Montlake Fill, Seattle
Saturday, April 20th – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, or all day for Birdathon participants
April 20th is the opening day for Birdathon this year. This is a relatively short trip to a well-known Seattle site that should be good both for novice and experienced birders, whether or not you are participating in Birdathon. Families are welcome. Meet Art Wang at the Tacoma Dome Park & Ride, East G St. entrance, at 7:30 AM. Expect to see ducks and water birds and some early Spring land bird migrants in a popular spot near Husky Stadium. Those who want to come just for Montlake Fill should be back by 2 pm. However, for those interested in increasing their species list for Birdathon, we will also visit other sites in the Seattle area for the remainder of the day. Register by contacting Art at ArtNancy@harbornet.com or (253) 209-4420. Please provide an email address and phone number when you sign up.
Nisqually NWR and Ocean Shores
Saturday, April 27th --8am to Evening
The trip will begin by walking the Nisqually trail from 8am to 10:30. Afterwards, we will have lunch (please bring) and set forth to carpool to Gray's Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and from there to Ocean Shores on another birding adventure until dusk. The day ends with dinner to recap the day's counts and activities. Participants are welcome to come for the entire day, Nisqually, or Ocean Shores. If you choose to do just Ocean Shores, you should plan on meeting at Nisqually at 11am so we can carpool to Gray's Harbor.
Meet at the Flagpole by the visitor's center at Nisqually NWR. Register by contacting Brian Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Batker at email@example.com. Please provide an email address and phone number when you sign up.
Local Adventure and Ocean Shores Trip
Friday May 3 and Sat May 4th - 2pm
Meet Ed Pullen and Ryan Weise for a 24-hour, overnight birdathon starting at 2 PM locally to areas including Ft. Steilacoom, Chamber's creek and Nisqually NWR, then an evening drive to Ocean Shores, overnight hotel there and up to finish the day at Ocean Shores and points on the way back home. Pack a dinner for day 1, and a lunch for day 2. We'll eat breakfast out on day 2. Bring waterproof boots and clothes for whatever weather we encounter. Expect 100+ species if all goes as expected! Limited to 2 vehicles. Register by contacting the Tahoma Audubon Center 253.565.9278.
Packwood , WA
Saturday, May 4th -- 8AM
Birdathon in Packwood, Saturday May 4, 2013. Join Theresa and Pat Dusek at their property located at 128 Rainbow Lane in Packwood Washington. We will start at 8 am with a slow walk along the Cowlitz River adjoining our property and move into a wetland/upland complex. If the road is opened we will drive to Bear Prairie along Skate Creek Road for more bird watching in the afternoon otherwise we will find another location nearby. Get your pledges and join us. Free accommodations to stay overnight
Morse Preserve; Graham, WA
Tuesday, May 7th -- 7am - 11am
Walk the trails and check out the marsh, dry Douglas fir forest, moist lowland forest, prairie, and meadows. Take a look at the pond in the marsh and the forested wetland from the bird tower. Over the years we have identified over 120 species! Meet at the parking area on site. Lead by Jerry Broadus, please call 253.565.9278 for registration details.
May 7th – 10am to Noon
Enjoy both water and songbirds at this Tacoma Park lead by Rosanne Becker and Joann Sims. A variety of bird habitats will be explored including salt water, pond, and forest. We will meet at the swimming pool parking area. Register by contacting Rosanne Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the TAS office at 253.565.9278.
Tacoma to Moses Lake Overnight
May 11 -12th
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, 2013, 5:30 am Saturday until late Sunday afternoon. Leaders: Marcus Roening, Heather Ballash & Art Wang. Please join us for a fast paced trip to Eastern Washington to see birds of the sage brush – Sage Thrasher, Sparrows – Sage, Brewer’s and Vesper and of the potholes – Black-necked Stilt, Long-billed Curlew & Swainson’s Hawk. This trip will cover 15 habitat zones leading up to an expected list of 125 species. We’ll start at 5:30am at the Tacoma Tide flats and work are way eastwards ending at 8:30 pm for an overnight stay in Moses Lake. Sunday will be a much more leisurely return home through favorite bird areas. Please provide an email address and phone number when you sign up to coordinate logistics and lodging details. Sign up by calling the TAS office at (253) 565-9278 or Marcus Roening at (253) 756-0215.
Family Field Adventures
May 11th 8am -12pm & 1pm – 4pm; Tacoma Nature Center
Saturday is our 1st Family Field day for all. Grandparents, parents, sisters, and brother, come join Brandon Hawn and Daisy Garcia for a family day of birding. This event is a series; part I begins at 8am and part II to begin at 1pm. You are welcomed to have your adventure for both. To register, please contact Tahoma Audubon at 253.565.9278. Check out our calendar for more details to come!
Green River Watershed
May 11th - 8am to 3pm
Lead by Greg Volkhardt plus expert birder. This is a rare opportunity to see the protected watershed managed by Tacoma Water. We will bird in forests and fields around the Howard Hanson Lake (elevation 1200 feet) then visit Eagle Lake (2200 feet). Space is limited to the first 11 people. Bring picture I.D. as this is a restricted access area. Please bring a lunch and wear appropriate clothing. Be prepared to do some walking.
Meet at Tacoma Public Utilities, 3628 South 35ty St Lot A1, on the Westside of the Administration Building at 8:00am. You will travel in one or two vans and will be brought back to the parking lot at 3:00pm. Please contact Paulette Peters
Levenworth Spring Bird Fest
May 16th - 19th
Explore spectacular habitats ranging from sunny Ponderosa pine forests to flower-covered hillsides to lush shorelines. Enjoy birding by foot, boat, bicycle, van, or wheelchair. Activities also include workshops, concerts, and art shows. Fun for all ages! Contact LeavenworthSpringBirdFest.com or 509.548.5807.
New This Year…
KED -Kids Expedition Day! Field trip lead by Time for Kids 2012 photograph winner Lorenzo Rohani, 12, of Edmonds, Washington. His book, A Kid’s Guide to Birding, has become quite popular. His writing style connects with children teaching them what to look for when identifying birds. Lorenzo has previously presented his skills for our membership program student bird drawing contest and just recently lead a bird walk at the Puget Sound Bird Fest. Come and get your children involved in nature and the love for birds while having fun doing it. More details on this upcoming field trip for the kids are coming soon! Check our Tahoma Audubon Calendar!
Biking Birders – Activity filled Birdathon. Details will be on Tahoma Audubon Google calendar very soon!