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Play Bird Bingo on Your Next Winter Hike

Posted by Alexa Lindauer at Jan 08, 2013 06:15 PM |
Spotting wildlife is a great reason to get outside and hike in the winter. Up your chances of seeing birds on these kid-friendly bird hikes, and turn it into a game by taking along a copy of Winter Bird Bingo.
Play Bird Bingo on Your Next Winter Hike

Bring a copy of Winter Bird Bingo on your next winter hike. Illustrations by Alexa Lindauer.

Spotting wildlife is a great reason to get outside and hike in the winter. Up your chances of seeing birds on these kid-friendly bird hikes, and turn it into a game by taking along a copy of Winter Bird Bingo. It's got the hiking suggestions below, plus fun facts and habitat tips about the featured birds.

Skagit Wildlife Area

Stanwood. Big Ditch Slough: 0.5 miles and up; flat; walk along the dike. Hop in the car and pair this hike with the flat 2-mile loop at the Skagit Wildlife Area just out of Conway. Bird Bingo: see all Bird Bingo species!

Padilla Bay

Padilla Bay, Mount Vernon. 2.4 miles oneway; flat; through sloughs, tidal flats, and salt marshes. Visit the Breazeale Interpretive Center. Bird Bingo: see all Bird Bingo species!

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Olympia. Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail: 2 miles one-way; flat; boardwalk extends one mile into the delta; $3.00/family. Free binocular rental! Bird Bingo: great blue heron, bald eagle (and many others!)

Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit trail, Sequim. 6.5 miles one-way; 130ft elevation gain and loss; briefly through a wooded area, then drops to the beach; $3.00/family. Walk a little or walk to the lighthouse, and see up to 250 bird species.

Washington Park

Anacortes. Fidalgo Head Loop Trail: about 4 miles round-trip; explore side trails like Green Point and Juniper Point trails to get better water access. Bird Bingo: bald eagles.

Ebey’s Landing

Coupeville. Bluff Trail: 1.5 miles one-way, mildly rolling trail along the bluff. Go at low tide for a beach walk. Bird Bingo: common loon, bald eagle.

Your Local Park!

Check out city, county and state parks for easy-to-spot birds like blackcapped chickadees, Stellars jays, mallards, and various woodpeckers. For Seattle-ites, you can occasionally spot a great blue heron at the Ballard Locks. For Tacoma and Federal Way families, check out the Dumas Bay Sanctuary heron breeding colony interpretive signs. For folks in the Spokane area, just cross the border into Idaho, and you'll have a good chance of spotting bald eagles on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

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