Whidbey Audubon Society


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Birding in the Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips

South Whidbey
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Cathi Bower (email) .

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff (email) .

Saturday May 11: Field Trip
Birding in Edmonds
Leaders: Bev Bowe, Sarah Schmidt. Edmonds resident and bird photographer Bev Bowe will meet us in Mukilteo and lead us to some of her favorite Edmonds birding spots for both land and water birds. Potential places we'll visit include Pine Ridge Park, Yost Park, Edmonds Fishing Pier, Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, and Edmonds Marsh. Bring a lunch, we'll return mid afternoon.

Meet at 7:40 a.m. at Bayview Park and Ride to carpool to the 8:30 ferry to Mukilteo. Contact Sarah Schmidt at (360)-929-3592 (email) to register. There is no participant limit.

Saturday May 11: Field Trip
Vendovi Island Preserve
Other dates: June 15 and July 13

About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July. In addition to birding, you can explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 2 mi, 200 ft elevation gain), and enjoy your lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned Vendovi Island (located off the northwestern tip of Guemes Island) since 2010 ensuring its protection. There’ll also be time to bird along the way including a stop at the Cone Islands, situated between Cypress and Guemes Islands, where more Pigeon Guillemots nest.

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm (about 3 hours on the island)

Group size: 4 min – 12 max (invite fellow birders, friends & family!)

Price: $106 p/p; reservation fee of $31.48 secures spot, balance of $75 p/p due on day of cruise

Departs from: Island Express Charters, Skyline Marina, Anacortes

What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing

Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box

Reservations: https://skagitguidedadventures.com/calendar/ ; go to date and follow booking flow

Contact: Stephanie Fernandez, steph@skagitguidedadventures.com (360) 47 47 47 9


Saturday June 15: Field Trip
Vendovi Island Preserve
Other date: July 13

About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July. In addition to birding, you can explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 2 mi, 200 ft elevation gain), and enjoy your lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned Vendovi Island (located off the northwestern tip of Guemes Island) since 2010 ensuring its protection. There’ll also be time to bird along the way including a stop at the Cone Islands, situated between Cypress and Guemes Islands, where more Pigeon Guillemots nest.

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm (about 3 hours on the island)

Group size: 4 min – 12 max (invite fellow birders, friends & family!)

Price: $106 p/p; reservation fee of $31.48 secures spot, balance of $75 p/p due on day of cruise

Departs from: Island Express Charters, Skyline Marina, Anacortes

What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing

Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box

Reservations: https://skagitguidedadventures.com/calendar/ ; go to date and follow booking flow

Contact: Stephanie Fernandez, steph@skagitguidedadventures.com (360) 47 47 47 9


Saturday July 13: Field Trip
Vendovi Island Preserve
About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July. In addition to birding, you can explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 2 mi, 200 ft elevation gain), and enjoy your lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned Vendovi Island (located off the northwestern tip of Guemes Island) since 2010 ensuring its protection. There’ll also be time to bird along the way including a stop at the Cone Islands, situated between Cypress and Guemes Islands, where more Pigeon Guillemots nest.

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm (about 3 hours on the island)

Group size: 4 min – 12 max (invite fellow birders, friends & family!)

Price: $106 p/p; reservation fee of $31.48 secures spot, balance of $75 p/p due on day of cruise

Departs from: Island Express Charters, Skyline Marina, Anacortes

What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing

Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box

Reservations: https://skagitguidedadventures.com/calendar/ ; go to date and follow booking flow

Contact: Stephanie Fernandez, steph@skagitguidedadventures.com (360) 47 47 47 9