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See the Marymoor Park Baby Herons!

Come to Redmond on a Saturday morning and get close-up looks at the noisy colony of Great Blue Herons and their young ones.

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When July 05, 2014
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Event Location Marymoor Park
Street Address West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE
City Redmond
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Contact Name Mary Brisson
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Baby Great Blue Herons have hatched in about 20 nests in the cottonwood trees near the Sammamish River at Marymoor Park.

It's noisy fun when parents bring food for the endlessly hungry youngsters. Come to the park in Redmond to watch the action and get close looks through the high-powered spotting scopes of Eastside Audubon members.

Our last monthly viewing date this year is July 5, 9 to 11 a.m. By August the young will have flown! (Rain cancels viewing.)

How to Get There

Please be aware that the scope viewing point and the trails to reach it are inside the off-leash dog area of Marymoor Park. Parking fee is $1.

To find the viewing spot:

At Marymoor Park, go to Lot D.

Take the trail that runs alongside the river, heading south (upstream toward Lake Sammamish).

After about 5 minutes' walking (give or take), you'll reach a point with an open area on the left and wide steps into the river on the right; there's a big signboard there with lots of flyers attached to it.

Look above the signboard and a little bit left, and you'll see numerous heron nests high up in the cottonwoods. There's a temporary fence around the trees in the heronry.

At the signboard, turn left into an open area, then look for us on the other side of that stand of cottonwoods. (You'll know us when you see us!)


This Year's Juvenile Great Blue Herons, by Mick Thompson

Great Blue Herons, by Mick Thompson



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