Family friendly bird walk is May 18

May 7, 2013

By Staff

Lorenzo Rohani, 13, does some birdwatching with a camera, long lens and tripod. He gives a talk May 18 at an Eastside Audubon event. By Michael Rohani

Lorenzo Rohani, 13, does some birdwatching with a camera, long lens and tripod. He gives a talk May 18 at an Eastside Audubon event.
By Michael Rohani

A guided family birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park and a lively talk by an accomplished 13-year-old birder will show kids and grown-ups the excitement of discovering the natural world through bird watching.

Both events are free, and Eastside Audubon welcomes everyone in the community to attend either one or both.

An easy walk on maintained trails and walkways with master birder Andy McCormick will explore the many habitats of Lake Sammamish State Park. Woodlands, streamside, lakeshore and meadow attract a variety of birds this season. Expect to see (and hear!) colorful songbirds and woodpeckers, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, goofy American Coots and many others.

The free walk begins at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to end at noon (you can leave at any time). The route and pace will be adjusted to fit the needs of the group. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

To join the walk, enter through the park’s main gate, take the first left, and meet at the northeast end of the large parking lot a little before 10 a.m. State park entry requires a day-use fee or Discover Pass (available at many Big 5 and Fred Meyer locations, or discoverpass.wa.gov).

Thirteen-year-old Lorenzo Rohani and his dad, Michael Rohani, have traveled thousands of miles together birding and photographing birds.

Lorenzo’s talk is based on the book they co-wrote, “A Kid’s Guide to Birding.” It features Lorenzo’s excellent photographs, stories about his birding adventures and fun facts he’s learned about birds.

He’ll also share his tips for kids about how to get started in birding, where to find birds and ways to figure out which ones are which.

The free talk is at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 N.W. Holly St. Doors open for hospitality at 2:30 p.m. and Lorenzo’s talk begins at 3. Find out more about Lorenzo at his website, kidsbirding.com.

Eastside Audubon is the National Audubon Society chapter active in Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville and unincorporated East King County.

Eastside Audubon works to protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people. The group welcomes new and experienced birders on birding walks and field trips and in birding classes. Learn more about the group, and the May 18 birding event, at www.eastsideaudubon.org.

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