Located at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center
 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA 98466   |   253-565-9278
2017 Birdathon Field Trips

Looking for a ready-to-go Birdathon trip?
Check out the many fun options below.

Birdathoner Field Trips

You must be a participating "Birdathoner" to go on one of these unique field trips. (Not participating yet? Find out how to become a Birdathoner.) Carpooling (and sharing gas costs) is encouraged.

Important registration details:

  • New this year! Registration for these trips opens Tuesday, April 11 at 4 pm, and will be on a first-come first-served basis.
  • On or after April 11 at 4 pm, you can register via links here or at [Neon link].
  • When you register, you'll be asked to donate $5 to kick off your fundraising page.

    Birding with the DuPont Dudes (half-day trip) – Great Variety! 

    Saturday, April 29

    8 am – 2 pm

    Trip Leaders: Nathaneal Swecker & Will Brooks

    Limit: None! 

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 


    Join DuPont birding dudes Nathanael and Will on a trip around the DuPont area. We’ll meet at the DuPont Community Center parking lot (303 Barksdale Ave, DuPont), and then t​he majority of the day will be spent walking trails with one excursion to drive Mounts Road. We will take advantage of spring migration, covering a broad range of habitats, including marshes, fields, woodlands and the Sound. ​We will be out all morning so don't forget to bring a lunch, water and snacks!

      Habitat Hopping (morning trips) – Special Series!    
      Saturdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13
      9 – 11 am 

      Trip Leader: Brenda Miller

    Limit: 20 Birdathoners per trip

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 

    How do bird populations differ between habitats? This series of Birdathon field trips will take us through three different habitats over three consecutive Saturdays. We will explore marine, wetland, and forest spaces and compare what we find in each one! All experience levels are welcome. Bring good walking shoes and be ready to trek through some tall grass and sand. If you are unable to attend all three days, please let us know which you will be attending when you register.

    • April 29 – Purdy Spit: Meet at University of Puget Sound, Thompson Hall parking lot to carpool across the Narrows bridge. [This trip of the series has been canceled.]
    • May 6 – Mountain View Cemetery Marsh: Meet at parking lot on west side of cemetery.
    • May 13 – Swan Creek: Meet at Pioneer Way entrance. We’ll finish off our adventure with lunch at E9 Restaurant and consolidate our species list across the three trips. 

    Titlow Park (short trip) – Great for First-Timers! 

    Wednesday, May 3 

    10 am – 12 pm 

    Trip Leader: Rosanne Becker

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 

    Enjoy both water and songbirds at Titlow Park in Tacoma on this field trip led by Rosanne Becker. A variety of bird habitats will be explored, including salt water, pond, and forest. We will meet at the parking area by the pond.

    The Washington Bird Dash (overnight trip) – Maximize Total Species! 

    Saturday, May 6 — Sunday, May 7  

    Dawn Saturday – evening Sunday

    Trip Leaders: Marcus Roening, Heather Ballash, Art Wang

    Limit: 9 Additional Birdathoners

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 


    Want to see 130 species in one day? Please join us on this fast-paced route from Commencement Bay in Tacoma to the Potholes in central WA. We’ll go through 15 habitat zones in a race against time to see as many species as possible for Tahoma Audubon. We’ll start on salt water, work our way over Snoqualmie Pass, through the Ponderosa Pine zone, and into the shrub steppe of the Columbia River basin. Novices and experts are both welcome. We’ll stay overnight in Othello, then take a leisurely trip back on Sunday. Please sign up online and provide an email address and phone number so we can to coordinate lodging and carpool details. Each participant should be planning to donate or raise at least $150 in pledges in order to participate in this trip.

