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When it comes to staying fit, lowimpact exercises can generate highimpact results. Low-impact exercise consists of activities that don’t involve a significant amount of force being exerted on the joints but still better your circulation, improve your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, lungs, and heart, all while boosting your mood. This summer, try one (or all!) of the below outdoor workouts to get your blood pumping without overstressing your body. Your joints will thank you.


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Walking. By far the most popular low-impact exercise, walking is always accessible and cost free; just lace up your favorite pair of walking shoes and put one foot in front of the other. If taking a leisurely stroll seems too easy, there are many ways you can up the intensity; hit a hill-filled neighborhood, walk at a brisk pace or hold hand weights to elevate your heart rate. Kayaking. If there is one thing we have plenty of in the Northwest, it’s water. Head to the nearest lake or the Sound, grab a kayak and get paddling. When using proper form, kayaking targets your arms, back and core, and

can burn up to 400 calories per hour. The best part? The views from your kayak are guaranteed to be incredible.

Yoga. Who says yoga has to be done in a studio? Taking your practice outside this summer may be just the thing you need to breathe new life into your poses. Limbering up with outdoor yoga is not just a great workout – it is rejuvenating, relaxing and may be the stress antidote you have been searching for.

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Biking. The physical and mental health benefits of biking are almost as endless as the scenic routes available to explore in the Pacific Northwest. Aside from being an effective way to work up a sweat, outdoor cycling is an efficient and environmentally friendly form of transportation. It is important to note that using a properly fitted bike is essential. Otherwise, cycling could cause unnecessary strain on your joints. Golfing. Golf is not strictly for the pros and the retired. Take a trip to the fairway for a great, gentle-onthe-joints workout that is suitable for all ages. Golfing helps with balance, strength, and flexibility; plus, it’s fun! If you are interested in getting some additional cardio in, skip the golf cart and walk the course instead. Swimming. If you are searching for a low-impact exercise that delivers considerable cardiovascular perks and sculpts your entire body, consider swimming. Water is nearly 800 times denser than air, so while swimming is the ultimate full-body workout, it is anything but easy. If swimming laps gets too repetitive for you, a water aerobics class can be an enjoyable way to mix things up. Gardening. Good news, green thumbs! Your love for gardening is more than just a hobby – it’s an excellent low-impact exercise that provides endurance, flexibility, and strength benefits – similar to cardio or lifting weights. Some gardening activities, such as raking and watering, can burn between 150-300 calories in only 30 minutes. Interested in more low-impact outdoor activity recommendations? Give ProOrtho a call at 425.823.4000 or visit us at proortho.com. At ProOrtho, our orthopedic physicians offer the widest spectrum of surgical and non-surgical options paired with the most advanced technologies available. We are dedicated to improving your quality of life with comprehensive, compassionate, and exceptional orthopedic services.


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Breath in fresh air and embrace local parks and gardens while enjoying the following outdoor activities this summer:

MUSIC Music in the Park Come join the city of Bothell for the free 33rd annual summer concert series from 6:30-8 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 24 at North Creek Field #3, 11905 North Creek Parkway S., Bothell. July 20: Free Rain July 27: The Marlin James Band - High energy country cover band Aug. 3: Portage Bay Big Band Aug. 10: Harmonious Funk - The Kings of R&B - Soul - Funk - Top 40 Aug. 17: Chris Anderson - An evening of classics & jazz standards August 24, 2018: The Kings of Hollywood - A tribute to The Eagles Kenmore Summer Concert Series Celebrating its 16th year, the free Kenmore Summer Concert series features a variety of artists playing family-friendly tunes from 6-8 p.m. through Aug. 16 at St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore. July 26: Winston Jarrett + Yogoman Burning Band (Reggae) Aug. 2: Summer Concert Series: Patrick Landeza feat. Hālau Hula Pulamahiaikalikolehua (Hawaiian Slack Key) Aug. 9: Alexis P. Suter (Blues) Aug. 16: Marina and the Dreamboats (Soul-Jazz) Mostly Music: The Mostly Music in the Park concert series brings people of all ages together to enjoy live music on summer evenings. Concerts feature various

