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Upcoming Field Trips

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.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Whidbey Island
Leaders: Tom Leschine (day of trip only, 206-718-0054) and Jean Trent (day of trip only, 206-251-1191)
Meeting Point: 8:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) Park and Ride
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Whidbey Island, with its bays, marshes, grasslands and forests, offers a variety of both migratory and resident birds in the fall. Expect to find shorebirds, waterfowl and land birds as we explore Whidbey’s varied birding locales. We plan to take the ferry in both directions, and aim to hit one or more shorebird locations ahead of a 4 pm high tide.

Wear good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather, and bring lunch and fluids. We may walk 3 miles or so over the course of the day. Scopes will be useful. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders. We will return by late afternoon or early evening.

Sunday, October 21, 2018
West Seattle
Leader: Penny Rose (day of trip only, 206-619-1203)
Meeting Point: 7:30 AM, Camp Long – 5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98126
Limit: 15 (carpooling encouraged)

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. Carpool cost: $3 per car, shared equally by riders.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Drawn to Birding in Autumn: A slow-paced, half-day, sketch-crawl
Leaders: Carleen Zimmerman (day of trip only, 206-914-3721) and Cinny Burrell (day of trip only, 206-518-4637)
Meeting Point: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Magnuson Park, Parking Lot #E
Limit: 15

Join Carleen Zimmerman and Cinny Burrell for a unique field trip observing birds during fall migration.  Habitat, species behavior and birding-by-ear will be explored.  This is an opportunity to get outdoors and sketch from nature with others who are interested in birds and bird habitat.  Creating sketch moments to draw observations is not about creating art in the field but more about learning to stop, look and listen.  Instruction will be minimal as this is not a “how to sketch in nature class”, but learning and teaching will be shared as in traditional birding field trips.  Participants should bring very portable sketching supplies and perhaps a stool (this is an accessible field trip).  Binoculars and scopes a plus.  Dress for any weather in the Pacific Northwest.  No prior artistic skill or talent is required! Carleen is a graduate of Master Birder 2015.  Cinny is in the current Master Birder class.  Both are experienced birders, Seattle Audubon volunteers and field sketchers.

This is a half-day trip.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Magnuson Park.  Use the south entrance on 65th and Sand Point Way NE.  Meet in parking lot #E.  In case of bad weather, we will meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center which is the red metal-roofed shelter next to the west edge of parking lot #E.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Whidbey Island
Leader: Brian H. Bell (day of trip only, 206-619-0379)
7:00 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 145th), prompt so we can catch the ferry
Limit 11 in 3 cars

Whidbey Island is an excellent birding spot any time of the year. We will work our way up island looking for waterbirds (duck, grebes, loons, alcids), raptors, and passerines. Come prepared for almost any weather, waterproof footwear, a scope will be helpful. Bring lunch and fluids. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost: $50.00 per car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders.


Sunday, November 4, 2018
Point No Point, Hansville area
Leaders: Scott Ramos and Jen Kunitsugu (day of trip only 206-765-6640)
6:15 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit 6 in 2 cars

We will visit several locations in the Hansville area looking for sea ducks, alcids, grebes and loons as well as possible small gulls and jaegers. We will also do some forest walking where typical winter passerines should appear. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids, plus money for the ferry and a possible stop for coffee. Dress in layers to stay warm and dry. Scopes helpful. Walking from the cars up to a mile on mostly level ground. Back by late afternoon, ferry dependent. Discover Pass is needed by drivers. Carpool cost: $21 per car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders.


Friday, November 9, 2018
Discovery Park
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak (day of trip only 206-407-8555)
8:00 AM, South Parking Lot (turn north onto Carolina and into the parking lot off of W Emerson St)
Limit 8

We will take a leisurely 2-3 mile walk, with some elevation gain and loss, on and off the loop trail exploring forest, field and wetland habitats.  Over by 11:30 a.m. The meadows and the bluffs can be very windy.  Dress for weather.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island
Leader: Neil Zimmerman (day of trip only 206-200-6700)
6:30 AM, North Jackson Park P&R (NE 145th), prompt so we can catch the ferry
Limit 11 in 3 cars

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 leader. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by passengers, plus the cost of the ferry shared by driver and riders. Discover Pass is needed by drivers.

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Lincoln Park
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
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 include wrens, sparrows, chickadees, kinglets and raptors. Expect to walk up to 3 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 11am.

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Spencer Island
Leader: Lee Barnes (cell day of trip only 206-310-0552)
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit 12

Spencer Island is one of the best places in the Snohomish River Estuary to view waterfowl and shorebirds, with a wetland mix of freshwater from the river and saltwater from Gardner Bay. There is also some woodland habitat, and the nearby Everett Water Treatment sewage ponds. Bring scopes if you have them, and be ready for about 4 miles of walking on flat but possibly muddy paths. Dress in layers for the weather. Drivers need a Discover Pass (Spencer Island does not require one, but we may make other stops in the area that do). Return in early afternoon. Carpool cost is $15.00 per car shared equally by riders.


Friday, November 16, 2018
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA
Leader: Judith Roan (day of trip only 206-265-2661)
9:30 AM, North End Parking Lot of the Park
Limit 12

We will check out feeding activity at the park’s pea patch. Birds are attracted to the sunflower heads and blackberries. Flocks of wintering Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, and Anna’s Hummingbirds may be found in the park. On the lake, wintering ducks and grebes should be arriving. This is an easy walk through the park. Be mindful that the weather may be wet, cold, and the trails muddy.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
South King County and Puget Sound
Leaders: Matt Bartels and Dasha Gudalewicz (day of trip only 206-595-7027)
7:00 AM, Greenlake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit 10

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. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpool cost $22.50 per car, shared equally by riders.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Seattle’s Peregrine Falcons
Leaders: Martin Muller (day of trip only 206-525-5575) and Ed Deal (day of trip only 206-713-1546)
8:00 AM SHARP, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle (under the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge)
Limit 14 in 4 or fewer cars

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. 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 PM.
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