Sponsor a Habitat Restoration Project
For nearly 40 years, Eastside Audubon has been restoring and enhancing the natural spaces of King County’s Eastside for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people. Your support today helps care for the lands we love and protect the animals that depend on them. Join us by making a gift today!
Current Project - Marymoor Park Audubon Bird Loop
Since 1981, Eastside Audubon has been improving and managing the Bird Loop Area at Marymoor Park in Redmond. The goal of restoration at Marymoor Park is to cultivate resilient, diverse, natural communities for birds and other wildlife, manage the impact of human activity, and facilitate educational and recreational opportunities for children and adults.
From 1981 to 1984, several surveys were completed to create a bird checklist for the area. Bird surveys have continued to present day through the work of individual Michael Hobbes. In 1982, the southeast corner of the park was designated as a wildlife sanctuary, which encompasses part of the Bird Loop Area. Although parts of the Bird Loop Trail already existed, in 2006 Eastside Audubon entered a Community Partnerships and Grants (CPG) agreement with King County for improvements, programming, and supplemental maintenance on the Bird Loop Trail, and developed a site plan to direct the work. Two years later, the Audubon Bird Loop Trail System was completed. The CPG agreement ended in 2011 but Eastside Audubon has continued to work closely with the park, continuing habitat restoration in the Bird Loop Natural Area.
As of 2018, defined restoration sites include the forest buffer between Parking Lot G and the grass playfields, the fenced circle and living fence bordering the dog park, meadow, and alder grove at southern meadow trail junction. In 2010, parallel to the Master Tree Plan, EarthCorps prepared an East Meadow Habitat Types map for the Eastside Audubon to provide further guidance for management of the habitat there and in 2014, a vegetation management plan was drafted for managing invasive species.