Nesting Herons, Eagles Ready for Their Close-ups
Eastside Audubon is set to help the public get in on the fun of watching the Great Blue Heron colony at Marymoor Park in Redmond and the Bald Eagles at Heritage Park in Kirkland.
We’re heading out to where the people are! (And there just happen to be birds.)
This spring and summer, Eastside Audubon members will be on hand regularly with spotting scopes to help the public get good looks at the Bald Eagle nest at Heritage Park in Kirkland and the Great Blue Heron rookery at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
Plans call for a series of weekend dates once a month at each location, as part of our program to build a bird friendly community on the Eastside.
Timed to take advantage of the busy times at the parks, the scope viewing schedule will be:
Come out for a look. Or, even better, stay for a while and join us as we talk to our neighbors about birds.
Photo: Great Blue Herons at Marymoor Park, by Ollie Oliver
If you’d like to be part of this effort to make friends for birds in our community, please email Mary Brisson. You don’t need to commit to more than one date at a time. Please include your phone number and a note about where and when you’d like to help.
No special expertise is necessary. You don’t even really need to bring a scope, though it will be helpful if a few of us will.
Weather bad enough to endanger the scopes will be reason to cancel, and we’ll make the decision on the scheduled viewing date.
The Bald Eagles at Heritage Park became international celebrities last year when Nancy Roberts and Andy McCormick persuaded the organizers of the Kirkland Independence Day celebration to move the fireworks launch pad farther from the nest. On July 4 hundreds of people at the park stopped by to look through EAS scopes.
At Marymoor Park, where Great Blue Herons have occupied the riverside cottonwoods for the third spring in a row, park visitors often can be seen staring up at the nests and marveling at the raucous flock.
In addition to sharing our spotting scopes with curious passersby at these popular spots, we’ll be answering questions with the help of prepared Q&A sheets and internet resources. Thanks to Mike West and Joyce Meyer for providing their excellent Great Blue Heron FAQs.