Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we are not operating or scheduling walks at this time.
There are other ways to bird with us while social distancing!
Updated March 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Public Health — Seattle & King County has released new proactive public health recommendations meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Seattle Audubon is responding to these latest recommendations with additional changes to our activities. We undertake these changes to reduce risks for the members of our community at higher risk of severe illness. We will continue to evaluate as new information becomes available.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are announcing modifications to our upcoming activities. For our full activities update and a list of resources, please read this statement.
- Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterward.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. If no soap is available, use a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content.
- Avoid touching your face with unclean hands.
Field Trips and Neighborhod Bird Walks
Join Seattle Audubon, rain or shine, for a bird walk. No sign up required! Beginning birders or new Seattleites will especially enjoy this initial exposure to the rich variety of regional bird life. Families and non-members are welcome to attend.
Participants in Seattle Audubon programs may borrow optics at no cost. If needed, request binoculars from The Nature Shop; reserving binoculars in advance will better ensure availability. Further information is available from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 206-523-4483.
For directions to upcoming bird walks, click here.
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 -11:am
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (soft ground, gravel trails, + some pavement & mud), ~2 miles walking
A beginner’s Bird Walk among the trees of the Arboretum and along the shores of Union Bay. Larry enjoys pointing out the various species and often provides distinguishing photos for illustration. Occasionally, he is able to relate the history of individual Union Bay birds:
• Eva and Albert - The 520 Eagles,
• Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles on Montlake Cut,
• Chip and Goldie - our local Pileated Woodpeckers,
• Chester and Lacey - our older pair of Osprey (Will they return and raise young in 2020?) and
• Stewart and Hope - our newest Osprey parents.
WARNING! - Birding may become more than a hobby. It can be a lifestyle!
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are generally level, but sometimes muddy. Families are welcome, however please
leave the pets at home.
Sunday, May 3, 8:30 -11:00am
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Leader: Eric Crockett & Emily Larson
Meeting Point: the north parking lot just down the hill from the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center on 118th Ave SE, Bellevue
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), D (one very steep hill), ~1.5 miles walking
Come explore the Eastside at Lake Washington's largest freshwater wetland! We'll descend a short but steep hillside into the slough, and then walk around the Bellefields Loop Trail. As we search the woods, channel, and blueberry farm for birds, there will be an emphasis on listening for bird sounds. Binoculars will come in handy, but scopes are not needed. Birders of all levels and ages are welcome. Bathrooms at the Education Center are closed until 10:00 AM.
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 -11:00am
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: West parking lot bulletin board by the railroad foot bridge
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B/C (soft ground and gravel paths, hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~ 1-2 miles walking
As winter transitions into spring in the Puget Sound, the majority of seabirds depart for their breeding grounds and migratory songbirds arrive from their southern wintering grounds. Some through western Washington on their way north, and some remain in the area for the breeding season. The forests will be filled with birdsong, courtship displays, nesting activity, and young birds. It is a very exciting time of the year!
Our walk will begin with a brief survey of Carkeek Park’s shore, but the majority of the time will be spent exploring Carkeek’s wetlands, forest trails, and orchard, where we expect there to be the most bird activity at this time of year. The walk will proceed at a leisurely pace and may include some walking on dirt trails with a moderate incline. Participants should always be prepared for cool, windy, and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk. The leader will have a pair of binoculars, spotting scope, and a field guide, but participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars if they have them.
Saturday, May 9, 8:30 -11:00am
Green Lake Park
Leader: Roniq Bartanen
Meeting Point: Green Lake Boathouse in front of the cafe. 7351 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115
Point: Green Lake Boathouse in front of the café, 7351 East Green Lake Dr. N. Seattle, WA 98115
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), A (paved and level), ~ 2.8 miles walking
Most people know Green Lake as a place to run, walk your dog and go for a nice stroll in the city but did you know it’s also a rich and diverse “Urban Birding” habitat? Over 170 species of birds have been seen here.
Join us as we explore the waterfowl, the arrival of spring migrants such as various Warblers, Ospreys, Swallows, Rufous Hummingbirds, Western Tanagers and also the many other species that spend time here throughout the year. All levels of birders are welcome from beginner and beyond as well as families. We will move at an easy pace navigating 2.8 miles of level terrain. Restroom options can be found along the way. Boots may be helpful as some spots can have puddles. Please leave dogs at home so our feathered friends won’t be scared off and dress appropriately for the weather. Binoculars are not necessary but will enhance the experience and can be rented at Seattle Audubon Society. The Café where we meet outside is open
8 am to 5 pm, weather permitting. A small parking lot is available as well as street parking. Public transportation is encouraged and a bike rack is also nearby. Trail is ADA accessible; all abilities and mobilities are welcome!
Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 -11:00am
Leader: Jan Bragg
Meeting Point: Education Pavilion (west side of boat launch parking lot E-1. At the end of drive, on your right, after entering Magnuson Park from NE 65th St entrance). Bus #62, #74, or #75 stops at Sand Point Way x NE 65th St; ~15 minute walk down entrance road to the Education Pavilion
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with gentle rolling hills), ~2 miles walking
We will be walking uphill and down, looking and listening for forest birds. Then we will stroll through the wetlands, looking for water birds. This walk is suitable for any level of bird-watcher, including children (accompanied by adult). Bring binoculars, water, and a willingness to stop & listen.
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 -11:00am
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough, John Leszczynski, Dick Holcomb, Shelley Evans, Bev Bowe
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), B (mostly gravel trails, with some soft ground or mud), ~1.5 miles walking
Spring is the liveliest time for birdwatching at Union Bay. In March, violet-green and tree swallows begin to return en masse, performing delightful aerial acrobatics, and by May, ospreys are likely to return to either the nesting platform in the center of the park, or to another site nearby. Other likely species include marsh wrens, green-winged teals, bald eagles, red-winged blackbirds, killdeers, savannah sparrows, and Anna's hummingbirds.
Union Bay Natural Area lies in northeast Seattle, east of the University of Washington. Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture in the East parking lot off NE 41st Street, one block beyond the place where Mary Gates Memorial Drive turns left to becomes NE 41st Street.
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 -11:30am
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline, WA
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, near the restrooms
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely, many stops to observe), C (hiking trails with gently rolling hills and some steps), ~ 2-3 miles walking, no vehicle travel
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, grab our spotting scopes, and walk the short distance to the beach for some seabird 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, and a scope, if you have one. (We will share spotting scopes, so it’s not a problem if you don’t have one). Please bring along your sense of humor, but leave your pets at home, even if they have a good sense of humor.
Trip Accessibility Indicators