Registration is open for all Field Trips listed below. Sign up by calling 206-523-4483, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about field trips and registration procedures, click here. To download a PDF of the current field trips and classes click here.
Friday, February 2, 2018 – Limit 12
Leader: Jan Bragg (206-234-7196 day of trip only)
9:00 AM, Education Pavilion (west side of boat launch parking lot E-1. At the end of drive, on your right, after entering Magnuson Park from NE 65th St entrance). Bus #75 or #62.
This is a great time to look at sparrows and migratory waterfowl which spend the winter in Seattle, as well as to listen to bird sounds. Expect Greater and Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneyes, Bufflehead and at least 3 species of gull. We will be climbing uphill and down at Promontory Point, then walking through the wetlands, and ending along the lake shoreline. Be prepared to walk over uneven, wet, muddy ground. This is open to all levels of birders, especially those who want to listen to bird calls and songs. Blossoming birders accompanied by adult welcome. Over by early afternoon.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Limit 14 (4 cars)
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller (206-525-5575 day of trip only) and Ed Deal (206-713-1546 day of trip only)
8:00 AM sharp, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (Under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)
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 shared equally by riders.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Limit 10
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park - Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
9:00 AM, parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
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). Over by 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Limit 12
Leader: Jan Bragg (206-234-7196 day of trip only)
9:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 9:30 AM at Don Armeni Boat Ramp south of Duwamish Head (state at time of sign-up where you will meet the group)
We’ll be looking for Surfbirds and Black Turnstones on the rocks at Duwamish Head, as well as grebes, ducks and cormorants out on the water. Then we’ll drive over to the south side of Alki Point to look for Harlequin Ducks, Brant and other water birds. We may check out Me-Kwa-Mooks and/or Jack Block Park as time and interest allow. We will be walking on pavement or lawn. Children accompanied by adults welcome. Scopes or person willing to carry scope also welcome. Dress warmly! Over by mid-afternoon, depending on the birds, the weather and traffic. Carpool cost from Ravenna P&R $7 per car shared equally by riders.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Limit 9
Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge/Delta B.C.
Leaders: Jen Kunitsugu, Jack Stephens and Jane Lester (206-765-6640 day of trip only)
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
We’ll walk the trails at Reifel, looking for resident and wintering passerines, along with raptors, owls, and waterfowl. We’ll also stop at Boundary Bay and Point Roberts. Scopes helpful. Bring passport, food, plenty of fluids, and money for admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors), and dress warmly. Walking will be mostly level on gravel trails. Carpool cost: $75 per car shared equally by riders. Return late afternoon to early evening. NOTE: As this is an international trip, you MUST possess an unexpired passport in order to attend.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Limit 6
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Late Winter
Leaders: Jon Houghton (206-601-0773 for questions about trip) and Sarah Peden
7:15 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 5th and 146th NE)
This trip will visit several winter hot spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds and seabirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start by birding Norman Rd. through Silvana, to the Nature Conservancy’s tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta. We’ll then go on to Thomle Road and Eide Road (if reports there are positive) to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on recent sightings and time, on Fir Island we’ll visit Wiley Slough and Hayton WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, the West 90 on the Samish Flats, finishing up with a good dose of marine birds from the County Park on Samish Island. Some short walking for better viewing is possible, but not mandatory at each area. Bring: rain gear and warmth, rubber boots, lunch and drink, and an interest in discovery! Scopes will be a plus for shorebirds and marine birds. Carpool costs: Maximum of $50 each car shared equally by riders. Drivers should bring a current Discover Pass. Anticipate return to Park and Ride around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is really awful!).
Sunday, February 18, 2018 – Limit 11 in 3 cars
Spencer Island and Surrounding Area
Leader: Jean Olson (360-220-5735 day of trip only)
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Spencer Island along the Snohomish River has a nice diversity of habitat including mixed forest, mudflats and open water. We should see a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Scopes are great if you have them. We will be walking 2 to 3 miles with many stops to view birds. Dress in layers for the weather and boots are recommended because some trails are muddy. Return in early afternoon. Carpool cost is $15.00 per car shared equally by riders.
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Limit 12
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Leader: Judith Roan (206-265-2661 day of trip only)
9:00 AM, North Parking Lot of the park
February is a good time to see wintering ducks and grebes. Luther Burbank Park has an impressive shoreline from which to watch ducks, grebes, cormorants, gulls and Belted Kingfisher. Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Pacific Wren, Towhees, Anna's Hummingbirds, Kinglets, and a resident pair of Bald Eagle are likely to be seen. Meet in the North parking lot at 9 a.m. The loop trip may be rainy and muddy so dress accordingly. Over by noon.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 -- Limit 12
Billy Frank Nisqually Jr. National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Penny Bolton (206-819-5643 day of trip only) and Mary Russell
8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 9:00 AM, Nisqually Refuge Visitor’s Center
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.
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 8:00 AM sharp
Leaders: Martin Muller (206-525-5575) and Ed Deal (206-713-1546). Calls on day of trip only.
Meeting point: Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)
Limit: 14 - carpooling in a minimum number of vehicles (4 or less)
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 less). 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 shared equally by riders.
Northeast Olympic Peninsula
Wednesday March 14, 2018, 6:30 AM
Leader: Lee Barnes (206-310-0552, day of trip only)
Meeting point: Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R - leave promptly at 6:30 to catch the 7:10 ferry
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
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.
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:00 AM
Leader: Neil Zimmerman (206-200-6700, day of trip only)
Meeting point: North Jackson Park Park & Ride (a.k.a. NE 145th Street P&R)
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
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 leader and snacks. Scopes will be very helpful but not required. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool Costs: $60 shared equally by riders.
Kittitas County Sage Birds
Friday, March 23, 2018, 6:30 AM
Leader: Brian H. Bell (206-619-0379, morning of trip only)
Meeting point: uncovered Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW), across from Issaquah P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
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 by riders.
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:45 AM
Leader: George Gerdts
Meeting point: Winslow City Dock. Boat leaves at 10:00 AM. See below for sign up and travel directions
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 and ask about 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 $85, but for SAS members $15 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.
Lower Duwamish - Jack Block Park to Hamm Creek
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7:30 AM
Leader: Denis DeSilvis (425-830-9895, day of trip only)
Meeting point: Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit 10 in 3 cars
Discover a string of parks and restored habitats along the Duwamish River in Seattle. We’ll visit parks at the mouth of the Duwamish River (Jack Block Park), several south of the West Seattle Bridge (Terminal 105 and 107 Parks, Herrings House) and bird up to the farthest navigable point near Hamm Creek. Expect to see a variety of birds, from sea ducks to passerines. Join master birder Denis DeSilvis in exploring these often-overlooked, in-city parks. Carpool cost $6 per car to be shared equally by riders. End about 1 p.m.