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Upcoming Field Trips

Beginning in January 2019 you will have the option to register for trips online!  The option to register via phone and in-person will always exist. 

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.


Saturday, December 15, 2018
Juanita Bay Park and UW Bothell Crows
Leaders:  Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser (day of trip only, 206-430-4620) and Peter Gurney
Meeting Point:  12:00 noon, Bothell P&R (10303 Woodinville Dr., Bothell)
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Juanita Bay Park, with its diverse habitat, is one of the best places for winter birding in the Puget Sound area.  Over-wintering ducks, grebes, and other water birds can be seen on the bay, the marshy cattail areas host Virginia Rail and Wilson’s Snipe, and the bushes and trees of the park are great habitat for sparrows, wrens, woodpeckers, and the like.  We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the park along its wide trails.  Depending on time, we may then stop at the Sammamish River Trail.  Then we’ll head north to the UW Bothell campus, where the wetlands shelter up to 20,000 American Crows on winter nights.  As sunset approaches, we’ll settle in at a place on campus where we’ll be able to watch as the crows gradually gather on the surrounding roofs before moving together into the wetlands for the night.  Return to Bothell P&R around 5:30.  Come dressed to be outside for several hours.  Carpool cost:  $15.00 per vehicle paid equally by riders; cost includes UW parking fee.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Green Lake
Leaders: Louis Kreemer and Martin Muller (day of trip cell phone 206-525-5575)
8:00 AM, Bathhouse Theater, West Beach (between water and bathhouse)
Limit: 12

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!

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Semiahmoo, Blaine Marina, Birch Bay
Leaders: Neil and Carleen Zimmerman (Neil's cell 206-200-6700, day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Winter is a good time to look for loons, diving ducks and alcids. Long-tailed Ducks and Black Oystercatchers are normally seen. We’ll visit Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, the Blaine Marina and Birch Bay State Park. 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 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.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Lincoln Park
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
Meeting Point: 8:30 AM, Lincoln Park South-end Parking Lot, located at Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Cloverdale St.
Limit: 8

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.


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