Birds & Wildlife
Despite its inherently urban setting, Kirkland offers a multitude of wonderful opportunities to experience birds and wildlife in delightfully natural settings. Birds are abundant in Juanita Bay Park, from petite fluttering golden-crowned kinglets to sleek and graceful red-winged black birds to bald eagles soaring across the water in search of fish. Wander along the smooth, easily accessible pedestrian pathways as they twist through marshy wetlands and arrive at key vantage points that offer panoramic views of Lake Washington and historic Juanita Bay. Continue along the distinctive walkway that connects Juanita Bay Park to Juanita Beach, and you’ll observe elusive muskrats nibbling on weeds and cattails while industrious beavers labor craftily nearby.
The Eastside Park Rangers, in affiliation with the Eastside Audubon Society, offer interpretive tours the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month. Every season gives nature lovers a chance to spot something new and wonderful.