Record number of bird species tallied during Christmas Bird Count

January 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015

Members of the Eastside Audubon chapter counted a record 97 species of birds during their annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 20.

This was the 31st year for the count that takes place in Issaquah, Preston, Fall City, the Snoqualmie Valley, Redmond, on the Sammamish Plateau and along the east and west sides of Lake Sammamish.

Four new species were added to the all-time list of birds seen, including a Golden Eagle, Eurasian-collard doves, a turkey vulture and a Gyrfalcon.

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Take a guided family bird walk on June 14

June 10, 2014

You won’t need cash or a Discover Pass on this no-fee June 14 at Lake Sammamish State Park where Eastside Audubon members will guide an easy walk on level pathways in search of baby ducks and woodpeckers.

It’s the peak of the nesting season, so the group will be on the lookout for nests and baby birds. You’ll also be watching (and listening) for zipping hummingbirds, chattering kingfishers and soaring eagles.

Kids will learn from an Eastside Audubon expert about the variety of birds that use habitats ranging from lakeshore to streamside to woodland.

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Come to free Family Birding Walk at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday

September 27, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 27, 2013

Celebrate the arrival of fall with a family birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

The leaves will be dressed in their fall finery, and the ducks and waterfowl will be back on the lake. Look up when you hear the call of geese flying overhead and listen for Pacific wrens in the nearby bushes.

John Tubbs, a well-known birder and nature photographer, will lead the walk, but you can leave whenever your children want to, according to a press release from Eastside Audubon. Bring water and snacks, and dress for the weather.

Meet just inside the main entrance of the park, at 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, and take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the northeast end.

It’s a free day at the state parks: No Discover Pass is needed. No pre-registration or fee is required for the guided walk.

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