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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
C Warneke Allyn Anytime English, German
We are close to Theler Wetlands at the south end of Hood Canal as well as close to Case Inlet, the westernmost arm of Puget Sound. The Olympic Peninsula is north and west. There is an Audubon birding trail map for the Olympic Loop with 54 sites listed. We are a ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle.
M Willison Auburn Weekend English
M Carpenter Bellevue Anytime English
R Riedl Bellevue Anytime English, French, Spanish
I am an advanced birder and am happy to take visiting birders throughout the state or recommend areas to visit for specific species.
B Flor Bellevue Anytime English
Member of Nature Conservancy and Audubon, part-time birder in Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound Region. The area has about 200 species.
S Aronoff Bellingham Anytime English, French, Spanish
D Hancock Blaine Anytime English
V Biltz Bonney Lake Anytime English
Have done numerous surveys in the past, with a focus on bird calls, a bit rusty, but very willing to help someone out, and take places, when I am available. NOT on weekends, ever.
C Webb Cle Elum Weekend English
Kittitas county has habitat from alpine forest to desert shrub steppe, so it has a wide variety of birds. I am avid birder and photographer.
L Falb Deer Harbor, San Juan Islands Anytime English
H Barbour Deer Harbor, San Juan Islands Anytime English
I live on Orcas Island in the San Juan Group, we have a mix of terrestrial, shoreline, water and pelagic species. I am by no means an expert birder, but I have been at it for 50 + years.
S Koon Edmonds Anytime English, some Spanish
There are a number of small wetland/bird watching parks in Edmonds as well as the puget sound that is right here. I love watching birds but have never gone on any organized birding trips. I would love to learn more about birds!
H Feddern Federal Way Anytime English, German
I have been birding since childhood and now lived in the Seattle area for 20 years. Mainly bird Western Washington, including Pacific Coast, but also bird Eastern Washington and Oregon. Being retired I am normally available anytime.
R Nelson Fircrest/Tacoma Weekend English
L Parshall Gig Harbor Weekend English
Interested in birds, nature and wildlife. Living in the Greater Puget Sound area, there is a lot of access to both fresh and saltwater habitats. Theler Wetlands is 10 miles from my home and Nisqually Wildlife Refuge is a 45 minute drive. Many of the local Audubon chapters have weekly walks in good areas for a broad range of birding skill levels. And, the local listserv, Tweeters, moderated through the Burke Museum provides daily alerts and information about sightings.
B Qualheim Gig Harbor Anytime English
C Sandstrom Kent Anytime English
M Johnston Kent Anytime English
Washington State hosts a wide variety of habitats that together provide exceptional birding opportunities throughout the year. I have led birding trips for Seattle Audubon and the Sierra Club for years and particularly enjoy showing folks from out of state or other countries what Washington has to offer. I'm available most days for trips in King and Kittitas Counties. I'm also open to considering other areas or searches for specific species on a case by case basis.
M Hobbs Kirkland Anytime English
B Hansen Lyle Anytime English, Spanish
N Gayle Montesano, Westport Weekend English
T Schooley Olympia Anytime English
C McIntyre Olympia Anytime English
I am a new bird enthusiast, meaning I enjoy looking and watching, but am not totally driven to figure out exactly what I am looking at (altho I try). I particularly enjoy the birds at my feeder (Downy Woodpecker, Flicker, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Townsend Warbler, Goldfinch, Hummers, to name a few), and also the Sandhill Crane and Snow Geese that migrate along the west coast. Oh, yes, and the Great Blue Herons that hang out down by the lake. I've been doing some travelling lately, so I'm not always here, but generally available by e-mail. Olympia is located at the southern tip of Puget sound, lots of water, lots of nature easily available. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge is about 10 miles north; most of the trails have recently been closed as they put the finishing touches on reclaiming the salt marsh. I take a camera everywhere and occasionally catch a good shot!
P Burns Olympia. Winter only Anytime English, Norwegian
My husband and I love to bird. There are several great places to see birds between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Our favorite places to bird are Nisqually NWR north of Olympia andvsp@spvMalheur NWR near Burns, OR which is quite a drive from our house, but would be willing to take someone birding in that area if we could work it into our schedule. We also have had over 70 species in our backyard over the years, as I am insane in my love for feeding the birds.
