait list.
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Limit: 7
8:30 AM, 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 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. Note: Due to COVID, we will not share our scopes with other participants. However, a pair of binoculars is all you really need to enjoy the walk. Over around 11 AM.

Thursday, October 14, 2021
Magnuson Park This trip is full. Please register to join the wait list.
Leader: Jan Bragg (206-234-7196, day of trip only)
10:00 AM, Main Wetlands parking lot, E-5, used by Seattle Children’s Hospital. On your left, after entering Magnuson Park at NE 65th St entrance. Bus #62 or #75 stops at Sand Point Way NE x NE 65th St; ~10 min walk down entrance road.
Limit: 8
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2-3 miles walking.
We will be walking uphill and down, looking and listening for forest birds. We will also 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 and listen to bird sounds. Over by early afternoon. All are welcome!

Monday, October 18, 2021
Discovery Park This trip is full. Please register to join the wait list.
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak (206-693-0260, day of trip only)
8:00 AM, Discovery Park South parking lot. Enter at W Emerson and 43rd Ave W.
Limit: 6
Trip Accessibility: 1-2 (leisurely to moderate pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills). 2-3 miles walking
We will take a leisurely 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 wintering birds. Dress for the weather; bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Nature Shop. Leave pets at home. Over by 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Union Bay Natural Area This trip is full. Please register to join the wait list.
Leader: Julia Hansbrough (270-799-9359, day of trip only)
9:00 AM, Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Limit: 10
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 become NE 41st Street. Over by 11:00 a.m.

November 2021 Field Trips

Registration for November opens on Monday, November 1. Please read the instructions for the new field trips LOTTERY system that we’ll be piloting in November.

Trip Accessibility Indicators

Trip Accessability Chart

Seattle Audubon offers field trips throughout the year. Beginner birders are encouraged to join any field trip, and trip listings contain details about pace, terrain, walking distance, and information about vehicle travel.

New field trips are generally posted on the first day of the month. Current Seattle Audubon members receive priority registration for new trips during the first week of every month.

We operate under the expectation that folks will attend the trips for which they sign up.

To sign-up for our monthly eNews with updates on events, opportunities, and field trip and neighborhood bird walk listings, fill out this form.