Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Stillwater Natural Area

This is a Naturalist hike for current students in the Study of the Natural World class. There will be a lot of stopping to look at birds, plants, and maybe butterflies. 7:30 AM-10:30 AM

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Pace: slow with frequent stops for birding and botanizing

 Meet 7:30 AM at the  Stillwater Natural Area trailhead parking lot. The trailhead is a quarter mile west of the Stillwater Store on the Carnation Duvall Road (State Road 203).  Heading east along 203, just where the guardrail ends before coming to a small house and then the store is the driveway on the right into the parking lot. A Discovery Pass is Required.  We'll finish at 10:30 AM back at the parking lot.

Carpooling is encouraged. In keeping with the Mountaineers policy the trip leaders will not be organizing carpools, but you may reach out to each other to organize carpools. Here's the link:

NOTE: There are no restroom facilities at Stillwater. One could stop at a Safeway going through Duvall. There is a portapotty at the Stillwater Store.

  1. We will bird along the dike at the Stillwater Unit of the Snoqualamie Wildlife Area looking for birds mostly and maybe a few plants, may walk along the dirt road out to the edge of the river and back if the Bank Swallows are back. There is the possibility for a little mud depending on the rains.
  2. Getting There: Take Lake City Way (SR 522) north through Bothell and exit on NE 195thStreet in Woodinville. Follow NE Woodinville Duvall Road to Duval (11 miles), turn right on Main Street in Duval (SR 203 S) and head east for 4.6 miles.

We'll be looking for common species and searching for spring migrants and birds beginning to set up territories.  The odds are good for seeing the following birds, you may want to look them up on-line or in a guide to acquaint yourself with their general appearance, or not.

American Goldfinch

American Bittern

Bullocks Oriole

Common Yellow-throat

Tree Swallow

Bank Swallow

Wood Duck

Yellow-rumped warbler


Red-breasted Sapsucker

Black-headed Grosbeak


Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

 Bring Binoculars,  and telescopes if you have one.  We live in the PNW, rain gear always a good idea. Hiking boots recommended although the trails are pretty smooth.

Bird apps or a field guides you like will be helpful.

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