Seward Park Audubon Center
NEWSLETTER November 18, 2021
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 American Coots photo by Linda-Dyer-Kennedy
Rafting Along Andrews Bay
Do you know where to find mudhens? Mudhens, a nickname for the American Coot, can be found year-round in the Seattle area but their numbers increase during the winter months. They can be found huddled together in large groups that sometimes exceed one thousand in number. As they float along the water, coots are so tightly packed together that they resemble a raft adrift on gentle waves, hence the term “a raft of coots." You can find rafts of coots right now on Andrews Bay or slightly further north near Ohler Island. Just look for small black and gray birds with white bills with a large number of family and friends.
American Coots photo by Linda-Dyer-Kennedy
Wild Turkey photo by Scrubhiker (USCdyer)
Thanksgiving Weekend Closure
The Seward Park Audubon Center will be closed Saturday, November 27, and Sunday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you will find time during this weekend to enjoy the outdoors, and maybe introduce yourself to a bird. If you choose to stay indoors, please consider ordering a puzzle this weekend. You can order puzzles and more in our online store for curbside pick-up this Saturday or Sunday. 
Wild Turkey photo by Scrubhiker (USCdyer)
Coopers Hawk photo by Mick Thompson
The Early Bird
Saturday, November 20, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 AM or, 

Sunday, November 21, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 AM 

Free
Advance Registration Required


Join us in Seward Park during a point in the day where the bird's calls and songs are lifted high above the din of the busy day that follows. Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez leads our trek through the fields and forest as we tune in to migrating and resident birds and bring them into view as the opportunity allows. We provide the binoculars, and you bring your curiosity.

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Coopers Hawk photo by Mick Thompson
Mushroom photo by Shannon Kringen
Guided Nature Walk | Finding Fungi: Mushroom Foray
Saturday, November 20, 2021
1:00 – 3:30 PM or, 

Sunday, November 21, 2021
1:00 – 3:30 PM


Free
Advance Registration Required

Mushroom season continues!  With the recent rains, our meadows and forests are sprouting a variety of mushrooms; Boletes, Turkey Tails, and Shaggy Manes, and Witch's Butter add color and interest to our park and provide clues to the fungi just beneath the forest floor.  This fungal connectivity is integral to the health and diversity of our forest.  Join Lead naturalist Ed Dominguez as we explore this fascinating world of mushrooms on a tour of Seward Park.

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Mushroom photo by Shannon Kringen
Bufflehead photo by MIck Thompson
The Lazy Bird
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free
Advance Registration Required


Go ahead, have that second cup of coffee, we'll wait. Join us in Seward Park for a survey of our birds sailing across the sky, perched in our trees, and paddling on the water. Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez leads our trek across the fields, shorelines, and forest as we tune in to migrating and resident birds and bring them into view as the opportunity allows.
Bufflehead photo by MIck Thompson
Photo by Richard Ricciardi
Meditation Nature Walk
Sunday, December 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Free
Advance Registration Required

Tune your awareness to the natural world of Seward Park's ancient forest, sky, and shore. Find peace and rejuvenation on a guided meditation walk with Kimberly Bowen, meditation and martial arts teacher and former staff at Seward Park Audubon Center. Modest pace, up to 2 miles including some stairs. Older children who can maintain silence may join with their adults. No pets, please.

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Photo by Richard Ricciardi
Eric Scigliano at the Royal Room
Here's Your Second Chance
So many authors, researchers, artists, and newsmakers have shared time with our community to broaden our knowledge and offer new perspectives. In case you missed them or would like to re-watch and share these programs, we have created a space to enjoy them again. Our most recent programs can online at our Presentation Rewatch. There’s no charge to enjoy these programs that help us understand and enjoy the natural world.

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Eric Scigliano at the Royal Room
The Giving Tree by Hannah Salia
Hannah Salia | Illumination - Paintings and Poetry From the Forest
Gallery Exhibit
Through December 12

Inspired by the beautiful coastal landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, artist Hannah Salia's paintings focus on the interplay of color and light through the forest and how these illuminated moments can renew the spirit.  Finding new creative synergies in pairing her paintings with her haiku poetry, Ms. Salia recently published "Illumination - Paintings and Poetry From the Forest," a book featuring these collected works. The show  ‘Illumination’ will feature paintings and poems in the Garry Oak Gallery from September 19 through December 12.
The Giving Tree by Hannah Salia
Curbside Pickup
Order Up!
The Center is now open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 – 5, but we are still accepting orders for curbside pick-up. Choose from many birdfeed options, fun jigsaw puzzles, handmade bird boxes, and our favorite books. Place your order online anytime for pickup on Saturday or Sunday. All orders must be placed online.

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5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118
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