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.
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.
You may sign yourself and one guest up for no more than two trips per month.
We operate under the expectation that folks will attend the trips for which they sign up.
Saturday, January 18, 2020 THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ICY ROAD CONDITIONS
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman (day of phone only 206-200-6700)
Meeting Spot: 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.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Birch Bay, Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina
Leader: Scott Ramos
Meeting Spot: 6:00 a.m., Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Trip accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many breaks to stop and observe), B (soft ground, dirt, gravel, some rolling hills)
January is a good time to look for loons, grebes, diving ducks, alcids, and possible wintering owls. We’ll start at Birch Bay and make our way to Semiahmoo and Drayton Harbor, as well as the Blaine Marina. Time permitting, we will drive through the Lummi area, then end at the West 90 to look for Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Dress for cold and wet weather; bring lunch, snacks and fluids; scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by early evening. Carpool costs: $45 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.
Monday, January 20, 2020
Samish and Skagit Flats
Leader: Brian Bell (day of trip only 206-619-0379)
Meeting Spot: 6:45 AM, North end of the Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibility: 0 (essentially no walking, mostly roadside stops) A (solid pavement), minimal walking, significant vehicle travel with frequent in-and-out of vehicles.
The Samish and Skagit Flats are outstanding locations in winter for hawks, eagles, falcons, as well as waterfowl and swans. Join us as we look for Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and American Kestrels (and hopefully more unusual ones). We will also check out the various waterfowl and Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. Of course we will not neglect the small passerines. Come prepared for most any weather and bring lunch. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $50 shared equally by riders. Home late afternoon. This trip is FULL. To join the wait list, click the sign up button above and add the wait list option to your cart.
Wednesday, January 29, 2019
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Winter
Leader: Jon Houghton
Meeting Spot: 7:00am, Lynnwood Park and Ride
Limit: 6 in 2 cars
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many breaks to stop and observe), B (soft ground, dirt, gravel, some rolling hills), 1 - 2 miles, moderate in and out of cars.
This trip is suitable for both beginning and intermediate birders. We will visit several fall hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll bird Norman Rd. and Boe Rd. en route to The Nature Conservancy’s tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road and to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Hayton Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the fabled West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area. Warning! Hunting seasons may be in progress so this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery! Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds. Carpool costs: Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to the P & R around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!) 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, February 1, 2020
Leaders: Louis Kreemer (206-849-2602, day of trip only) and Martin Muller
Meeting Spot: 8:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace, many breaks to stop and observe), A (solid pavement, sidewalk, mostly level), 3 miles walking, no vehicle travel
Green Lake is an excellent place to observe birds up close. This time of year most winter ducks are around as well as resident Pied-billed Grebes. The local eagles should be here. We should encounter some goldfinches and kinglets as well as Bushtits, nuthatches, and chickadees. And who knows what else? Besides bird identification and bird behavior, Green Lake history and ecology are also on the menu. Dress for standing still. Layers are advised. ’Tis better to shed than to shiver! Bring snacks and water. If you have a scope please bring it. Over by noon or whenever we’ve worn out the hardiest of you!
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller and Ed Deal (206-713-1546, day of trip only)
Meeting Spot: 8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)
Limit: 14 in 4 cars
Trip Accessibility: 0 (essentially no walking, mostly roadside stops) A (solid pavement), minimal walking, moderate vehicle travel with frequent in-and-out of vehicles.
Join us for a morning half-day search for the city's Peregrine Falcons. This exploration will likely turn up urban Bald Eagles, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks as well as various ducks, loons and grebes. Please dress warmly for standing in one spot, with lots of layers available; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. Limit of 14, carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or fewer). Due to the difficulty of car caravans in city traffic, we ask that you not add an extra vehicle so you can leave early. Over promptly at 12:30 p.m. Carpool cost $9 per vehicle shared equally by riders.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Leader: Brian H. Bell (206-619-0379, morning of trip only, if needed)
Meeting Spot: 7:00 AM, prompt so we can catch the ferry, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R – north side
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.
Whidbey Island is an excellent birding spot any time of the year. We will work our way up island looking for waterbirds (ducks, grebes, loons, alcids), raptors, and passerines. Come prepared for almost any weather, waterproof footwear, a scope will be helpful. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 per vehicle shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Leader: Penny Rose
Meeting Spot: 7:30 AM, Camp Long (5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98126)
Limit: 15 (carpooling encouraged)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), B (soft ground and pavement), 1-2 miles walking with minimal vehicle travel and minimal in-and-out of vehicles.
Join us for an exploration of the "wilds" of West Seattle. We will explore forests, Seattle's only river, saltwater shorelines and Puget Sound. Expect mixed species flocks, shorebirds such as Surfbirds, raptors, and seabirds such as Scoters and Loons. Bring binoculars and scopes. Over by 2PM. Carpool cost: $3 per car, shared equally by riders.
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.
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