Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-780-7844 (e-mail preferred). A long half-day trip, but there are few places in the region better for observing a great variety of nesting bird species, and they should all be here by mid-June. We will walk the forest and barn trails and as far out on the boardwalk as we care to go. There is a good option for lunch after birding at Norma’s just outside the refuge. Meet at the parking lot by the visitor center at 8:30. a.m.
Al & Andrew Westphal, Leaders: 206-780-7844 or westphalac@ aol.com (e-mail preferred) to register. An annual favorite. Lots of spring arrivals should be present, especially big numbers and a nice variety of swallows. Maybe a few good warblers too. We encourage families to bring children, 3rd grade and above. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Theler Wetlands Nature Center. It is on Highway 3 at the 2nd red light, just south of Belfair in Mason County.
Seattle’s Montlake Fill: Saturday, April 28 (half-day). Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, email@example.com, 206-780- 7844 (e-mail preferred). The Montlake Fill is an extraordinary natural area adjacent to UW and Lake Washington’s Union Bay, and it should be full of spring birds, waterfowl, and others by late-April. Meet at the birders’ kiosk at the west end of the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle 98105. Parking is free. (About 15 min. from Seattle Ferry or 30 min. from Edmonds ferry terminal). Meeting time about 8 a.m. (Take 7:05 ferry from Bainbridge or Kingston.)
Sequim Birding: Saturday, April 21 (full-day). Contact Gene and Sandy Bullock (genebullock@ comcast.net; 360-394-5635). We’ll meet at Salsbury Point County Park at 8:00 a.m. to form carpools. We’ll make stops at the Gardner Wild Bird Store, Gardner Boat Launch, John Wayne Marina, Batelle Overlook, Marlin Nelson Park, Old Oyster Plant Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Bring bag lunch and plan to share carpool expenses.
Point No Point/Hansville: Saturday, March 31 (halfday). Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-780-7844 (e-mail preferred). Join us for one last look at the wintering seabirds of Kitsap County’s premier IBA (Important Bird Area). This is the time of year where we can find some of our wintering water birds transitioning into their breeding plumage. We’ll divide our time between a sea watch and a walk along the marsh trail at Point No Point, then finish the morning with a stop at Norwegian Point Park. We’ll meet at the Point No Point County Park parking area at 8:30 to start off.