Field Trip 2 - Montlake Fill
Urban Horticulture beginning of trail to Montlake fill
Meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture, east of University Village. This field trip will spend 2-3 hours wandering the trails looking for birds, and listening to their calls.
Address: 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195
Center for Urban Horticulture
The "fill" is a former landfill located in the heart of northeast Seattle on the banks of Lake Washington. It was built on a peat marsh created when Lake Washington was lowered in the early 1900s. When the landfill closed in 1966, the city capped the garbage with clay, covered by a thin layer of soil. Over the years, the land has settled into gentle hills and valleys landscaped into grasslands, with riparian vegetation and marshes.
Union Bay Natural Area is noted for its micro-habitats, which attract a huge diversity of resident and migratory birds. Some 200 species have been seen here over the years. The best feature about this area is that the birds quickly become accustomed to people and allow birders to approach closely.
Don't forget to bring binoculars and your field guide and any bird guide or app you have.
This is no longer open for registration