Supplemental Field Trip Info

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Registration Procedures
  • Sign up in advance for all field trips. No walk-ins, please.
  • Registration is open when field trips are posted.
    • Register online via the REGISTER link in the calendar description. OR
    • Register by calling the Birds Connect Seattle office at 206-523-4483, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.  OR
    • Register in-person at The Nature Shop (8050 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
  • Members may sign up for themselves and one guest for no more than two lotteries per month; members recieve priority registration.
  • Do not call leaders to register; their numbers are listed only for last-minute cancellations.
  • Field trips are for people 18 years of age and older. Anyone under 18 must call for information before registering.
Field Trip Preparation and Expectations
  • No pets are allowed on any field trip.
  • Be prepared with layers and footwear appropriate to the weather.
  • Bring a lunch, drinks, and snacks for trips that go beyond midday.
  • Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, and cash for carpool fees, ferries, lattes, etc.
    • Participants in Birds Connect Seattle programs may borrow optics at no cost. If needed, request binoculars from The Nature Shop; reserving binoculars in advance will better ensure availability. Further information is available from TheNature Shop, 206-523-4483.
  • If you have them, bring spotting scopes, walkie talkies, WDFW stickers, Golden Age passes, and park passes.
  • Arrive at meeting place a few minutes early.
  • Stay with the group when in the field.
  • Carpool fees are 65 cents per mile and are listed for each trip, to be divided by passengers in each car. Ferry tolls and park fees are additional, to be divided by driver and passengers.
  • Field trip participants must wear seat-belts during all vehicle travel.
  • Birds Connect Seattle requires participants to sign a waiver as a condition of participating in these services. Click here to view a copy of the “liability release form” you will need to sign the day of the trip.
  • Other expectations are covered in the Birds Connect Seattle Code of Conduct.


If You Need To Cancel
  • If you are unable to attend a trip for which you registered, notify the office ASAP so someone else can fill your spot. Repeat no-shows will have restricted access to field trips. (Three no-shows in six months will result in 90 days restriction of field trip participation.)
  • Call the leader only for last-minute cancellations
Locations of Carpool Meeting Places
  • NE 145th Street Park & Ride (P&R)… see directions to North Jackson Park Park & Ride below.
  • 272nd Street Park & Ride (P&R) is at exit #147 off I-5; turn right and right into parking lot.
  • Carkeek Park is at NW 110th and Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle.
  • Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) is at 3501 NE 41st in Seattle.
  • Discovery Park is at 3800 W. Government Way in Seattle.
  • Green Lake Park & Ride (P&R) (a.k.a Ravenna P&R) is at 6601 8th Ave NE, Seattle 98115.  It is located under I-5 on the north side of NE 65th Street.
  • Eastgate Park & Ride is at 14200 Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007
  • Herring’s House Park restoration site is just north of Kellogg Island on West Marginal Way, south of the West Seattle Bridge.
  • Jack Block Park is at Terminal 5, 2130 Harbor Ave. SW, past the 7-11 and just before Salty’s.
  • Juanita Bay Park is at 2201 Market Street in Kirkland, park lot of 98th Ave.
  • Lincoln Park is at 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW (at Monroe), just north of the ferry terminal in West Seattle.
  • Luther Burbank Park is at 2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, at the northeast end of the island.
  • Magnuson Park is at 6500 Sand Point Way (65th St. and Sand Point Way NE), and the Magnuson Education Pavilion is at the end of the 65th Street entrance to the park,  next to the little drive-in road at the west end of  parking lot E-1.  Click here for a park map.
  • Maple Valley Park & Ride (P&R) is at 23033 Renton-Maple Valley Rd/SE 231st St & Renton-Maple Valley Rd (SR-169).
  • Marymoor Park is at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast in Redmond.
  • Mercer Island Park & Ride (P&R) is north of I-90 at 80th Ave. SE and N Mercer Way (take exit 7A from Seattle).
  • Montlake Fill … see directions to Union Bay Natural Area below.
  • Mountlake Terrace Park-&-Ride (P&R) is at exit #178 northbound off I-5.
  • Newport Hills Park & Ride (P&R) is at 5115 113th Pl SE/I-405 & 112th Pl SE, in Bellevue. Take Exit 9 from I-405.
  • North Jackson Park Park & Ride (P&R) (a.k.a. NE 145th Street P&R) is at 14711 5th Ave NE in Shoreline. Take Exit 175 off northbound I-5. Go straight ahead (north) through the traffic signal at NE 145th Street, and turn left into the P&R in about a half block. (Be careful not to turn onto I-5, as there is an on-ramp just before the P&R.)
  • Pier 62/63, 1951 Alaskan Way, is just north of the Seattle Aquarium.
  • Ravenna Park & Ride (P&R)… see directions to Green Lake Park and Ride above.
  • Schmitz Preserve Park is at 5551 SW Admiral Way in West Seattle.
  • Seward Park is at 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
  • Shoreline Park & Ride (P&R) is at 18821 Aurora Ave N/Aurora Ave N & N 192nd St
  • South Kirkland Park & Ride (P&R) is at  10610 NE 38th Place in Kirkland.
  • South Renton Park & Ride (P&R) is at the corner of Shattuck Ave. S. and S. Grady Way, northeast of the intersection of I-405 and SR 67, across the street from the Renton Village shopping center.
  • Tibbetts Lot (1675 Newport Way NW) is the uncovered parking lot across the street from the 3-story parking structure at Issaquah Transit Center – Take Exit 15 off I-90, turn right, go south to 3rd traffic light, left on Newport Way, go less than ½ block, turn right.
  • Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA), a.k.a. Montlake Fill, is west of the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st in Seattle.
  • Wilburton Park & Ride (P&R) is at 720 114th Ave SE in Bellevue. Take Exit 12 from I-405, go west under freeway, turn right onto Lake Washington Blvd SE, then right into P&R.
    * If you are car-pooling and leaving a car behind at the meeting place, do not leave valuables in your car and be sure to lock your car.

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