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Juanita Bay Park is 5 minutes from downtown Kirkland and you can see eagles

Juanita Bay Park Wildlife

A Walking Tour of Juanita Bay Park

This 110-acre refuge has become the habitat for songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, amphibians, turtles, beavers, and other small mammals.  I’ve even seen bald eagles perched in the same tall conifers near the end of the west boardwalk.  Interpretive signs are located throughout the park for self-guided tours. Juanita Bay Park features paved trails and several boardwalks. Accessible…this is a twenty minute bike ride from downtown Kirkland, just five minutes off of I-405, or a five minute walk from the 255 bus stop.

INTERPRETIVE TOUR INFORMATION

Interpretive tours of the wildlife habitat are conducted by volunteer Park Rangers on the first Sunday of each month (excluding holiday weekends), beginning at 1:00 PM, in the parking lot. The tour lasts approximately one hour and is held rain or shine.  Bring binoculars.  No registration is required.  You can also come on your own any time to visit the abundance of wildlife that fills these 110 acres of preserved wetlands and marshes.  The park offers extraordinary views of Forbes Creek Wetland, Juanita Beach, and Juanita Bay.

Come and join Eastside Audubon for a birding walk in this lovely park on the shores of Lake Washington. Led by a Juanita Bay Park Ranger who is also a member of Eastside Audubon, the walk is at a relaxed pace. These walks take place on the third Tuesday of every month.  The start at 9 AM October through March and at 8 AM April through September, and end by noon. Bring binoculars and meet in the parking lot. The walk is open to beginning birders, and anyone who just wants to take a pleasant walk. There is no fee.

BIRDS YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO SEE

Birds Commonly Seen: Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Merganser, Common Loon, Grebes, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Western and Least Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe; Mew, Ring-billed, California and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Caspian Tern, Band-tailed Pigeon, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Black and Vaux’s Swifts, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds, Belted Kingfisher, many woodpeckers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, and many more.

DIRECTIONS

From I-405 South, take the NE 124th Street exit (exit 20) and turn right onto NE 124th Street. Turn left onto 100th Avenue NE which becomes 98th Avenue NE which becomes Market Street. End at 2201 Market Street, Kirkland. From I-405 North, take the NE 116th Street exit (exit 20A) and turn left onto NE 116th Street. Turn left onto 98th Avenue NE which becomes Market Street. End at 2201 Market Street, Kirkland.  You can use Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market St., Kirkland to obtain Mapquest directions.  Click the Kirkland city site which provides additional information.

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