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.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Limit 10
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Leaders: Shep Thorp (cell day of trip 253-370-3742) and Peter Gurney
6:45 AM Sharp, Depart Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or meet Shep at 8:00 AM, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook
Join leaders Shep Thorp, Refuge volunteer, and Peter Gurney, for weekday trip to the Billy Frank Jr, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. We will walk 4 miles along the Twin Barns Loop Trail, Nisqually Estuary Trail and the Estuary Boardwalk Trail. There will be a High 14ft Tide around 9:00am. The riparian woodlands will provide good opportunity to see Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, accipiters, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Brown Creeper, Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Purple Finch. The new dike should be good for wintering waterfowl: Cackling Geese, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and shorebirds: Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers. Hopefully we will also see Northern Harrier and Northern Shrike. From the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail we should see Double-crested Cormorant, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Mew Gull, Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. Bring rain gear, water and lunch; we will finish at 3pm. Carpool cost from Seattle: $27.50 shared equally by riders. Tell Seattle Audubon volunteer where you plan to meet.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Limit 8
Leaders: Jen McKeirnan and Julia Hansbrough
8:30 AM, Lincoln Park South-end Parking Lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.
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 noon.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Limit 9, 12 total in three cars
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman, Karen Wosilait (Neil cell day of trip 206-200-6700; email@example.com)
6:00 AM Sharp, Leave North Jackson (NE 145th St) P&R
A perfect trip for coffee drinkers (not required): chilly weather and plenty of bathroom stops. Even a coffee/hot chocolate stop at the Nordland store. Birding stops will include Mystery Bay, Fort Flagler, and Port Townsend. Black Turnstones, Long-tailed Ducks, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets are a possibility. We’ll travel mostly by car and take short walks. Scopes a plus. Bring a lunch, water and money for the ferry and lattes. Dress for blustery weather in layers with rain gear. Bring treats for leaders. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders. Discover Pass is needed by drivers.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Limit 10
South King County and Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels and Dasha Gudalewicz (cell day of trip 425-785-0812)
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
We’ll look for loons, grebes, alcids and ducks, keeping an eye out for such hard-to-find birds as Ancient Murrelet. We’ll work our way south along the Puget Sound coast checking several good viewing points. Bring lunch, water & snacks, and dress for cold and rainy weather. Scopes & 2-way radios a plus. Over by late afternoon. Carpool cost $22.50 per car, shared equally by riders.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Limit 10
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park - Shoreline
Leaders: Joe Sweeney and Tom Leschine (day of trip cell 206-718-0054)
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 and walk the short distance to the beach for some sea bird 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. A scope will also be helpful, if you have one. Over by 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Limit 14 in 4 or fewer cars
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller (day of trip cell 206-525-5575) and Ed Deal (day of trip cell 206-713-1546)
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 may 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 as well as rain gear; bring latte money and a spotting scope too, if possible. 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.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – Limit 10 in 3 cars
Urban Gardens for Birds Tour, Seattle
Leaders: Penny Bolton and Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser (day of trip only 206-430-4620)
8:00 AM (prompt), Departs from (and returns to) Seattle Audubon Nature Shop
Want to increase bird habitat and food sources in your yard and garden? This urban field trip will tour 4 gardens located throughout Seattle, looking at ways to support birds through the winter and plan for the Spring. November is a great time for putting in new perennials, so you may end up going straight to the plant nursery afterwards! This trip is also great for people wanting to learn more about their backyard birds. We’ll meet at the Nature Shop then condense into 3 cars for the trip. Over around 1:00 p.m. There will be a bathroom break but not a lunch break, so you may want to bring snacks or a portable lunch. Carpool cost is $8.50, shared equally by riders.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Limit 12
Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah
Leaders: Patty North (day of trip cell: 206-288-3484) and Sharon Cormier-Aagaard
Meet*: 7:15 AM at Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R Lot OR 8:00 AM at Lake Sammamish State Park
* Indicate your meeting place when you register
Lake Sammamish State Park’s varied ecosystems provide habitat for a diverse collection of species in one of the Eastside’s ‘birdiest’ parks. Dress in layers and bring a snack. Level walk of about 3 miles. Some trails can be muddy after recent rain. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Over by about 12:00. Carpool cost is $10 shared equally by riders.
From Seattle: Take I-90 Eastbound to Exit 15. From the exit ramp, go left over the freeway. Turn left onto NW Sammamish Rd at the second light. In about 0.4 mile, the main park entrance is on the right. After passing the toll hut (usually closed), take the first left into a large parking lot. Meet in the NE corner of the lot.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Limit 6
Whidbey Island Traverse
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Andy Jacobson
Meet: 6:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
Whidbey Island offers a variety of intriguing habitats to birds and birders, from open salt water to quiet bays, small lakes and marshes, to dense northwest forest and shrubby meadows. A traverse of the island (we will go north to south) should provide opportunities for many winter species of both water and land birds. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids for a long, intense day of birding. Dress for cool and wet NW weather (layers!), including footwear suited for walking on hillsides, wet grass and beaches. Scopes will be useful if you have one. We’ll be on the lookout for loons, grebes, scoters and Long-tailed Duck on the open water, raptors and other waterfowl inland. Return via Clinton ferry in late afternoon/evening – please be flexible, as we cannot guarantee we will make a specific ferry. Discover Pass needed by drivers. $40.00 per car shared equally by riders, plus cost of ferry shared by driver and riders.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Limit 10 in 3 cars
The Three S’s (Stilly, Skagit, Samish) in Winter
Leaders: Gary Kelsberg and Sarah Safranek (day of trip cell: 206-819-6930)
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
We will visit several likely winter spots for raptors, waterfowl, and shorebirds in the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish flats. We’ll start at the Nature Conservancy’s newly constructed tidal restoration site in the Stilly Delta, go on to Thomle Road (if current reports there are promising), and Eide Road to transition into the Skagit Flats. Depending on reported sightings and time, on Fir Island we may visit Wiley Slough and Dry Slough WDFW game access points. We’ll then continue on to Padilla Bay, and the West 90 viewing area on the Samish Flats, finishing up in the Bow-Edison area. We plan to do some short walking for better viewing at some areas, but this is not mandatory. Hunting season will be in progress and this could limit waterfowl viewing. Bring: rain gear and warm clothes, rubber boots, lunch and drinks! 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 Ravenna around 5:30 p.m. (earlier if the weather is awful).
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - Limit 10
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
9:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park
Magnuson Park offers a variety of habitats, including ponds, forest, fields, and a lake named after a president. This outing is very suitable for beginner bird-watchers. We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers, rain gear and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor. Over by 11:00 a.m.
Directions: Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #30 or #75 to the park entrance at NE 65th St and Sand Point Way NE. Meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, which is the red-metal-roofed shelter next to little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the Magnuson Park map.