Conservation groups join for estuary spring bird walk

Staff reportMay 4, 2014 

Two Olympia-area conservation groups are hosting the first Deschutes Estuary Spring Bird Walk on Saturday. The event will coincide with International Migratory Bird Day.

Participants will have the chance to hear and see songbirds that just returned from Mexico, Central America and South America. These birds will nest in the Deschutes River estuary from Tumwater Falls and Historical Park to Percival Cove.

There will be opportunities to listen for yellow warbler, warbling vireo, Western tanager and rufous hummingbird, see birds such as the American Dipper looking for food in the Deschutes River and belted kingfishers fishing along the shore. One might see water birds such as ring-necked and wood ducks, as well as bald eagle and osprey.

There also will be discussion of the estuary restoration efforts that will enhance the area, a stop on the Audubon Society’s “Great Washington State Birding Trail — Olympic Loop” map.

Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at Tumwater Historical Park, 777 Simmons Road, just off Deschutes Parkway, Tumwater.

The event is cosponsored by Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team and the Black Hills Audubon Society.

For more information, contact Dani Madrone of the estuary restoration team at olydert@gmail.com or 360-485-6683, or Deb Nickerson of the Audubon chapter at debranick@gmail.com or 360-754-5397.

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