40 New Trees on the Marymoor BirdLoop
The Eastside Audubon team last month replaced invasive species with native trees at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
At the first-Saturday work party in November, Eastside Audubon and King County volunteers planted 40 new trees in the East Meadow to replace non-native hawthorn and provide more favorable habitat for birds.
Also in November, the team got rid of what leader Glenn Eades estimated was "a LOT" of Scotch broom from the south part of the meadow and spiffed up the meadow trail.
Photo: Northern Shrike at Marymoor Park, by Ollie Oliver
Better for Birds
Of the newly planted trees, 20 are Garry oaks that will provide excellent perching opportunities in the meadow for large and small birds, according to Tim McGruder, a project leader at the BirdLoop.
With the Garry oaks in place, the hawthorns can be eliminated.
"Because the Garry oaks are very slow growing and fancied by deer," wrote Tim, "we've sourced the largest trees available (3 to 4 feet), ... planting them in drifts of five in the hope that one will survive from each drift."
The other 20 new trees are Red Alder, planted together at the south end of the meadow where it transitions to forest. Wrote Tim, "Alders are fast growing, provide great habitat for birds, and are good candidates for snagging as nests for woodpeckers and chickadees."
Next on the To-Do List
This winter at Marymoor, EAS volunteers will be removing more Scotch broom, attacking blackberries that dare to reappear where they've been cleared, and finishing the cleanup of the area near Lot G known as Snag Row.
Learn more about volunteering in habitat restoration at the Audubon BirdLoop at Marymoor Park.