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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, February 17, 9:00-10:00 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.

 

For the winter walks, we will split our time between walking forested areas of the park and scanning the Puget Sound for seabirds from the beach. If weather is favorable and birds are cooperative, we may extend the walk until 10:30 a.m. Participants should be prepared for the possibility of cold and rainy weather and for a portion of the walk being spent at a stationary position on the beach. Checking the weather forecast prior to each walk is highly recommended. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes if they are comfortable doing so in a group setting and in potentially wet weather.


*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, February 22, 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
Olympic Sculpture Park & Myrtle Edwards Park
Leaders: Tom Leschine & 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. Public transportation is recommended. For directions and more information go to the Olympic Sculpture Park or Myrtle Edwards Park website.


Saturday, February 24, 9:00-11:00 AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leader: Julia Hansbrough & Jill Ericsson
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.
 

*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, March 1, 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. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.

Saturday, March 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. The paths are generally level however boots may be helpful and binoculars will be essential. Families are welcome but please leave pets at home.
 

Monday, March 5, 9:00-11:30 AM
Lincoln Park, Seattle
Leaders: Patty North, Dick Lazeres and Anne Jacobs
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 spring 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.
 

Tuesday, March 6, 9:00-11:00 AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Promontory Point Pavilion
 
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, March 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
 
As winter transitions to spring, the forested areas of the Park will become much more active with passerines and many of Seattle's seabirds and waterfowl will depart for more northern breeding grounds. With this in mind, our walk will include time on wonderful forest trails as well as time on the beach looking out on the Sound, but we will likely be spending more time in the former area. Participants should always be prepared for the possibility of cool and rainy weather, and for a portion of the walk being spent at a more exposed, stationary position on the beach. Checking the weather forecast prior to each walk is recommended. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes if they are comfortable doing so in a group setting and if there could be wet weather.
 

*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, March 15, 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
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, March 24, 9:00-11:00 AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough and Jill Ericsson
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, April 3, 9:00-11:00 AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Promontory Point Pavilion
 
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.

*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, April 5, 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. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.

Saturday, April 14, 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
 
As winter transitions to spring, the forested areas of the Park will become much more active with passerines and many of Seattle's seabirds and waterfowl will depart for more northern breeding grounds. With this in mind, our walk will include time on wonderful forest trails as well as time on the beach looking out on the Sound, but we will likely be spending more time in the former area. Participants should always be prepared for the possibility of cool and rainy weather, and for a portion of the walk being spent at a more exposed, stationary position on the beach. Checking the weather forecast prior to each walk is recommended. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes if they are comfortable doing so in a group setting and if there could be wet weather.
 

Saturday, April 7, 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. The paths are generally level however boots may be helpful and binoculars will be essential. Families are welcome but please leave pets at home.
 
Saturday, April 14, 8:30-10:30 AM
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).

 

*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, April 19, 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
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, April 28, 9:00-11:00 AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough and Jill Ericsson
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, May 1, 8:00-10:00 AM
Magnuson Park
Leader: Joe Sweeney
Meeting Point: Promontory Point Pavilion
 
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.

*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, May 3, 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. Parking is limited. Public transit is recommended. Find a map and more information on the Lake Union Park website.

Saturday, May 5, 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. The paths are generally level however boots may be helpful and binoculars will be essential. Families are welcome but please leave pets at home.
 

Saturday, May 12, 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
 
As winter transitions to spring, the forested areas of the Park will become much more active with passerines and many of Seattle's seabirds and waterfowl will depart for more northern breeding grounds. With this in mind, our walk will include time on wonderful forest trails as well as time on the beach looking out on the Sound, but we will likely be spending more time in the former area. Participants should always be prepared for the possibility of cool and rainy weather, and for a portion of the walk being spent at a more exposed, stationary position on the beach. Checking the weather forecast prior to each walk is recommended. One telescope will be on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own scopes if they are comfortable doing so in a group setting and if there could be wet weather
 

*** New Urban Walk ***
Thursday, May 17, 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
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, May 19, 9:00-11:00 AM
Union Bay Natural Area
Leaders: Julia Hansbrough and Jill Ericsson


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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