bands and artists from around the region, performing a wide variety of music. The first five concerts will be held on Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The final concert will be held on Friday, Aug. 24. It will start at 5 p.m. with a food truck rodeo, and the concert will begin at 6 p.m. All concerts will be held at Mercerdale Park in downtown Mercer Island. The series continues with jazzy and funkaelic Scott Lindenmuth Group on July 26. Country/Americana group Joy Mills Band takes the stage on Aug. 2, followed by bluegrass group The Mighty Dreadful on Aug. 9. The series wraps up with Ethan Keller Group, a contemporary rock band, on Aug. 16 and The Infinity Project, a Journey tribute band, on Aug. 24. See www.mercergov.org for more. Music in the Park: Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sit out under the stars! Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 6 at Snoqualmie Community Park, 35016 SE Ridge St. Music: July 26, Planet Fly; Aug. 9, 8 Second Ride; Aug. 23, The Davanos; Sept. 6, Cherry Cherry. Kirkland Summer Concerts: The children’s shows are Tuesday mornings, 10am-11am at Juanita beach Park. The adult concerts are Thursday evenings at Marina Park, 7-8:30pm. Kids concerts: July 24 - The Not It’s! July 31 - Captain Awesome Sauce Aug. 7 - Super Stolie Aug. 14 - Mister G

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MOVIES Movies @ The Square: Movies @ the Square is a four-piece summer movie series featuring family-friendly favorites shown on a large inflatable screen outdoors every other Wednesday through Aug. 22 in the new Kenmore Town Square, 6728 N 181st St. Food trucks and pre-show entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. and movies will begin at dusk. Bring a blanket or low-back chair and cozy up under the stars for this summer’s biggest hits. July 25: Coco; Aug. 8: The Greatest Showman; Aug. 22: Black Panther Movies in the Park: Mercer Island will show “Moana” at sundown, or about 9:15 p.m., on July 28, and “A Wrinkle in Time” at about 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 18. The free family movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. Moviegoers should bring blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights. Movies are cancelled during inclement weather, so call the Community and Event Center at 206-275-7609 to confirm showings on bad weather days. Activities and crafts related to the movie will begin an hour before showtime. See www.mercergov. org/MIevents for more. Movies in the Park: Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sit out under the stars! Movies begin at sunset on Fridays at Snoqualmie Community Park, 35016 SE Ridge St. Movies: July 20, “Emoji Movie”; Aug. 3, “Despicable Me 3”; Aug. 17, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”; Sept. 2, “Coco (Sunday); Sept. 7, “Lion King.”

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Evening concerts: July 26 - Rear View Mirror 60’s and 70’s; Aug. 2 - Nate Botsford Originals from Portland Ore.; Aug. 9 - The Castaways Ukulele cover band: Aug. 16 - Petty Differences, Tom Petty cover band

Shakespeare in the Park: This year’s Shakespeare in the Park program, presented by Wooden O will feature “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” directed by Corey McDaniel, and “King Lear,” directed by George Mount. With open seating and an outdoor

First-time director, Joe Cross, documents his personal journey to regain his own health and achieve a balanced lifestyle in his ...


“FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD”. Cross is an Australian entrepreneur and investor and decided to embark on his health journey after turning 40 and finding himself 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. “The film is my story – the story of how by the age of 40 I found myself professionally successful but physically bankrupt: fat, sick and nearly dead,” Cross said in his director’s statement. “In case you think I’m exaggerating ... I

