Archive for December, 2010


Please join Master Birder and author Connie Sidles on a bird walk through Yesler Swamp!

  • Date:   Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Time: 2:30 to 3:30 for the walk; 3:30 to 5:00 for soup and cider
  • Place: Meet in the east parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st, Seattle (free parking)
  • Bring: Binoculars; dress for the weather

The bird walk will begin at 2:30 and end with hot soup and cider  at the home of Carol Arnold and Jim Compton at 3:30.  Meet at the parking lot on the east side of Union Bay Natural Area on the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture campus.

Adults and older children (age 10 and up) will enjoy exploring the secret places of the swamp. Yesler Swamp is a little slice of the wild on the east side of Union Bay Natural Area on the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture campus. The swamp is home to a variety of woodpeckers, wrens, hummingbirds, ducks, grebes, and sometimes even wild swans.

Come along with Connie as she takes you on a storybook journey through one of the premier birding spots in the city. “There were large flocks of Pine Siskins there yesterday,” she reports, “and flyover Evening Grosbeaks. The Bufflehead males are displaying for the females, ratcheting their heads up and down like rubber duckies with head-springs. A resident Sharp-shinned Hawk gets into daily fights with its larger cousin, the Cooper’s Hawks, and the Bald Eagles who are nesting at nearby Talaris have started flying overhead with giant branches clutches in their claws. It’s a lively scene.”

Connie is a long-time master birder and member of the board of directors for Seattle Audubon Society. She has birded Yesler Swamp for 25 years and has written a book about it and the adjoining natural area,
entitled “In My Nature: A Birder’s Year at the Montlake Fill.” Connie will be available during the soup and cider party to sign books.

The birds are out – rain or shine – so dress for the weather. Be sure to bring binoculars and wear mud boots!

A male Bufflehead displays his red feet and impeccable form for his
mate in Yesler Swamp. Photograph courtesy Doug Parrott.


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In preparation for the 2PM bird and nature walk on Sunday January 2nd, we need to repair the head of the trail which is partially washed out due to our recent record rains. We need to temporarily fix this portion of the trail with gravel and chips available in the nearby bins. Please bring a wheelbarrow, shovel and rake and join us this Saturday at the trail entrance at the eastern edge of the Center for Urban Horticulture parking lot. Later in January the Center will make a new trail head which will be contoured to the slope and ADA accessible.

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New Page: Request for Proposals

If you are a new visitor to the site, welcome!

You can view the RFP for the planning, permitting and designing of trails and wildlife viewing platform in Yesler Swamp by clicking on the tab at the top of this page.

Or, you can get there by following this link: Request for Proposals

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The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has awarded Friends of Yesler Swamp fund to design and begin the permitting process for an all-weather, sustainable walkway through Yesler Swamp. The trail will be designed to protect the habitat of resident eagles, nesting waterfowl, beaver, salmon and many other native birds and animals.

We will announce community meetings early next year. Please join us to share your ideas and help plan the Yesler Swamp trail!

Meanwhile, please visit Yesler Swamp and enjoy the wood chip trail laid by our hard-working volunteers.

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