Free, family friendly events to celebrate migratory birds

Spring is a busy time for birds. They’re migrating to their summer homes or busy building nests. This makes it a great time to get in some bird watching. They’re likely to be very active, and you may spot some species you won’t see the rest of the year.

On Saturday, May 10, the Pilchuck Audubon Society has a number of events planned for International Migratory Bird Day. The events are all free and families are welcome.

Here’s what’s planned.

8 a.m. Daylong field trip to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at 8 a.m. near the transit facility at the back of the Everett Mall parking lot. Bring binoculars and snacks and dress for the weather. There will be lots of walking on flat trails and boardwalks. Lunch stop on the way home. Leader is Terry Nightingale.

9 to 11 a.m. Four bird walks are planned. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

  • Corson Wildlife Refuge, 10114 54th Place NE, Lake Stevens. Parking is on private driveway. The access to this refuge is restricted. This is an opportunity to explore a hidden gem with leader Al Elliott.
  • Edmonds Marsh: Meet at the viewing platform next to Blue Collar Dog House, 180 W. Dayton St., Edmonds. Leader Bill Anderson knows the marsh like no one else.
  • Spencer Island, Everett: Follow Smith Road past Langus Riverfront Park, under I-5 and past the Everett Water Treatment Plant. When the road turns to gravel, watch for small parking lot on right. This area is known for its great birding. Leader is Virginia Clark.
  • North Creek Park: Meet in the parking lot at 1011 183rd St. SE in Mill Creek. This is a productive wetland within an urban center. Leader is Christine Dubois.

1 to 3 p.m. Build saw-whet and screech owl nest boxes to be hung in local parks. Families are encouraged to attend. Monitoring of nest boxes will be discussed. Donations welcome to offset the cost of materials. Event is at Willow Creek Demo Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds.

8 to 9 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch Vaux’s swifts enter their chimney roost at dusk. Binoculars are recommended. A docent will be available. Event is at 639 W. Main St., Monroe.

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