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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, August 12, 2018
Birding the High Country!  Fremont Lookout and the Burroughs
Leaders: Jon Houghton and Jen Kunitsugu
Meeting Point: 6:45 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 6 in 2 cars

This will be a rigorous hike through some of the most accessible and scenic highlands in the US!!  We’ll start at 6,400 feet at Sunrise and head for Mt. Fremont. It’s a 5.6-mile round trip with 800 ft elevation gain and we’ll hope to add a couple of more miles, returning via First or Second Burroughs. Expect fabulous views and summer flowers!  Probably not a lot of birds, but they’ll be high altitude specialists with some pretty hard to find possibilities.  We’ll be birding subalpine parkland and alpine tundra for things like American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and Pine Grosbeak. Several other more exotic possibilities. This will be an all day trip. Bring your valid Interagency Access or a Mount Rainier Annual Pass if you have one. Carpool cost: $55 shared equally by riders + $30 per car for park entrance fee.

 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Grays Harbor area
Leaders: Brian H. Bell and Peter Gurney
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 10 in 3 cars

Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by August should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.
 
 
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Kathy and Arn Slettebak
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, Discovery Park Visitor Center Parking Lot
Limit: Limit 8

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 11:00 a.m.
 

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Spencer Island, Everett
Leaders:  Jan Bragg (206-234-7196, day of trip only) and Travis Keay
Meeting Point: 8:30 AM,  Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R, or 8:45 AM at SE corner of Ash Way P&R in Lynnwood (exit #183 off I-5)  (Indicate at time of sign-up where you will meet leaders)
Limit: Limit 10

We’ll start out at Langus Riverfront Park, then Everett Sewage Ponds to see what ducks are back.  Then we will be walking around the southern half of Spencer Island in the Snohomish River Estuary, hoping for a sandpiper or any other shorebird migrating south.  There is always a chance for a raptor.  Expect ~3 miles of walking on uneven, level ground.  Be prepared to be out in the open, without shade.  Return mid-afternoon, time depending on whether we swing by the Everett waterfront for an optional excursion.  Carpool cost:  $15 per car, to be shared equally by passengers in each car.
 
 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Grays Harbor Area - Fall Migrating Shorebirds
Leader: Tim Boyer (206-730-6925 day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
 
We’ll concentrate on the shorebirds we find on the northern side of Grays Harbor spending the day at multiple locations in Ocean Shores. This will allow for a more leisurely approach and we’ll spend some extra time at each location.  During low tides in the morning we’ll be on the outer beaches and North Jetty.   During the afternoon at high tide, we’ll go inland to search for roosting shorebirds and hope to find an early fall rarity. Scopes will be helpful. Dress in layers for the weather and bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. We’ll be back around 6:30 p.m. Carpool cost $75.00 per car, shared by riders.
 

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Iron Bear Trail (Kittitas County)
Leaders: Dave Swayne, Sam Woods, and Scott Ramos (206-229-2421 day of trip only)
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R or 6:30 AM Preston P&R
Limit: 9 in 3 cars
 
Parking at the end of FS 9714, we'll hike to the top of the Iron Bear trail to a mountaintop viewpoint in the Teanaway/Blewett Pass region.  From there we'll continue east on the County Line trail to where it intersects FR 113, then back down to FR 9714 - a little more than 7 miles round trip, gaining 1900' elevation and topping out at 5500'.  Among remaining lower montane species we may still find Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Lazuli Buntings, and maybe a few migrants.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring daypack, lunch, layers for variable weather, and a minimum of 2 liters of water.  Return late afternoon or early evening.  Drivers need to bring Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass.  Carpool cost: $50 shared equally by riders.
 

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill)
Leader: Jen McKeirnan
Meeting Point: 7:30 AM, Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture east-side parking lot
Limit: 10
 
The Union Bay Natural Area is distinguished for diverse habitats including grasslands, woods, ponds, marshland, and lake shoreline. It attracts a wide variety of resident and migratory birds. Expect to walk up to 3 leisurely paced miles on level ground. Bring binoculars.
 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Magnuson Park, Seattle
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: 8:00 AM, Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center, Magnuson Park
Limit: 12
 
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, including children under 18 (with an adult). We will walk 2-3 miles on mostly level terrain, searching for birds and bathrooms along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, snacks, layers and a sense of humor. Please leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.  Over about 10:30 a.m.
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Grays Harbor area
Leaders: Brian H. Bell and Peter Gurney (cell day of trip only 206-619-0379)
Meeting Point: 6:00 AM, Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R
Limit: 11 in 3 cars
 
Shorebirds start moving south in early summer, and by September should be present in good numbers. We’ll explore the most likely locations searching out plovers and sandpipers, and will be looking for seabirds, gulls, and passerines as well. Spotting scopes highly recommended. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Bring lunch, snacks and fluids. Carpool cost $80 shared by riders.
 

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Point No Point to Fort Flagler
Leader: Jean Olson (360-220-5735)
Meeting Point: 6:30 AM Green Lake (Ravenna) P&R to form a carpool in 3 cars to take the 7:10 AM Edmonds Ferry
Limit: 11 in three cars
 
This trip will focus on areas between Point No Point and Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island. We will be looking for migrating shorebirds, early returning waterfowl and whatever else is around. Scopes are a plus. Bring a lunch and money for the ferry and gas. Dress for inclement weather. Return by late afternoon or early evening. Carpool cost: $30 each car shared equally by riders and approximately $55 for ferry shared by driver and riders. Discover Pass needed by drivers.
 

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Discovery Park, Seattle
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Louis Kreemer
Meeting Point: 7:00 AM, South Parking Lot of park
Limit: 12
 
September is a good time for migration as many species, especially the juveniles, are set to migrate to warmer climes for winter. We can expect lingering "summer" birds that are about to depart south, up mountain or inland species heading back down for winter, and others that have recently arrived from the north on their way to wintering zones here or farther south. From the South Parking Lot, we’ll work our way to the South Meadow, where various sparrows are often abundant. Rare species are always a possibility within this diverse park. From the meadow we’ll go north to Bird Alley and Utah Wetlands, and walk through a large forested stretch on our way to the water. We hope to observe late warbler species as well as other migrants. West Point is a great place to view migrating seabirds, and we can expect various duck, loon, grebe and gull species. There may also be shorebirds on the beach or flying by. Afterwards we’ll make our way back up the bluff and to the parking lot. Expect to end by noon at the earliest. There will be a good elevation change, and be prepared for up to 4 miles of walking: we will go slow, but this is a significant walk especially on the return from West Point uphill. Dress for the weather, and bring liquids, snacks and binoculars; a spotting scope would be helpful on West Point. Leaders will have scopes.
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