What you'll do
The Puget Sound area has an incredible setting of beautiful waters surrounded by soaring mountain ranges. It’s a dynamic setting with habitats changing all of the time and different types of birds and wildlife showing up for all seasons of the year. We’ll meet at the Vashon north end ferry dock and also visit some of the Island's ponds and beaches. We well walk easy trails to enjoy the area’s prolific birds and wildlife. The focus will primarily involve birds, but marine mammals, other wildlife, and plant life may catch our attention as well. We’ll start each two or three hour walking tour with a discussion of the natural setting, what might be seen, and why at that time of year. I can tailor each experience to what you want to see whether it is a particular target species or to find as many species as possible in the time available. I will provide a checklist and bring a field guide for your reference. Trails will be easy and generally paved. Distances are one to three miles to provide ample time to enjoy each species we find. There are excellent opportunities for photographs. At the end, I will provide you with a written summary of what we saw.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
I am a Master Birder with a lifetime interest in the natural world. I have guided professional tours for the past 15 years, helping people interested in identifying birds by sight, sound, and habitat. I lead Audubon field trips and perform surveys for wildlife groups. I am also very knowledgeable about local plants, animals, geology, and history. I have written extensively about Pacific Northwest birds, their habitats, and behaviors. As Editor of the Washington Ornithological Society journal, I am well-connected within the birding community. I maintain extensive records of sightings. As an author, citizen scientist, and naturalist, specializing in the greater Pacific Northwest, I look forward to sharing my expertise with you! I am experienced in leading programs for elementary school children and differently-abled people.
Spotting Scope, Spare pair of binoculars, Field Guides, Species Checklist
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Where you'll be
Meet with the author of The Birds of Vashon Island for a tour of the Island’s incredible birdlife. The Island’s varied habitats host over 250 recorded bird species. Gorgeous views of brilliant Wood Ducks, magnificent Bald Eagles, and a wide variety of waterfowl and land birds are to be expected as we walk beaches, observe secluded ponds and examine the Island Center Forest.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Bring your binoculars, unless you want to borrow mine.
On booking, it is possible to negotiate a group price for the time period. The tour can be tailored to any experience level and to find any wished-for species to see that the participants ask for. Participants can ask for a list of potential species.
Birding Vashon Island