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.
Neighborhood Bird Walk are less formal than field trips, as they do not require sign-ups and tend to last around two hours. NBW's introduce participants to many fine birding locations in the greater Seattle area. Families are welcome.
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New field trips are generally posted on the first day of the month. Current Seattle Audubon members recieve priority registraion for new trips during the first week of every month.
You may sign yourself and one guest up for no more than two trips per month.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.
We operate under the expectation that folks will attend the trips for which they sign up.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Spot: 8:30 am, 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); 2-3 miles walking with no in-and-out of vehicles
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. (We will share spotting scopes, so it’s not a problem if you don’t have one). Over at 11:00 am. Please bring along your sense of humor, but leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Skagit and Samish Flats
Leader: Karen Wosilait (206-356-6610, day of trip only)
Meeting Spot: 6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 7 in 2 cars
Trip Accessibility: 1(leisurely pace), B(soft ground, gravel, pavement), 1-2 miles walking, significant vehicle travel with moderate in-and-out of vehicles
Skagit and Samish flats offer some of the best winter raptor and waterfowl viewing in the state. Expect to see Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, Trumpeter Swans, Snow Geese, Bald Eagles. We’ll look for Short-eared Owls, Tundra Swans, wintering shorebirds, and with luck we’ll find a falcon or two. Hunting season is over in February, so it’s a great time to look for ducks, including concentrations of Eurasian Wigeon. Dress in layers for potentially cold, wet, and windy conditions. We’ll be in and out of the cars, so there will be plenty of opportunities to warm up if needed, but we may luck out and hit one of February’s “false spring” days. Bring lunch, snacks, and fluids. Scopes useful. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Return by early evening. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders. This trip is FULL. To join the wait list, click the sign up button above and add the wait list option to your cart.
March Field Trips
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Leader: Gary Kelsberg
7:30 AM, upper parking lot by Picnic Shelter 3 (go left, north, from the Audubon Center and bathrooms, continuing up the paved road to the parking lot)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many breaks to stop and listen), B (soft ground, dirt, gravel, some moderate hills), walking from the parking lot, no cars
We will walk the trails of Seward Park listening and looking for resident birds and some early migrants. Seward Park has 120 acres of old growth forest and is home to two pairs of Bald Eagles, as well as a variety of forest birds. By spring, not only will we be able to hear bird songs and calls, but the re-emerging foliage will make birding by ear very useful. We will aim to identify the sounds of common birds as well as find them with binoculars, a good way to refresh skills. Over by 10:30. This trip is FULL. To join the wait list, click the sign up button above and add the wait list option to your cart.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Leaders: Emily Larson, Eric Crockett
7:00 AM, Tolt-MacDonald Park
Trip Accessibilty: 2 (moderate, steady but able to maintain a conversation), C(hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), 2-3 miles walking with some vehicle travel and minimal in-and-out of vehicles.
We'll explore the fields and wetlands of the lower Snoqualmie Valley around Carnation. Expect sparrows, waterfowl, and raptors. After dropping cars off at the trail crossing with WA-203, we’ll drive to the Faye Road access, then walk approximately two miles along the field edges of the Stillwater Wildlife Unit and on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail back toward Carnation. After that we’ll drive to Chinook Bend Natural Area and bird our way down to the river for an early lunch/snack. If time allows, we’ll finish at Sikes Lake before completing the road loop back to Faye Road. We should have everyone back to their cars by early afternoon. Bring a Discover Pass, backpack, binoculars, a lunch/snack, water, and shoes/boots that can handle mud. Carpool cost: $2/$4 per car (depending on the car shuttle), shared equally by riders.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Leader: Lee Barnes
6:30 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R - leave promptly to catch the 7:10 ferry
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibilty: 1 (leisurely walking), B (soft ground, dirt, gravel), getting in and out of vehicles to bird at numerous stops
Take a ride on the West Side! Explore the Northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Visit birding hot spots like Salsbury Point County Park, Oak Bay, Mystery Bay, and Ft Flagler State Park. See historic Nordland and Pt Wilson. Expect a diversity of bird families, raptors, shorebirds, alcids, water fowl, and passerines. We'll catch the 7:10 a.m. Edmonds-Kingston Ferry, bird the day away, and return in the late afternoon. Dress for inclement weather, hope for sun, expect a good time. Bring a lunch, binoculars, scopes, money for the ferry and carpool costs, and a spirit of adventure. Drivers need a current Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $30 shared equally by riders plus cost of ferry shared by driver and riders. 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, March 14, 2020
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman
7:00 a.m., Lynnwood Park and Ride
