Mercer Island

Fall 2018 / Winter 2019

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Guide

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ADULT (206) 275-7609 21 Course: 3606 Day/Date: Tue, Jan 15 Time: Depart 6am, Return 7pm Fee: $86 Resident $103 General Yakima Canyon and Kittitas Prairies Nesting Prairie Falcons and Golden Eagles and other canyon creatures are prime subjects of today's birding quest in the spectacular canyons country south of Ellensburg. We'll bird the sage for Sagebrush Sparrows and Thrashers, bluebirds are back, and Great-horned Owls nesting in still leafless trees. Course: 3607 Day/Date: Thr, March 21 Time: Depart 6:00am, Return 6:00pm Fee: $82 Resident $98 General "OUTINGS AND ADVENTURES" DAY TRIPS & MORE! Join our fantastic tour guides on some fun and exciting Pacific Northwest adventures! For questions regarding accessibility, special accommodations, or transportation to the Mercer Island Community & Event Center please contact C.J. Stanford at (206) 275-7863. Mystery Trip! Yes that's right! Join us for our first ever Mystery Trip to an undisclosed destination. This day trip will include a 2.5 hour drive and won't disappoint! We will make surprise stops along the way. Lunch is included in fee. Course: 3436 Day/Date: Sat, Sep 15 Time: 7:30am – 5pm Fee: $60 + tax (Ticket Included) Departs From: Mercer Island Community & Event Center Tillicum Village Excursion Cruise to nearby Blake Island State Park to explore the 475-acre island! Eat a Northwest flavors-inspired meal and experience a Northwest Native American storytelling show. Don't forget your camera because the peek-a-boo views of Seattle and of Mount Rainier are spectacular! Fee includes transportation, performance and lunch. Course: 3437 Day/Date: Fri, Sep 28 Time: 10:30am – 5pm Fee: $99 + tax Departs From: Mercer Island Community & Event Center BIRDING TRIPS Trip leader Bob Sundstrom is the lead writer for the public radio program BirdNote (; has led birding and natural history tours (Victor Emanuel Nature Tours) for nearly three decades to many parts of the world; has served on the boards of nature and conservation organizations and on the Washington State Bird Records Committee; and is a co-author of The National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest. More info is available at registration. • All trips leave from the Mercer Island Community Center (call 206-275-7609 for directions). • Travel is by van • Please bring binoculars • Some walking or light hiking is involved in most trips • If special meal arrangements are not noted in trip description, please bring lunch and fluids • Registrants will receive a reminder/informational call a day or two before the trip Hawks, Fall Color, Back Roads Fall foliage should be vivid as we travel to a former hawk census mountain viewpoint. Diverse raptors are possible, especially accipiters. Other mountain bird's possible include Townsend's Solitaire and burn specialty woodpeckers. Birds of nearby valleys may include bluebirds, meadowlarks, dippers, and more birds of prey. Bakery stop too. Course: 3604 Day/Date: Thr, Oct 11 Time: Depart 6:30am, Return 6:00pm Fee: $82 Resident $98 General River Deltas South to North Winter's wealth of raptors and waterfowl are on display across the river mouth lowlands from Port Susan Bay to Padilla Bay. We'll look for falcons, Rough-legged Hawks, Short-eared Owls, eagles and shrikes, as well as gatherings of wintering swans and vast flocks of Snow Geese. Bakery stop too. Course: 3605 Day/Date: Tue, Dec 4 Time: Depart 6:30am, Return 6:00pm Fee: $82 Resident $98 General Reifel Sanctuary & Boundary Bay Reifel in winter often hosts petite Northern Saw-whet Owls on day roosts, among many other birds: very tame Sandhill Cranes, falcons, Wood Ducks, rails, shorebirds and lots of songbirds. Boundary Bay nearby features legions of eagles, hawks, Short-eared and—some winters—Snowy Owls. Bring passports. Fee includes sanctuary admission.

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