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Upcoming Field Trips

Beginning January 2019, you now have the option to register for trips online and are strongly encouraged to do so.

The option to register via phone and in-person will always exist 

To register by phone call 206-523-4483, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

You may sign yourself and one guest up for no more than two trips per month

 
 
 
NEW! Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan (206-949-3545, day of trip only)
Meet aboard the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy
Limit 11
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace, many stops to observe), A (pavement, mostly level), less than 1 mile walking, minimal vehicle travel with moderate in-and-out of vehicles.
We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock.  At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks.  On Tramp Harbor, we’ll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual and possibly 3-4 species of loons.  On the Matsuda Preserve we may see dozens of ravens, kestrels and possibly score a real rarity which happens regularly here.  Don’t arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  The best area to park is about two blocks up hill of the ferry dock on 45th Ave SW where there is all day parking.  Parking closer is only for two hours and parking on Fauntleroy itself may mean being towed.  We’ll take the 8:25 ferry and be back on the 2:20.  Plan to be parked in the neighborhood by 8:05 to give time to walk down to the terminal and to purchase a ticket. We will take just two other cars, please note during registration if you can drive; the trip leader will coordinate drivers via email prior to the trip date. Carpool cost: $9 share equally by riders. Passenger ferry tickets are $5.55 and be prepared to share the cost of the $19.60 car ticket with car drivers.  Stay tuned for further instructions regarding carpooling.
 

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Green Lake
Leaders: Louis Kreemer and Martin Muller (206-525-5575, day of trip only, no texts)
8:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)
Limit 12
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace, many stops to observe), A (pavement, mostly level), 3-4 miles walking, no vehicle travel.
Green Lake is an excellent place to observe birds up close after they’ve spent the winter getting acclimatized to people circumnavigating the lake. This time of year most winter ducks are still around and some migrant water birds start passing through. The local eagles (up the hill) are working on their nest and scouring the lake for edibles, encouraging visiting eagles of the same sex to “move on through” and those of the opposite sex to “stay awhile."" We should observe courtship in some of the waterfowl, as well as coots and pied-billed grebes practicing their freshly developed flight muscles prior to departure for breeding grounds (although perhaps some pied-bills will stick around like they used to, to try breeding amongst the water lilies). We should encounter some warblers, as well as lingering goldfinches and kinglets. And who knows what else. Besides bird identification and bird behavior, Green Lake history and ecology are also be on the menu. Dress for standing still. Layers are advised. ’Tis better to shed than to shiver! If you have a scope please bring it. Over by noon or whenever we’ve worn out the hardiest of you!
 
 
Sunday, March 3, 2019 Postponed from February due to weather
Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge/Delta B.C.
Leaders: Jen Kunitsugu, Jack Stephens and Jane Lester (phone day of trip only 206-765-6640)
6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit 9
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace) B (soft ground, gravel, pavement), 2-3 miles walking, significant vehicle travel with moderate in-and-out of vehicles.
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, money for refuge admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors), and dress appropriately for exposure. Walking will be mostly level on gravel trails. Carpool cost: $75 per vehicle, 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. 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 17, 2019
North Camano Island
Leader: Pam Pritzl (360-202-9694, day of trip only)
7:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 8:00 AM Stanwood Starbucks (26802 92nd Ave NW) near QFC
Limit 11 in 3 cars
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe) B (soft ground and pavement), up to 1 mile walking, moderate vehicle travel with moderate in-and-out of vehicles.

Come and join us for the north Camano Island tour. We will tour areas such as English Boom, Utsalady boat launch, Maple Grove county park, Iverson Spit and Eide Road, depending on time and energy. Pam will meet participants at the Stanwood Starbucks. If meeting at Green Lake P&R, form carpools on own.  Arrive early enough to organize carpools as parking is limited in several locations. Lunches or snacks advised. Scopes would be helpful. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Over around 2PM. Carpool cost from Ravenna: $35 shared equally by riders.

 

Sunday, March 17, 2019
West Seattle
Leader: Penny Rose (206-619-1203, day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 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.

 

Friday, March 22, 2019
Kittitas County Sage Birds
Leader: Brian H. Bell (206-619-0379, morning of trip only)
Meeting Point: 6:30 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 by riders.

 

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak (206-407-8555, day of trip only)
7:45 AM, Discovery Park South Parking Lot entrance on W Emerson St
Limit 8
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), B (gravel trails and pavement), 3-4 miles mostly level walking, no vehicle travel

We’ll take a leisurely 3 to 4 -mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on the Loop Trail and Wolf Tree Nature Trail. We will explore forest, field and wetland habitats looking for resident and migrant birds. Dress for weather; bring binoculars, water & snacks. Over by 11 a.m.

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Vashon Island
Leader: Ed Swan (206-949-3545, day of trip only)
Meet aboard the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy
Limit 11
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace, many stops to observe), A (pavement, mostly level), less than 1 mile walking, minimal vehicle travel with moderate in-and-out of vehicles.

We will start birding from the Fauntleroy ferry!  We’ll look for Harlequin Ducks and auklets near the Vashon dock.  At Fisher Pond, we may find Wood Ducks and other puddle ducks.  On Tramp Harbor, we’ll scan through large flocks of scoters, scaup, goldeneye and wigeon to look for something unusual and possibly 3-4 species of loons.  On the Matsuda Preserve we may see dozens of ravens, kestrels and possibly score a real rarity which happens regularly here.  Don’t arrange rides in parking lot, meet on ferry.  The best area to park is about two blocks up hill of the ferry dock on 45th Ave SW where there is all day parking.  Parking closer is only for two hours and parking of Fauntleroy itself may mean being towed.  We’ll take the 8:25 ferry and be back on the 2:20.  Plan to be parked in the neighborhood by 8:05 to give time to walk down to the terminal and to purchase a ticket. We will take just two other cars, please note during registration if you can drive; the trip leader will coordinate drivers via email prior to the trip date. Carpool cost: $9 share equally by riders. Passenger ferry tickets are $5.55 and be prepared to share the cost of the $19.60 car ticket with car drivers.  Stay tuned for further instructions regarding carpooling.

 

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island
Leader: George Gerdts
Meeting Point: 9:45 AM, 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 (206-842-2302) or register ON-LINE  at   WWW.BIPARKS.ORG   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 $90, but for SAS members $18 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.

 

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