The Heron Habitat Helpers will be hosting their annual birthday party for the great blue heron chicks hatched at Commodore Park. Volunteers will be available to answer questions about herons and telescopes are provided to get close looks at the nests.
The party will be in the east section of Commodore Park in the picnic area (I think) on Saturday, June 15th from 10 am to 1 pm. Details about Commodore Park and how to get there are available here.
Starting tomorrow and running through Saturday the 21st, Seattle will be hosting its second Wildlife in the City Week. The events are sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and several other local organizations.
Supposedly there are events being held all week at various venues around the city, but unfortunately, whoever is in charge of the Wildlife in the City Week website has dropped the ball and it hasn’t been updated with any event details except for a brief mention of the festival that wraps up the week.
Fortunately, I know of two events taking place on Saturday the 21st because I follow Heron Habitat Helpers on Facebook.
From 1-5 pm several organizations will be participating in the Wildlife Festival at the Discovery Park Learning Center with lots of fun and educational activities.
From 2-4 pm Heron Habitat Helpers will have telescopes set up at Commodore Park for anyone who wants to come by and get a good look at the great blue heron nests in the rookery. HHH volunteers will also be on hand to answer all your burning questions about these fabulous birds.
If you love great blue herons, this is a great time of year to visit Commodore Park. The herons are everywhere. Many of the young birds from the rookery have fledged and are learning to hunt, and adults are supplying food for chicks still in the nest.
This Sunday the 30th Heron Habitat Helpers will be at Commodore Park with telescopes. If you’d like to watch great blue herons tending to their chicks in the rookery this is a great time to go. The event is from noon to 1:30 pm and naturalists will be on hand to provide info and answer questions. I think they’ll be set up in the west section near the parking lot.
Starting on May 28th the free outdoor music concerts will begin at the Ballard Locks. The concerts are held near the Visitor Center most Saturdays and Sundays through September 16th. July 4th this year marks the centennial of the locks, so there will be a lot going on this summer. See this page for more details.