Field Trips  

 

Seattle Audubon offers field trips throughout the year. Some leaders may be willing to accommodate birders who prefer or require a slow pace. Beginners are encouraged to join any field trip. You can also learn more about our field trip leaders. Ideas of where a field trip should go? Want to inquire about leading a field trip? Contact fieldtrips@seattleaudubon.org.

To receive monthly email updates with complete field trip and classes listings, detailed descriptions, and registration instructions, please email info@seattleaudubon.org with "monthly email" in the subject line.

In addition to field trips, Seattle Audubon invites members and guests to go on a Neighborhood Bird Walk to introduce them to one of many fine birding locations in the greater Seattle area.  No sign-up is required.  Families are welcome.

New field trips are generally posted on the first day of the month.

  • Click here for upcoming field trips (through October 29, 2014).
  • Click here for field trip archives.

 

 Upcoming Field Trips
(through October 29)

Registration is now open.

Registration Procedures 

  • Please sign up in advance for all field trips and bird walks. No walk-ins, please.
  • Registration is now open when field trips are posted. Register for a trip by calling the Seattle Audubon office at 206-523-4483, Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm. Provide a contact name and number for emergencies when you sign up.
  • Members may sign up for themselves and one guest for no more than two trips. Nonmembers may sign up only on the wait list.
  • Do not call leaders to register; their numbers are listed only for last-minute cancellations. For trip leader profiles and contact information, click here.
  • Field trips are for people 18 years of age and older. Anyone under 18 must call for information before registering.

Field Trip Preparation and Expectations

  • No pets are allowed on any field trip.
  • Be prepared with layers, rain gear, and waterproof footwear appropriate to the weather.
  • Always bring a lunch, drinks, and snacks for trips that go beyond midday.
  • Bring binoculars, field guides, and cash for carpool fees, ferries, lattes, etc.
  • If you have them, bring spotting scopes, walkie talkies, WDFW stickers, Golden Age passes, and park passes.
  • Arrive at meeting place a few minutes early. Leaders will not wait for late arrivals.
  • Please stay with the group when in the field.
  • Carpool fees are 25 cents per mile and are listed for each trip, to be divided by passengers in each car. Ferry tolls and park fees are additional.
  • Field trip participants must wear seat-belts.
  • Like most other organizations, Seattle Audubon now requires participants to sign a waiver as a condition of participating in these free services. Click here to view a copy of the "liability release form" you will need to sign the day of the trip.
  • Other expectations are covered in the Seattle Audubon Code of Conduct. 

If You Need To Cancel

  • If you are unable to attend a trip for which you registered, notify the office ASAP so someone else can fill your spot. Repeat no-shows will be bumped to the wait list.
  • Call the leader only for last-minute cancellations.

Locations of Carpool Meeting Places

  • NE 145th Street Park-&-Ride (P&R) is near Exit 175 off northbound I-5. Go straight ahead (north) through the traffic signal at NE 145th Street, and turn left into the P&R in about a half block. (Be careful not to turn onto I-5, as there is an on-ramp just before the P&R.)
  • 272nd Street Park-&-Ride (P&R) is at exit #147 off I-5; turn right and right into parking lot.
  • Ash Way Park-&-Ride (P&R) is off I-5 north of Seattle. Take Exit 183. Turn left on 164th Street. Go over overpass and turn right onto Ash Way, then right into P&R. You'll see P&R from 164th.
  • Carkeek Park is at NW 110th and Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle.
  • Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) is at 3501 NE 41st in Seattle.
  • Discovery Park is at 3800 W. Government Way in Seattle.
  • Green Lake is at 7201 East Green Lake Dr N., west of I-5.
  • Herring's House Park restoration site is just north of Kellogg Island on West Marginal Way, south of the West Seattle Bridge.
  • Jack Block Park is at Terminal 5, 2130 Harbor Ave. SW, past the 7-11 and just before Salty's.
  • Juanita Bay Park is at 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, park lot of 98th Ave.
  • Lincoln Park is at 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW (at Monroe), just north of the ferry terminal in West Seattle.
  • Luther Burbank Park is at 2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, at the northeast end of the island.
  • Magnuson Park is a 6500 Sand Point Way (65th St. and Sand Point Way NE), and the Magnuson Education Pavilion is at the end of the 65th Street entrance to the park,  next to the little drive-in road at the west end of  parking lot E-1.  Click  here for a park map.
  • Maple Valley P&R is at 23033 Renton-Maple Valley Rd/SE 231st St & Renton-Maple Valley Rd (SR-169).
  • Marymoor Park is at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast in Redmond.
  • Mercer Island Park-&-Ride (P&R) is north of I-90 at 80th Ave. SE and N Mercer Way (take exit 7A from Seattle).
  • Montlake Fill ... see directions to Union Bay Natural Area below.
  • Mountlake Terrace Park-&-Ride (P&R) is at exit #178 northbound off I-5.
  • MOHAI/Museum of History and Industry is northeast of Montlake Overpass of SR 520.
  • Newport Hills P&R is at 5115 113th Pl SE/I-405 & 112th Pl SE, in Bellevue. Take Exit 9 from I-405.
  • Pier 62/63, 1951 Alaskan Way, is just north of the Seattle Aquarium.
  • Ravenna Park-&-Ride (P&R) is under I-5 on the north side of the NE 65th Street.
  • Schmitz Preserve Park is at 5551 SW Admiral Way in West Seattle.
  • Seward Park is at 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
  • Shoreline Park-&-Ride (P&R) is at 18821 Aurora Ave N/Aurora Ave N & N 192nd St
  • South Kirkland Park-&-Ride (P&R) is at  10610 NE 38th Place in Kirkland.
  • South Renton Park-&-Ride (P&R) is at the corner of Shattuck Ave. S. and S. Grady Way, northeast of the intersection of I-405 and SR 67, across the street from the Renton Village shopping center.
  • Tibbetts Valley Park P&R  (Issaquah) - Exit 15 off I-90, turn right, go south to 3rd traffic light, left on NewPort Way, go less than ½ block, turn right.
  • Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA), a.k.a. Montlake Fill, is west of the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st in Seattle.

 

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