So You Think You Want to Try Birding?

What’s all the fuss about birding? Learn all about it from a panel of UWRA’s experienced birders. They’ll share their best tips for starter equipment, how to find a group, where to go, and basic bird identification. Then they’ll split the attendees into small groups and lead brief introductory birding walks through the Union Bay Natural Area that surrounds the Center for Urban Horticulture. Bring binoculars if you have them! If you don’t, some will be available to share.

The Union Bay Natural Area is a public wildlife area, natural restoration laboratory, and an important habitat next to Lake Washington. At 74 acres, with 4 miles of shoreline, it is the second largest natural system left on the lake. Considered one of the best bird-watching sites in the city of Seattle, over 200 species of birds have been sighted here. Some long-time residents call this area the Montlake Fill.

At the east side of the Center for Urban Horticulture is Yesler Swamp, a part of the Union Bay Natural Area.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTES: Disability parking spots are available in the lots surrounding the CUH buildings. The Isaacson classroom at the Center for Urban Horticulture is accessible to wheels and walkers. Voice amplification will be used in the classroom, but will not be possible on the birding walks. The walks will be on uneven, unpaved ground. Walks of varying duration and difficulty will be offered.

Handouts from the Birding Session