Birding is Not Just a Summer Activity

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Juanita Bay Park Hosts Winter Migrants
Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, WA, is home to a variety of winter migrants—birds who only come as far south as the Puget Sound over the winter months.   Bird migration is primarily associated with birds who travel from cold northern climates to tropical southern ones. However, there are many species that come no farther south than the temperate zones.
“Winter is a perfect time to learn about the beautiful water birds that spend these months in our bay,” says Jill Keeney, the Eastside Audubon liaison to the Eastside Park rangers.
Such species include the Pacific Loon, Trumpeter Swan and Tundra Swan. All of these species have been seen at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland.  In fact, Juanita Bay Park is not just a
spot to find wildlife during the summer months, but is one of the best places to find wildlife year round.
Eastside Audubon encourages local residents to take a break in nature and birding is a great way to do this. A pair of binoculars can help, but at Juanita Bay many of the birds stay close the boardwalk and causeway making viewing them easy.
Eastside Audubon hosts a Juanita Bay Park Interpretative Tour on the first Sunday of every month from 1-2 p.m. 
The next tour will take place on January 7th.  Children over 6 years old are welcome to attend with an adult.  On January 16th, as well as the third Tuesday of every month, a walk for teens and adults will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tours can be helpful in learning bird species but are not required to visit the park. The park features about two miles of paved trails and boardwalks that allow visitors to view a variety of habitat types. There is no entry fee.

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