W Hatfield Olympia. Anytime English
Nisqually Refuge is my favorite place to bird. I am not an expert, but am learning and always carry my field guide. I work graveyard and am always ready to go in the morning.
J Grettenberger Olympia. Anytime English, Spanish, French
I am close to a variety of habitats in Olympia, ranging from prairies to marine and mountains, but I'm willing to go farther afield. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, which is particularly good for waterbirds, is also nearby. I am more likely to be available during the week.
K Wood Orcas Island Anytime English
I live next to the Frank Richardson Wildfowl Refuge, on Orcas Island. This intact ecosystem has good populations of many of the lowland NorthWest species. There are also opportunities for arranging boat trips for local and migratory seabirds in the San Juan Islands.
B Man Port Townsend Anytime English, Francais
Beautiful location right on the water, with shore birds, raptors, many LBJ's, too.
K Nelson Pu Anytime English
I bird Steptoe Butte, Steptoe Canyon and Pullman. The Palouse, much more notorious for its landscapes than birds. We have a nearby arboretum at the University of Idaho, and a bountiful number of Red-tailed Hawks throughout the wheat fields of the Palouse.
G Hendrickson Redmond Anytime English
G Oliver Redmon Weekend English
Seattle Washing and surrounding area. Winter is good for large variety of waterfowl which winter here. Spring and fall are best for migrants and larger number of species. August is particularly slow; so going up to higher elevation to look for those speciality species is best in August.
K Hansen Renton Anytime English, Norwegian
I work various shifts, but prefer to do my birding on week-days. Maybe you are here in the Seattle area for business and would like to get out for some birding between work. That is what I do when I travel, so I'd love to be able to reciprocate. Intermediate to advanced is my level, but any level is welcome.
P Mann Seattle Anytime English
M Wagenbach Seattle Anytime English
R Lawson Seattle Anytime English, minimal Spanish, French
I live in Seattle, but will take birders on trips all over the state.
C Alexander Seattle Anytime English
G Irving Seattle Anytime English
J Flynn Seattle Anytime English, French, Spanish
C Jobe Seattle area & Camano Island Weekend English, Spanish, American Sign Language
My fiance and I would like to connect with other people who enjoy birding in our local area, and also to possibly find people to bird with when we travel (which is mostly within the contiguous U.S. for now until his daughters are grown).
M Flint Seattle Weekends English
J Bryant Seattle Anytime English, workable Spanish, learning Italian
Fall and winter are the worst seasons for weather, but the best for birding here. Come then for gulls, waterfowl and shorebirds, including a decent chance of Siberian rarities. I can show you a range of fresh- and saltwater habitats, deciduous/coniferous/mixed woodland, and small patches of prairie-type habitat, all in the Seattle metro area. Probably not available for longer trips, but happy to advise on sweet spots for some of our specialties, like all of Washington's Picoides woodpeckers.
D Mustin Seattle Anytime English, Spanish
Intermediate birder, retired physician. I like to visit many WA state habitats - coast, sound, mountains, central shrub-steppe.
D Cook Seattle Weekend English
As an intermediate skilled birder I bird a variety of habitats near Seattle.
S Thompson Seattle Anytime English, some French
Available anytime (depending on my work schedule, which is variable). Many good birding areas right in the city of Seattle and more in the surrounding region. Winter is especially good for raptors, snow geese, swans, ducks & sea birds. We're happy to give you recommendations on where to go and possibly go with you if schedules work out.
C Riddell Seattle Anytime English, Spanish
I live near Puget Sound, a major body of inland marine water and most frequently bird the Sound and Western Washington.
D McVay Seattle Anytime English
We are retired biology educators living on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle and on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. We enjoy meeting other birdingpals and showing them some of the birding sites in the Seattle area and in the islands. Don and Sandi McVay.
M Cassidy Seattle Anytime English
I have been birding all my life. Have lived in Washington for 30 years. Am familiar with both eastern washington and western washington areas. Am not a professional guide. I have a great scope, bins, and all the relevant birding field guides avaiable for day trips. Pack light, bring your bins, and lets explore.
P Baker Sedro-Woolley Anytime English
Near the Skagit Flats in the Skagit Valley well known for birding in Winter. Due to large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds many raptors also congregate. Further upriver is known for the Bald Eagle winter population. We own a small organic farm that has nice habitat for warblers.
G Bletsch Sedro-Woolley Weekend English
C Johnson Sequim Anytime English
I live at Diamond Point with the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge two miles offshore
R Raine Shoreline Weekend English
Keen Photographer.
T Minutolo Spokane Anytime English
P Girres Tacoma Weekend English
F McAdams Tacoma Anytime English, some French
Pierce county has a wide range of habitats, including the estuary & tidal flats of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, inlets & beaches of Puget Sound, and the mountain streams and meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park. I enjoy birding throughout the state, including eastern Washington, and know a variety of good birding spots. My work schedule is flexible and I often have free time during the week, or can accommodate visitor schedules with enough time to trade days with co-workers if needed.
S Markowitz Tacoma/Seattle/Gig Harbor Weekend English, limited Spanish, Japanese
I am a teacher, so I am available weekends from September through June, with wider availability during the summer months. Tacoma has a varied habitat, with ducks being the highlight in the winter. I am a regular at Nisqually NWR, which is productive for ducks, bald eagles, and two species of chickadee. There are many other species, including owls, bitterns, and Perigrine falcons. Lots of other species in varied habitat, from Mount Rainier (Grey Jay, Grey-crowned Rosie-Finches) to the Olympic Peninsula (Chestnut-backed Chicadee, singing Swainson's Thrush) in season. I'm sure you've done your research. Expect a day of birding fun, with an emphasis on actually watching the species we find. So much is learned (and remembered) about species with which we've spent time. Birding by ear is a part of how I play the game, and the forests here are thick. Let's enjoy a day of birding!
V McClelland Vancouver Anytime English
L Craig Vancouver Anytime English
C Howard Walla Walla Anytime English
B Barchenger Freeland/Whidbey Island Anytime English
Retired to Whidbey Island 11 years ago. Audubon member, amateur bird photographer. I photograph Eagles, many Hawks, Ducks, Sea Birds, Osprey, Owls etc. We can see many of these most times of the year.
D Granstrand Yakima Weekend English
Yakima County, WA, has many wonderful birding areas. If I can't make it for a day, I can provide information on the best places to visit.


Professional Guides

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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
C Wilcox Port Angeles Anytime English, Spanish
My connection to the natural world was enthusiastically brought to a new level by Carolyn Wilcox. She embodies a great combination of conscience traits for a naturalist guide: great knowledge level and organizational skills; a desire to continue to learn; and she made great efforts to ensure I was comfortable while we searched out my target birds. - Jan Wilson, CA

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Washington
Local weather Yahoo
Audubon Washington Club
Washington Ornithological Society Club
Admiralty Audubon Society Club
Black Hills Audubon Society Club
Blue Mountain Audubon Society Club
Central Basin Audubon Society Club
Eastside Audubon Club
Grays Harbor Audubon Society Club
Kitsap Audubon Society Club
Kittitas Audubon Society Club
Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Club
North Cascades Audubon Society Club
North Central Washington Audubon Society Club
Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society Club
Palouse Audubon Society Club
Pilchuck Audubon Society Club
Rainier Audubon Society Club
San Juan Islands Audubon Society Club
Seattle Audubon Society Club
Skagit Audubon Society Club
Spokane Audubon Society Club
Tahoma Audubon Society Club
Vancouver Audubon Society Club
Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society Club
Whidbey Audubon Society Club
Willapa Hills Audubon Society Club
Yakima Valley Audubon Society Club
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Festival
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Festival
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Festival
University of Washington's Tweeters Latest Sights
BirdYak Listserv
Dungeness River Audubon Center Sites
BirdWeb Sites
Birds and birding in the Pacific Northwest Sites
Bob Hansen's Birding Klickita County Sites
Michael Hobbs's Marymoor Park, Lake Sammamish Sites
Westport Pelagic
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 05/03/2014