Ridgefield NWR: Saturday – Sunday, March 24 – 25 (overnight). Connie Bickerton and Jennifer Standish will lead a car trip to this remarkable refuge for wintering waterfowl near the lower Columbia River. Highlights are likely to include Tundra Swans, the possibility of Sandhill Cranes and others. We will spend Saturday exploring Ridgefield NWR and the general area, Sunday is TBD. Ridgefield is about three hours from Kitsap County in moderate traffic. Trip will entail a good deal of driving miles and several longish walks on easy to moderate trails. Participation in this trip will be limited to a small group. If interested in this event, contact Connie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on the refuge, look at: https://www.fws.gov/ ridgefieldrefuges/complex/
Point No Point/Hansville: Saturday, March 31 (halfday). Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, email@example.com, 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.
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.
Seattle’s Montlake Fill: Saturday, April 28 (half-day). Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.)
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.
This is a Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation Event. Ages 10- 99. Join naturalist George Gerdts aboard the “Admiral Pete” as he narrates a fascinating wildlife tour around Bainbridge Island. Expect to see three species of cormorants, an array of sea ducks, rocky-shore sandpipers, bald eagles, marine mammals, and fabulous views of the Bainbridge Island shoreline. This trip fills quickly, so sign up early. Snacks and soft drinks provided. Bring binoculars and cameras. Check in at 9:45. Boat leaves promptly at 10:00 am. Cost is $85 per person. Register with BI Parks via website or phone 206-842-2306. Refer to course #131850-01. George generously donates to Kitsap Audubon Society (KAS) 20% of the fees paid by KAS members; so be sure to tell BI Parks when you sign up that you are a KAS member.
Contact Gene or Sandy Bullock to reserve a spot (360-394-5635; email@example.com). This morning field trip to Port Washington Narrows in Bremerton is a tradition started by Ivan Summers. The trip usually ends with lunch (optional) at the Boatshed Restaurant. We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at Lion’s Field Park on Lebo Lane. We’ll also visit Evergreen Park and stop at Lower Rota Vista Park. Kitsap Audubon has installed steps, a handrail and an interpretive sign at this charming little park at the end of Elizabeth Avenue, which offers exceptional views of a colony of Pelagic Cormorants and pair of Peregrine Falcons that nest on the underside of the Warren Avenue Bridge.