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Lakewood’s 342 acre park offers a diversity of habitat ranging from open meadows, brushy areas, hillsides, deciduous groves, coniferous woodland, and Waughop Lake. There are numerous foot trails throughout the park making excellent access for birding that has included 143 species identified within the park. Every season in the park has its birding rewards.
A monthly guided walk is being offered. Join Russ Smith and/or other co-leaders rain or shine (unless torrential). Contact Russ at email@example.com if you need further info. Reservations are not needed.
Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Wear footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather.
Meeting times: 8 AM, Tuesdays, 1st Tuesday each month.
Duration: dependent on desires of birders present but will include a loop around the lake as well as some of the surrounding meadows and woodlands at a leisurely pace, estimated to be 1-2+ miles and several hours. Month to month may experience different routes through the park dependent on best estimates of optimizing seasonal variances in bird species and their preferred habitat. Birders may leave at any time.
Meeting location: gravel parking lot between barns and Waughop Lake, west end of lot nearest lake. Enter Ft Steilacoom Park off Steilacoom Blvd, turn south at the traffic light at the northeast corner of the park at the intersection with 87th Ave SW, then turn right into the park and immediately left around the south side of the playfields, proceed to end of Dresden Lane to gravel parking lot past barns.