First Saturday Bird Walks

Since October of 2002 KAS has offered the monthly First Saturday Bird Walk in rain, wind, snow, and sunshine. One need not know anything about birds or nature. Trip leaders and participants will provide some guidance and help with bird ID. All you need is a pair of binoculars and garb for the weather, and kids are welcome. Walking on park paths (pavement to dirt) usually takes about three hours.

Each first Saturday of the month, please join us at 8:00 AM at the parking lot to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park (Ellensburg), located on Umptanum Road where the bridge crosses the Yakima River. 509- 933-1179 for info or questions.


2nd,  Saturday ~ First Saturday BirdWalk, Irene Rinehart Park.   8 AM meeting at Rinehart parking lot by the river for a 3 hour walk.  A hint of spring weather may bring noisy wrens, nesting Redtails, wailing Killdeers, and pairing woodpeckers.  The juncos (“Twitterrrrrr”) and chickadees (“Tee-Hee”) have started singing for Spring.

For more Information, contact Steve:

7th, Thursday ~ Yakima Canyon.  Half day driving tour down the canyon and back will include stops and a moderate walk.  Meet at 8 AM at the west end of the Super One parking lot to carpool.  We’ll make stops at Helen McCabe pond & woods; Lmuma, Umptanum, Big Pine and Roza recreation sites; and the Selah Cliffs trailhead where we can walk up the canyon (2 miles, level trail).  Birds to find will be waterfowl in the river, eagles, maybe an owl in cottonwoods,  raptors and Canyon wren at Selah Cliffs, and the unexpected.  

Please RSVP with Steve:

22nd-24th,  Friday-Sunday ~ Othello Sandhill Crane Festival.  This long-running local fest includes a huge selection of tours, hikes, bike trips, boat trips, field trips and lectures by experts, raptor display, and sociability!, centered around the migrating cranes.  A great time learning, observing and participating.  Please make your own arrangements.


6th,  Saturday ~ First Saturday BirdWalk, Irene Rinehart Park.  Join the group of walkers at Rinehart Park for a taste of spring.  Budding leaves, greening grass, soaring swallows, roaring river, lengthening days, bright horizons.  Leader TBA.