Seward Park Audubon Center
NEWSLETTER September 14, 2023
Photo by Jean Michel
Travel Plans for Birds
Did you know that birds are on the move? It’s the autumnal equinox and birds recognize this time of year and are actively heading south where temperatures are more moderate and insects are more plentiful. Many of our migratory songbirds travel at night: taking advantage of denser night air for lift, fewer predators, and using stars and the Earth’s magnetic field for orientation  But how can we bird lovers keep track of their movements when most of us are fast asleep? Technology to the rescue! Audubon has a new interactive visual tool called the Bird Migration Explorerthat allows you to follow the tracks of birds in real-time as they make their twice-yearly journeys of thousands of miles. BirdCast is another website that documents birds nightly; Wednesday night, for example, 708,200 birds migrated north to south over King County. Whether you use these new technology platforms or just prefer to look up to the sky, celebrate our feathered friends as they make their pilgrimage to their wintering grounds.
Photo by Jean Michel
Photo by Kathryn Sechrist
Our fundraising campaign marches on!
So many of our neighbors and friends are supporting our Seward Park Audubon programming. We hope that you can join in too! All gifts are welcome, so please find a level that works for you. Together, we can ensure that education and adventures in natural spaces continue for everyone. 

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Photo by Kathryn Sechrist
Wilson's Warbler photo by Mick Thompson
The Early Bird
Saturday, September 16, 2023
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM, or
Sunday, September 17, 2023
8:00 AM – 10:30 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. 

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Wilson's Warbler photo by Mick Thompson
Western Red Cedar photo by David Prasad
Guided Nature Walk | Conifers of Seward Park
Saturday, September 16, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

Interested in learning our native trees?  Conifers are a great place to start…they are evergreen, they are big, and their cones can be found year-round.  Join us as we explore Seward Park not only for identification clues, but backstory details about these iconic symbols of the Pacific Northwest.

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Western Red Cedar photo by David Prasad
Pileated Woodpecker photo by Dennis Church
Guided Nature Walk | Fall Equinox Birding
Saturday, September 23, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, or
Sunday, September 24, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, or
Saturday, September 30, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, or
Sunday, October 1, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

The arrival of autumn brings a noticeable increase in bird activity: songbirds are singing, hummingbirds are doing aerial displays, woodpeckers are drumming…all in response to the hours of day and night mimicking spring! Join Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez as we explore the natural phenomenon known as Autumnal Recrudescence.

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Pileated Woodpecker photo by Dennis Church
Elusive Artemis by Hannah Salia
Hannah Salia | Above and Below - Gallery Exhibit and Reception
Garry Oak Gallery
Seward Park Audubon Center
Sunday, September 24, 2023 through Saturday, December 23, 2023
Free


Artist Hannah Salia created 'Above and Below' to celebrate the forest, its natural beauty, and its power in inspiring the human imagination. The remarkable symbiosis between the magnificent trees above and the intricate mycelial networks in the ground below is the theme of this new collection of paintings and mixed media artworks.


The amazing variety of the firs, cedars, and maples, and the way the light plays through them has provided infinite inspiration for Hannah's paintings, and more recently, she has become interested in the ways the fungal networks in the soil work in tandem with the trees and each other to share necessary resources.  These interactive systems offer us a healthy model for interconnection, and they have offered new inspiration about how to articulate awe and joy in learning about these natural systems.

Please visit  Seward Park Audubon Center's Garry Oak Gallery to explore Hannah's works of mixed media that include the imperfect gods and goddesses of Greek myth as inspiration and sample the odes she has created to enhance the connection between iconic myth and the natural world.

Artist Reception
Sunday, September 24, 2023
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Free

Join us at the Seward Park Audubon Center as we celebrate 'Above and Below' with artist Hannah Salia. This is an opportunity to meet the artist and connect with Seward Park neighbors in a fun natural world atmosphere.
Elusive Artemis by Hannah Salia
Crow skull photo by CSeeby
Kelly Brenner Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World
Seward Park Amphitheater
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

Our landscape offers both the naturalist and the casual observer opportunities to study everything from giant trees to invertebrates to mushrooms to mammals. Through a variety of lenses, we grow in our appreciation and understanding of this important aspect of our lives that never ceases to provide wonder. 

Kelly Brenner is a Seattle-based naturalist, writer, and artist. Kelly’s work has afforded us a chance to deepen our connection to our treasured resource: the natural world that is close at hand. 

Join us at the Seward Park Amphitheater as Kelly helps us look at our urban forests and provide a glimpse into her latest book ‘The Naturalist at Home’.

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Crow skull photo by CSeeby
Ashwini Sadekar
Ashwini Sadekar | Hands-on Bird Drawing Workshop
Saturday, September 30, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required


Ashwini will be providing instruction on drawing birds at a free workshop, for adults and youth.

Discover the beauty of the avian world through the art of drawing at the Bird Drawing Workshop with Ashwini  Sadekar. During this workshop, Ashwini will deliver an immersive experience where you'll learn how to capture the lifelike essence of birds using pencil drawing and blending techniques.

Using taxidermy models of birds as our subjects you'll study intricate details up close. This workshop is tailored for all ages and experience levels. No prior drawing experience is necessary—just bring your enthusiasm and curiosity!

All materials will be provided as she employs specimens from the Center's taxidermy as models.

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Ashwini Sadekar
Andrews Bay Pilings photo by Travis
Meditation Nature Walk
Saturday, October 7, 2023
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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, a 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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Andrews Bay Pilings photo by Travis
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