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First-time Birder Walks Start in November

By Lori Danielson

Do you know someone interested in birds but not sure how to start birdwatching? Eastside Audubon will offer free monthly bird walks at local parks starting in November for people who want to get started with this popular hobby.Red-breasted Sapsucker by Ollie Oliver

Starting with the Basics

The walks will begin with 30 minutes of instruction on what to look for when identifying birds, use of binoculars, birding etiquette, use of apps and field guides, and local birding hot spots, among other topics. After that, walk leaders Antonio Montañana and Lori Danielson will take participants on a two-hour walk around the park to practice skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars but loaner binoculars will be available for those who don’t. Handouts describing birding essentials will be provided.

Supporting Bird Friendly Communities

The bird walks are part of Eastside Audubon’s Bird Friendly Eastside campaign, in which the chapter is creating initiatives to make our community a better place for birds. EAS plans to reach out to residents, schools, businesses, and city governments to enhance backyards and parks to better support our native and migrating bird populations.

Schedule and Registration


The initial first-time birder walk will take place at Juanita Bay Park at 8:00am on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Children age 10 and up are permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The trip is limited to a maximum of 8 people and pre-registration is required. Contact Antonio at to register or with questions. A schedule of later walks will be posted on the EAS website and announced in the Corvid Crier. 

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