Eaglet leaves the nest that Eddie built!

Eva and Albert’s eaglet learned to fly! It has been seen flying for the last two days and so far has been found in the nesting tree each morning. It will be fun to see how long this young bird remains around Broadmoor and Union Bay. In the meantime see if you can guess what the bird was eating this morning. To find out if you guessed right (and to see more photos) visit Union Bay Watch.Image

Nesting on Union Bay

ImageI created my own nest in this tree. Can you guess what kind of bird I am? Would you like to visit me in the Arboretum?

Find out more at Union Bay Watch. Also, the 520 eagles have been patiently sitting on their Broadmoor nest this spring, so more eaglets could hatch any day now.

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Union Bay Watch: Earth Day Ducklings

These first of the year ducklings escape being breakfast for one of our local birds.ImageYou will never guess what type of birds helped them escape their fate. Learn more on:

Union Bay Watch!

Volunteers needed for neighborhood group purchase of solar panels

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The same group purchasing program that has brought solar power to hundreds of homes in North Seattle is gearing up to offer the same discounted deal to South Seattle neighborhoods. A few committed volunteers are needed to get the program up and running. From Solarize Washington:

Local non-profit Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Seattle City Light are seeking community volunteers for a new Solarize Seattle campaign in central and southeast Seattle area neighborhoods. Solarize Seattle is a community-driven initiative designed to streamline the process of going solar. The program uses an innovative neighborhood group purchase model to achieve discounts on solar electric system installations. Solarize campaign staff work with community groups, individual volunteers, and local solar installers to provide a streamlined process and free community workshops for participants.

To date, Northwest SEED has completed six Solarize campaigns including the Seattle neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Northeast Seattle, and Northwest Seattle. These campaigns have achieved discounts of up to 25 percent off the cost of a solar system and brought about the installation of over 200 residential solar installations in the region.

In order to launch the next Solarize campaign this summer, Northwest SEED is seeking to connect with residents and community groups of Montlake who want to see a Solarize campaign come to their neighborhood. Community volunteers play an integral role in the success of a Solarize campaign, taking the lead on contractor selection and community engagement. Participating neighborhoods will receive assistance from Northwest SEED to competitively select a solar installer, conduct neighborhood outreach and education, implement a series of free workshops, and facilitate the installation of solar PV systems.

The first volunteer orientation meeting will be held Thursday May 2 from 6-7:45pm at the Columbia City public library. Individuals interested in joining the upcoming Solarize campaign as a volunteer should contact Mia Devine at mia@nwseed.org or 206-267-2213.

Union Bay Watch: Ducks in Trees?

If you haven’t been out to Foster Island lately you may want to take a walk and watch for…Image

…Ducks in Trees. The wood ducks are looking for nesting sites. You should bring your binoculars so you can get a good view without scaring them away. If you would like to see more photos and videos check out Union Bay Watch.

Union Bay Watch: The Submariners

 

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Mergansers are a a special breed of diving ducks found on Union Bay primarily in the winter. Do you know both types you are likely to see? Do you see any connection to Seattle baseball? Find the answers on: Union Bay Watch.