      Lewis County Big Day (all-day trip) – Explore Another County!    
      Sunday, May 7
      6 am – 7 pm 

      Trip Leader: Ed Pullen

    Limit: 11 Additional Birdathoners (3 vehicles)

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 

    Join Ed Pullen on a birdathon in Lewis County—and help him meet his goal of spending at least one day of birding in each of the 39 Washington counties in 2017. Join him for a day in Lewis county. Meet at the Park & Ride behind McDonalds at the junction of I-5 and Hwy 512 at 6 am. We will head south to WA-12 and bird our way east over a variety of habitats.  Goal to find as many species as we can and to enjoy visiting some new places. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks and clothes to suit the weather. You may want boots to keep your feet dry. We will plan to return by about 7 pm, though try to remain flexible as this will be a relatively new route for all of us. 

     Green River Watershed (all-day trip) – Special Access!  
      Saturday, May 13
      7 am – 3 pm 

      Trip Leaders: Greg Volkhardt & Diane Yorgason-Quinn

    Limit: 10 Additional Birdathoners (1 van)

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 


    Sign up for a rare opportunity to see the protected watershed managed by Tacoma Water and the source of Tacoma's drinking water. We will bird in forests and fields around the Howard Hanson Lake (elevation 1,200 feet) then visit Eagle Lake (2,200 feet). This is a restricted-access area, so please bring picture ID. Please also bring a lunch and wear appropriate clothing, and be prepared to do some walking. Meet at Tacoma Public Utilities, 3628 S 35th St, Lot A1, on the West side of the Administration Building. We will then carpool to the site in a 12-person van provided by Tacoma Public Utilities. 

    Nisqually NWR + Ocean Shores (half- or full-day trip) – See the Coast! 

    Saturday, May 13 

    8 am – dusk 

    Trip Leaders: Brian Sullivan, David Batker

    Limit: 20 Additional Birdathoners

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 

    For this Birdathon trip, Birdathoners may choose to go on one or both parts of the trip. The trip will begin at 8 am by walking the trails at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (Nisqually NWR). 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, or for just the Nisqually or Ocean Shores portion. If you choose to do just Ocean Shores, you should plan to be at Nisqually NWR by 11 am for carpooling. When registering, please indicate if you will do the full day or just a portion of the day. Carpooling logistics will be worked out in advance of the trip because vehicles cannot be left at the NWR after dark, when we will be returning. 

    Early Birders Sunrise Bird Walk (half-day trip) – Start with Coffee! 

    Saturday, May 20

    5:30 – 8 am

    Trip Leaders: Liza Higbee-Robinson, Merci & Brandon Clinton

    Limit: No limit! 

    Register: Sign up online or call 253-565-9278. 

    Brush the sleep from your eyes and get ready to bird! We’ll meet at 5:30 am at the Starbucks in Old Town (2112 N 30th St C, Tacoma) and leave promptly at 5:45 for our sunrise walk with the birds. We’ll go along Ruston Way, walking along the promenade toward Puget Park with the option to enter the lower reaches of the park to contrast woodland birds with shorebirds. The walk should take about two hours and is an out-and-back route spanning a couple of miles of easy terrain. We will have one car near Puget Park to accommodate a few people who may need a ride back to the start, but we encourage you to make the entire trip by foot. No dogs because we want to see birds! Please bring your own binoculars (if you have them, or request to borrow a pair from Tahoma Audubon), a guide book (if you want), water, snacks and appropriate clothing for the morning’s conditions.

    Recurring Field Trips

    Sign up for one (or more) of 12 of our recurring field trips
    that will be happening during Birdathon (April 22 – May 29).

    Find all recurring field trips on our calendar.  

    Bird-Related Festivals

    Anyone can attend these local festivals happening during Birdathon 2017—
    and they'd be a great "build-your-own" trip for Birdathoners. 

    Orcas Island BirdFest 
    May 5 - 7

    Eastsound, WA (San Juan Islands)

    Details: www.orcasislandbirdfest.com

    Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival
    May 5 – 7 

    Hoquiam, WA

    Details: www.shorebirdfestival.com

    Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest
    May 12 - 14 

    Yakima, WA

    Details: www.ycic.org/yakima-river-canyon-bird-fest

    Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
    May 18 - 21 

    Leavenworth, WA

    Details: www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com


    Contact Andrea Michelbach, Development & Community Engagement Coordinator,
    at 253-565-9129 or andream@tahomaaudubon.org.

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