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Upcoming walks in the South Sound are ideal for beginning birders

Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place will be the location for a beginning birders walk Dec. 12.
Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place will be the location for a beginning birders walk Dec. 12. Staff file, 2013

There will be two birding opportunities that are well-suited for beginners taking place in the South Sound in the coming weeks.

Tahoma Audubon Society is offering a beginning bird walk for families Dec. 12.

Part of the Audubon chapter’s family programs, the walk is ideal for beginners but also a good opportunity for intermediate birders.

Gravel trails at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park provide an easy, short loop that is accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.

This is a walk that has much more stopping, looking, and listening than walking to find birds, according to Audubon staff. The walk will be led by volunteers Rosanne Becker and/or Russ Smith.

After the walk, the Audubon Center will be open.

Participants should bring binoculars, although there will be some that can be borrowed.

The walk is open to all ages. It might be canceled in case of heavy rain or wind.

The free walk will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park, 2917 Morrison Road W., University Place.

Register for the walk by calling the Tacoma Nature Center at 253-591-6439.

On Dec. 18, Burt Guttman will lead his annual quest for winter birds in downtown Olympia.

Guttman said the trip is especially oriented toward beginner birders, but all interested folks can take part.

This free walk will be from 9 a.m.-noon at Marathon Park off Deschutes Parkway in Olympia.

Participants should meet at Marathon Park at Capital Lake. They should dress for the weather, and bring their own binoculars, water and snacks if desired. Depending on where the birds are, the walk often includes Tumwater Historical Park and Percival Cove and sometimes visits to lower Budd Inlet.

For more information, contact Guttman at GuttmanB@evergreen.edu.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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