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Neighborhood 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.

If needed, request binoculars from The Nature Shop at least a week in advance. Further information is available from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 206-523-4483.

For directions to upcoming bird walks, click here.


Saturday, September 1, 9:00-11:00AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot
2300 Arboretum Drive East

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,
•    Chip and Goldie - our Pileated Woodpeckers,
•    Chester and Lacey - our local, but migrating Osprey and
•    Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles.    
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are generally level, but sometimes muddy. Families are welcome, but please leave the pets at home.
 

Tuesday, September 11, 8:00-10:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Promontory Point Pavilion

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.
Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE.  The Promontory Point Pavilion is a red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the Magnuson Park map.
 

Saturday, September 15, 9:00-11:00AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: Western-most parking lot at Carkeek Park in front of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and allows access to the beach

Our walk will include Carkeek's forest trails and the beach, with more time spent at the beach as fall progresses and large numbers of seabirds return to the Puget Sound. Participants should be prepared for the possibility of cool and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes.
 

Saturday, September 29, 9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)


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.


Tuesday, October 2, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Promontory Point Pavilion


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.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE.  The Promontory Point Pavilion is a red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the Magnuson Park map.
 

Thursday, October 4, 9:00AM
Lincoln Park, Seattle
Leaders: Anne Jacobs, Dick Lazeres, & Patty North
Meeting Point:  Southern-most Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way SW (8600 block of Fauntleroy Way SW)


Lincoln Park is in West Seattle near the Fauntleroy ferry dock.  We will stroll the beach seeking good looks at waterfowl and wander the forest to discover fall/winter residents.  Great walk for beginners.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  (Available on loan from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop).  Dress for blustery winter weather.  About 2 miles of mostly level walking with one climb back to our starting point.   Over by 12 Noon.
 

Thursday, October 4, 9:00-11:00 AM
Lake Union Park
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Tom Leschine
Meeting Point: Southwest corner of Lake Union at Valley Street and Westlake Avenue North


Beginner’s bird walk along the SW shore of Lake Union. Good for close views of waterfowl through the winter months. Dress for winter weather. Explore South Lake union after the walk. The permanent exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is free on this first Thursday, as is nearby Center for Wooden Boats. We often stop at the MOHAI Cafe for coffee after the walk. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.
 

Saturday, October 6, 9:00-11:00 AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot, 2300 Arboretum Drive East


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,
•    Chip and Goldie - our Pileated Woodpeckers,
•    Chester and Lacey - our local, but migrating Osprey and
•    Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles.    
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are generally level, but sometimes muddy. Families are welcome, but please leave the pets at home.
 

Saturday, October 13, 9:00-11:00 AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: Western-most parking lot at Carkeek Park in front of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and allows access to the beach


Our walk will include Carkeek's forest trails and the beach, with more time spent at the beach as fall progresses and large numbers of seabirds return to the Puget Sound. Participants should be prepared for the possibility of cool and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes.
 

Saturday, October 13, 9:00-11:00AM
Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park
Leaders: Tom Leschine and Dave Galvin
Meeting Point: Olympic Sculpture Park in front of PACCAR Pavillion (upper floor), 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121


The theme of this walk is birding at the urban land-water interface. We’ll walk through the Sculpture Park and then go down the stairs to Myrtle Edwards Park and walk the waterfront trail along Elliot Bay. Waterfowl, wintering passerines, raptors and gulls can be spotted on this route. Limited Pay Parking is available on the street and in the PACCAR underground garage. Taking public transportation is recommended. For directions and more information go to the Olympic Sculpture Park or Myrtle Edwards Park website.
 

Saturday, October 20, 8:30-10:30AM
Discovery Park
Leaders: Neil & Carleen Zimmerman, 425-485-3122, N3zims@comcast.net
Meeting Point: Discovery Park South Parking Lot


Discovery Park is at the western end of Interbay-Magnolia. Meet near the toilet facility at the South Parking lot (enter on right off W Emerson St. just beyond Viewmont Way W).
 

Saturday, October 27,  9:00-11:00AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)


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.
 

Thursday, November 1, 9:00-11:00AM
Lake Union Park
Leaders: Dave Galvin and Tom Leschine
Meeting Point: Southwest corner of Lake Union at Valley Street and Westlake Avenue North


Beginner’s bird walk along the SW shore of Lake Union. Good for close views of waterfowl through the winter months. Dress for winter weather. Explore South Lake union after the walk. The permanent exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is free on this first Thursday, as is nearby Center for Wooden Boats. We often stop at the MOHAI Cafe for coffee after the walk.  Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.
 

Saturday, November 3, 9:30 AM
Seward Park
Leader: Richard Youel, (206) 282-3758, cryouel@msn.com
Meeting Point: Seward Park Nature Center


Seward Park is on the shore of Lake Washington at S. Orcas St., and Lake Washington Blvd. Meet in front of the nature center at the east edge of the oval driveway. Metro bus #39.
 

Saturday, November 3, 9:00-11:00 AM
Washington Park Arboretum
Leader: Larry Hubbell
Meeting Point: Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot, 2300 Arboretum Drive East


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,
•    Chip and Goldie - our Pileated Woodpeckers,
•    Chester and Lacey - our local, but migrating Osprey and
•    Monty and Marsha - our newest pair of Bald Eagles.    
Binoculars are essential. Boots may be helpful. The paths we take are generally level, but sometimes muddy. Families are welcome, but please leave the pets at home.
 

Saturday, November 10, 9:00-11:00 AM
Carkeek Park
Leader: Nathaniel Peters
Meeting Point: Western-most parking lot at Carkeek Park in front of the walking bridge that crosses the railroad tracks and allows access to the beach


Our walk will include Carkeek's forest trails and the beach, with more time spent at the beach as fall progresses and large numbers of seabirds return to the Puget Sound. Participants should be prepared for the possibility of cool and/or rainy weather, and should check the weather forecast prior to each walk. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes.

Tuesday, November 13, 9:00-11:00AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Promontory Point Pavilion


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.

Magnuson Park is in NE Seattle. Take bus #75 to NE 65th St Entrance on Sand Point Way NE.  The Promontory Point Pavilion is a red-metal-roofed structure next to the little drive-in road at the west edge of parking lot E-1. It is marked with a pink square on the Magnuson Park map.
 

Saturday, November 17,  9:00-11:00 AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough & John Leszczynski
Meeting Point: Center for Urban Horticulture, East Parking Lot (near greenhouses)


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.

 

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