Seward Park Audubon Center
NEWSLETTER February 22, 2024
Chestnut Back Chickadee photo by Mick Thompson
 White Crowned Sparrow's Nest photo by NPS/Jacob W. Frank
Home Sweet Home
Did you know that early nesting season is upon us? Yes, late February is when many of our resident bird species respond to the ever-lengthening days and warming sun by engaging in courtship rituals, nest building, and egg-laying. In our area, the “Early Nesting Season” lasts until mid-April. Birds that can be observed preparing for new families include our Anna’s hummingbirds, Bewick’s and pacific wrens, song sparrows and dark-eyed juncos, chickadees and nuthatches, and spotted towhees. Keep your eyes open for these songbirds moving with a purpose carrying nesting material in their beaks…maybe in your yard or neighborhood!
White Crowned Sparrow's Nest photo by NPS/Jacob W. Frank
Pileated Woodpecker photo by Jerry McFarland
Summer Camp Registration is Filling Quickly!
Summer camp registration is open, but slots are filling fast. Our campers explore the natural world found in Seward Park. Located in the Rainier Valley, spans 277 acres including the city's largest stand of old-growth trees and 2.5 miles of shoreline. The ancient forest and shores provide learning opportunities on birds, art, native plants, wilderness skills, or just playing and having adventures!  Each week, we spend five days exploring woodland trails, discovering wildlife, creating art, and building friendships.

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Pileated Woodpecker photo by Jerry McFarland
Bufflehead photo by Mick Thompson
The Early Bird
Saturday, February 24, 2024
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM, or
Saturday, March 2, 2024
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. 

Guests should be prepared to walk up to 2.5 miles. Our course may take the group up hills and the condition of the paths will reflect relevant weather conditions. Please dress accordingly. 

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Bufflehead photo by Mick Thompson
Andrews Bay Pilings photo by Travis
Meditation Nature Walk
Saturday, February 24, 2024
11:00AM - 1:00PM
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
Photo by Rick Gordon
Guided Nature Walk | Geology of Seward Park
Saturday, February 24, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

Ever wondered where the Seattle Fault runs through Seattle?  When it last ruptured and when it might again?  Join lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez as we examine the nature of the Seattle Fault zone and the impact it had right here in Seward Park.  From uplifted scarps to ghost forests, the causes and effects of this geologic feature in the heart of our city will be explored.

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Photo by Rick Gordon
Osoberry photo by Sanseverino
Guided Nature Walk | Buds & Blooms
Sunday, March 3, 2024
1:00 - 3:30PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

In our region, new colors and fragrances are starting to arrive.  Leaf and flower buds have been swelling for weeks in preparation for the arrival of spring.  Plants are attracting pollinators with bright hues, distinctive patterns, and aromatic scents.  Trees and shrubs have swelling buds that will soon pop open with new leaves reaching out to meet the sun.  Join Lead Naturalist Ed Dominguez as we discover this new life of buds and blooms exploding all around us.

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Osoberry photo by Sanseverino
Dance Builders
Kids Workshop | Dance Builders
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Free
Advance Registration Required

Dance Builders is a fun, interactive, workshop for kids ages 5-10 to explore creating stories with movement. 

Company members from the upcoming show Vulture Sister Song will perform an excerpt from the show, and then lead kids in engaging games and exercises exploring their own connections with birds and other more-than-human creatures. Kids will then create their own dances or scenes through creative movement, storytelling, and live music. Together participants will practice listening with all their senses, shaping bodies and words in new ways, and sharing leadership in playful collaboration. No dance experience required!

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Dance Builders
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Seward Park Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118
206-652-2444 | Seward Park website

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