[Tweeters] My upcoming owl and other nature hikes for Seattle Parks

Stewart Wechsler ecostewart at quidnunc.net
Mon Dec 10 15:20:39 PST 2007


I've had requests to continue posting my owl walks and other nature
programs. Contact me if you want to be on my notification list separate
from Tweeters.

Here goes:

Below are my program offerings with the Seattle Parks Department for
December to March 15th incuding an additional owl hoot at Schmitz Park for
Sunday, Dec 23rd 4 - 6 pm - not in the brochure or on line. Also note the
bird walk on March 15th at Camp Long. I have it in a word doc I can send on
request.
Contact me at my personal contact number or e-mail below if you are
interested in me putting together similar programs for groups on request.

Stewart Wechsler
Ecological Consulting
West Seattle
206 932-7225
ecostewart at quidnunc.net

-Advice on the most site-appropriate native plants
and how to enhance habitat for the maximum diversity
of plants and animals
-Educational programs, nature walks and field trips
-Botanical Surveys


Stewart Wechsler’s Camp Long (Seattle Parks) Winter (2007 -) 2008 Programs
Camp Long http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/environment/camplong.htm
5200 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
All programs require pre-registration. Register by calling (206) 684-7434
ahead of time
(or register on line at the above website).


SOLSTICE FOREST WALK - Lincoln Park - Sat Dec 22 - 2 pm - 4 pm (in Fall
Brochure)
Lincoln Park may have the greatest diversity of native plants of any park in
Seattle learn their stories and identification in winter and learn about the
weeds that are trying to overtake them. If we’re lucky we might get a
daytime owl preview in its perch with possible rat skull pellets below. We’
ll also check under some logs for beetles, slugs and salamanders. All ages
will learn, be fascinated and engaged. Program # 21024 Fee: $8

OWL PROWL - Lincoln Park - Sat., Dec 22 - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (in Fall
Brochure)
Help us listen for the toots of a possible Screech Owl and the likely hoots
and possible screams of the Barred Owl. We’ll look for the regurgitated fur
or feather and bone ball pellets and try to identify the contents. We’ll
learn the stories of our owls and hear how to hoot. All ages will be
fascinated and engaged. . Program # 21009
Fee: Adult $8, Child $6

SOLSTICE BEACH WALK - Mee Kwa Mooks Park Sat., Dec 22 - 8 pm - 10 pm (Fall
Brochure)
Both adults and kids always love to see sea creatures when the tidal
blankets are removed. See sea stars and maybe their cucumber cousins. We
might see naked nudi-branchs, clothed crabs and armored chitons and if we
are lucky maybe a little giant octopus. The tide will be extra low at -3.4’
at 9:23pm. Dress warmly, wear shoes for slippery surfaces and bring a
flashlight.
Call Camp Long at (206) 684-7434 for directions. Program # 21028 Fee $8

Owl Prowl - Schmitz Park - Sun., Dec 23 -
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (this program is not in the brochure or on line, but was
added when the Dec 22 owl hike filled up)
Help us listen for the toots of a possible Screech Owl and the likely hoots
and possible screams of the Barred Owl. Who knows? We could hear the hoots
of a Horned Owl too. We’ll look for the regurgitated fur or feather and
bone ball pellets and try to identify the contents. We’ll learn the stories
of our owls and hear how to hoot. All ages will be fascinated and engaged.
Fee: Adult $8, Child $6


WINTER WOODLAND WALKS - Camp Long 1/19/08 and 2/9/08
Learn the stories of the native and alien plants and how to identify them in
winter. Visit with our winter birds from siskins to possible Pileated
Woodpeckers and maybe a Merlin. Check under logs for salamanders, spiders,
slugs and centipedes. A quick poke in the pond might produce a Northwestern
Salamander or a juvenile dragonfly. Audiences of all ages and levels will
find it fascinating and learn without getting lost.
Please register by the day before the program.
All Ages
Fees: Adult Fee $8, Child Fee $6
Program #24164 Sat, January 19th 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Program #24165 Sat., February 9th 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.




NIGHTTIME AT THE BEACH - Mee Kwa Mooks Park (West Seattle) Saturday,
1/19/08
Both kids and adults always love to see sea creatures when the tidal
blankets are removed. See sea stars and maybe their cucumber cousins, crabs
and chitons. We might see naked nudi-branchs and if we are lucky maybe a
little giant octopus. Enjoy a low -2.7’ low tide! Dress warmly and bring a
flashlight. Call Camp Long at (206) 684-7434 for directions.
Please register before the program.
Program #24159 Saturday, January 19th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
All ages welcome, but must be able to walk on slippery seaweed.
Fee: $8 per person

OWL HOOTS AT CAMP LONG 2/9/08, 2/16/08, 3/15/08
Join us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long’s woodland. Early
winter is courtship time! Giving a hoot might get a holler or scream
response. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Call Camp Long at (206) 684-7434 for
directions. Please register early to reserve a space - owl walks are
popular.
All ages welcome.
Fees: $8 for adults and $6 for children.
Program #24155 Sat February 9 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Program #24156 Sat February 16 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Program #24220 Sat March 15 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

SALAMANDER LOVE NIGHT - Camp Long 2/16/08
Did you know that our two local mole salamander species mate and lay eggs
right around Valentine’s Day? Come with us to look for these long-toed
lovers, their Northwest friends, and the eggs in their watery bedrooms.
Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. A short hike in the woods may
produce plethodon (lungless) salamanders -
Red-backed and Ensatina Please register in advance.
Ages 6 and older
$8 per person
Program #24162 Sat, February 16th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

EARLY BIRD WALK - Camp Long Sat, 3/15/08
Learn birding strategies and tips from an expert birder. Yellow-rumped
Warblers are now migrating. Will the Winter Wrens be singing their
intricate spring songs? Beginners especially welcome, but all levels are
invited. Adult oriented, but kids welcome.
Program #24157 Sat., March 15th 8:30 - 10:30 am

EARLY SPRING NATIVE PLANT WALK Camp Long Sat, March 15, 2008 (O.K.,
Technically Late Winter)
Learn plant stories and identification tips from a local wild plant expert.
The first spring wildflowers should be blooming and others sprouting. Adult
oriented, but kids welcome!
Ages 6 and older
$8 per person
Program #24158 Sat, March 15th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

SALAMANDER SEARCH - Camp Long - Saturday, March, 15, 2008
Join us for a search in the pond and under logs in the woods for both our
Long-toed and Northwestern Salamanders and Red-backed and Ensatina
salamanders. Beetles, slugs and other critters will be found too!
All ages
$8 per person
Program #24163 Sat, March 15th 1:30 - 3:00 pm

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