tipped the scales at over 300 lbs. … [and] I had an autoimmune disease that no doctor could trace back to a root cause.” The film follows Cross as he travels 3,000 miles across the U.S. on a diet of only fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. He talks to more than 500 people about food, health and longevity, eventually meeting a truck driver, Phil Staples, who suffers from the same health conditions. “Phil Staples in particular had a story that was so inspiring,” Cross said in his director’s statement. “We doubled the shooting time of the film and followed his transformation as well. Making this movie changed my life, opened my eyes and re-focused my mission on something that is startling simple and utterly effective: helping people reclaim their health and vitality as I did by consuming more fruits and vegetables.” “FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD” highlights the personal responsibility required to overcome obesity as Cross finds himself 100 pounds lighter after his liquid diet and 70 more days of eating only fruits, vegetables and nuts. The film can be streamed on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. “The Western world is facing some big challenges

setting, Wooden O brings the Shakespeare plays to life, engaging audiences of all ages. It celebrates its 25th year at Luther Burbank Park this summer. “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will run at 7 p.m. on July 20, July 21, July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 12 at the Luther Burbank Park Ampitheatre. You can see “King Lear” at 7 p.m. on July 22, July 27, July 28, Aug. 2, Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 5, Aug. 10 and Aug. 11. There will be a special double performance on Aug. 12 with both shows in one day, “King Lear” at 2 p.m. and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at 7 p.m. For more, see www. seattleshakespeare.org/woodeno. Shakespeare in the Park: Shakespeare in the Park brings classic plays to Klahanie Park in Sammamish performed by the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Grab your picnic blanket or low-back chair and come enjoy the play. All events are free and open to the public. Enjoy “King Lear” from 7-9 p.m., July 21; and “Merry Wives of Windsor” from 7-9 p.m., July 28. KidsFirst!: Performances are geared for a toddler through elementary age audience. All events are free and open to the public. 1-2 p.m., July 24, Klahanie Park in Sammamish: Reptile Isle, Handson Adventure; 1-2 p.m., July 31, East Sammamish Park: Nate Jester, Ace of Illusions; 1-2 p.m., Aug. 7, Klahanie Park: Hoopsmiles, Hula Hoop; 1-2 p.m., Aug. 14, Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. SE: Alex Zerbe, Kid Hop, Don’t Stop! Concerts in the Park: The weekly outdoor concerts happens from 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 16 at Pine Lake Park, 228th and Southeast 24th St., Sammamish. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your own dinner or purchase dinner onsite from local food truck vendor. Ice cream is also

right now, and perhaps the biggest challenge is the health of our populations,” Cross said in his director’s statement. “It requires each and every one of us on a personal level to make changes. And although it’s fair to expect that government and big corporations can play a part in solving this (or at the very least, not thwart us in our pursuit of a solution) at the end of the day, the responsibility rests with each of us. My small role is to try to lead by example and inspire others to follow.”

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different nonprofit agency each week for donations from the community. For more information, call 425-452-4240 or visit bellevueoutdoormovies.com.

being sold by the Sammamish Kiwanis. • Thursday, July 26 Creme Tangerine, Beatles Tribute

Downtown Movies in the Park: Tuesdays through Aug. 28, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St.

• Thursday, Aug. 2 Nearly Dan, Steely Dan Tribute • Thursday, Aug. 9 Just One Look, The Music of Linda Ronstadt • Thursday, Aug. 16 Sammamish Symphony, “Forever Young:” A Concert for the Child in All of Us This volunteer ensemble provides the opportunity for talented, dedicated musicians to perform with a full symphony orchestra. In addition, the Orchestra promotes involvement in the arts for young musicians who are given the chance to participate in classical and pops concerts. Outdoor Movie at CWU Sammamish 8-11 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 Central Washington University - Sammamish, 120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish. The Parks and Recreation Department is offering this new event to the public for FREE - the Outdoor Movie on the Plaza series! This one will be at the Sammamish, Central Washington Campus. Featured movie: “Zootopia.” Sammamish Days: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish Celebrate community and culture! Sammamish Days combines cultural entertainment, vendors, food trucks and lots of free activities, including bouncy toys, face painting and crafts. This event is free and open to the public. Parkadilly at Lake Sammamish: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 22 at Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah.


July 24 - The Lego Ninjago Movie July 31 - Goodbye Christopher Robin August 7 - Paddington 2 August 14 - The Greatest Showman August 21 - