Field Trips

What Are Birding Field Trips?

We travel to locations which are known for their numbers and diversity of birds so that our trip participants can have a great day of birdwatching.  Some locations have good birdwatching all year; some are seasonal. We schedule our trips at the best time of year to maximize the number of birds we see and we always hope to see rarities.

Where Can I See Upcoming Field Trips?

Below are some upcoming field trips. For our full list of trips, visit our calendar found here.

What Types of Trips Do We Schedule?

We usually schedule 3-5 birding field trips each month.  All levels of birders are welcome, from beginners to experts.  Trips include morning only trips, full day trips, overnight trips and even one six-day trip. 

The Monday Morning Hotspots trip is always on the 4th Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.Trips for the first-time birder which comprise of birding instruction in topics such as birding ethics, bird identification and binocular usage with a birding field trip at local locations.Full day trips range from Olympic coast to Eastern Washington and north to the Skagit Valley and up to Bellingham. Day trips are most frequently on Saturdays, but also include weekdays.Overnight trips include SW Washington, Ridgefield NWR, Julia Butler Hansen NWR and Vancouver, WA. The trip to Vancouver, BC and Reifel Migratory Bird Refuge also is an overnight trip.Our six day trip is to the Malheur NWR in SE Oregon, south of Burns.

Photo: Great Blue Herons, by Mick Thompson

Photo: Great Blue Herons, by Mick Thompson


What Do We Do On Our Trips?

Birding field trips usually involve driving on area roads - with stops along the road to look at birds with binoculars or spotting scopes. The trip leader often sets up a spotting scope for beginning birders to get "up close" to the birds.  Some stops may involve walking - from just a short distance up to one mile. 

After the Trips

After each birding field trip, a list of the birds seen and/or heard is usually emailed to each of the people on the trip. The leader writes up a Field Trip Highlights report which is posted on the Eastside Audubon web site. This report may include two or more photos taken on the trip.


For more information on birding field trips, or to learn how to become a field trip leader, please contact Dawn Huss at

Leaders: Trip Sign-in/Report Form

Photo: Bufflehead, by Mick Thompson

Photo: Bufflehead, by Mick Thompson