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BirdLoop Nature Trail Becomes a Reality!

At long last, after 24+ months of hard work on the part of many Eastside Audubon volunteers in developing a plan and preparing the grant proposal, we have signed a contract with King County to become the Stewards of the Audubon BirdLoop at Marymoor Park. With this contract comes $100,000 in grant funds, whereby the Chapter will “adopt” the Interpretive Trail at the park. This is the same type of grant that S.O.D.A. (Save Our Dog Area) received from the County. If you’ve visited Marymoor Park in the last few years, you can see what a success their area is for dog owners.

We think that adopting the Interpretive Trail is important, as wildlife and natural areas are so often ignored. Park Departments are focused on generating revenue or active sports, and passive recreation is losing ground. We also think that our participation at the Park will boost the Chapter’s membership. The area is already known amongst birders – it’s published in two birder’s guides – and because we will be linked with the area on our signs, park maps, and the King County website, the Chapter will become better known on the Eastside.

Through our interpretive signs and brochures, classes and fieldtrips, the Chapter has the opportunity to educate the community on birds and wildlife, and the importance of habitat. We already give monthly bird walks at the Park, and we anticipate participation will grow. Now that the contract is signed and we have received our $100,000 grant, the County expects that our volunteers will pitch in and build the kiosks and boardwalks, develop and install the signs, and remove the noxious
weeds and plant native plants. We estimate this will take over 4,000 volunteer hours over two years!

As you can imagine, this is a big step for Eastside Audubon. Many volunteers have worked long and hard to bring this project up to this point, but now we need you.

Here’s Where You Come In.
The kiosk, signs, boardwalk and enhanced habitat at the Audubon BirdLoop will not become a reality without you! We are asking our membership to be a part of the Audubon BirdLoop, and work to see this birding trail become a reality. All skill levels are welcome – from ideas and design, to digging out invasive plants, to joining a construction crew, to helping spread the word in the surrounding community.

There are lots of opportunities to help! Please contact Jim Rettig if you’d like to volunteer on the BirdLoop. You needn’t commit to any specific job or date, but you could join our e-mail list and learn of upcoming opportunities. Work parties are held the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 12:00. We meet in Parking Lot G at the head of the interpretive trail.

Please contact Jim Rettig at 425-576-8805 with your support.

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The mission of Eastside Audubon is to protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.