Limit: 10 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many breaks to stop and observe), B (soft ground, dirt, gravel, some rolling hills)
Winter is a good time to look for loons, diving ducks and alcids. Loons sometimes number in the hundreds. Long-tailed Ducks are also normally seen. We’ll start at Semiahmoo and make our way to Drayton Harbor, the Blaine Marina and Birch Bay. Weather and time permitting, we will stop at Lake Terrell on our way home. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Dress for cold/wet weather, bring fluids, lunch, treats for the leaders and snacks. Scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $60 shared equally by riders. Leader will email out detailed directions for the P&R to participants. This trip is FULL. To join the wait list, click the sign up button above and add the wait list option to your cart.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Billy Frank Nisqually Jr. National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Mary Russell
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 9:00 AM, Nisqually Refuge Visitor’s Center
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, with breaks to stop and look), smooth gravel trails, boardwalks, and pavement), 3-4 miles mostly level walking, no vehicle travel once at Nisqually
Come explore the beautiful Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with us! All levels of birders are welcome for this 4 mi level walk. There should be something for everyone on this trip including a variety of waterfowl in breeding plumage, Bald Eagles and other raptors, herons, passerines and perhaps even shorebirds. We will explore the tidal estuary on the boardwalk along with forested trails and marshes. Scopes helpful. Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes and warm socks and bring rain gear along with a lunch and fluids. Depending upon the weather, we should finish our walk between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Carpool cost from Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R: $27.50 per car, shared equally by riders. Daily fee for entering the refuge is $3.00 per 4 adults, unless you have an Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp or Annual Refuge Pass. 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, March 24, 2020
Kittitas County Sage Birds
Leader: Brian H. Bell (206-619-0379 day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 6:15 AM, uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah 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 and moderate in-and-out of vehicles.
March is a good time for sage birds in Kittitas County. We will meet at the Tibbetts P&R (I-90 exit 15, turn south to 3rd stop signal, turn left a block and then right into the P&R). We will work our way east from Ellensburg down to Vantage looking for Sage Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s Sparrow, and whatever else we can find. Bring lunch, scopes, and dress warmly. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $65 per car shared equally by riders. Back by about 5 PM.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
9:45 AM, Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. See below for sign up and travel directions
Trip Accessibility: seated or standing on a boat for the entire trip
Aboard the 80-foot “Admiral Pete” with George Gerdts, long-time SAS Member, as leader/naturalist. Expect great looks at three species of cormorants; sea ducks; rocky-shore sandpipers; a Bald Eagle or two; great scenery; and a unique, close-up view of the Bainbridge Island shoreline. The trip leaves the Winslow City Dock at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 2:00 p.m. If coming from Seattle, plan to take the 8:55 ferry to Bainbridge Island as a walk-on. George will meet the group at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal at 9:30 for the short walk to the "Admiral Pete". If you plan to drive on, limited parking is available near the City Dock.
To reserve a space on the trip, CALL the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Department (206-842-2302) or register ON-LINE at WWW.BIPARKS.ORG and ask about "The Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island" (Class # 131850-01). Credit card payment is accepted. Leave your e-mail address when signing up, and directions and a map of Bainbridge Island, including where to park if driving, will be sent to you via e-mail. Price is $95, but for SAS members, 20% ($19) of the cost of the trip will be donated to SAS. Be sure to tell the BI Parks, when you sign up, that you are a member of SAS, so that the donation can be made. If a participant does not live on Bainbridge Island, a $5.00 "off-Island" fee is added to the cost of the trip.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Discovery Park- Building Birding By Ear Skills
Leader: Peter Gurney
7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center East Parking Lot, entrance on W Government Way/Discovery Park Blvd
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), B (gravel trails and pavement), 3-4 miles mostly level walking, no vehicle travel.
In early spring our resident birds will begin to sing. We’ll take a leisurely walk through forest, field and wetland habitats listening for resident birds and early migrants, and identifying them by their songs and calls. The focus of our morning will be on sharpening and expanding our birding-by-ear skills - although we will also be viewing birds, so bring your binoculars. This field trip is part of a series focused on birding by ear skills, led by graduates of Seattle Audubon’s master birder classes. Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks. Over by 10:30
The Visitor Center (East) Parking lot is a 4 minute walk from the 33 Magnolia E bus stop at 36th Ave and W Government Way. 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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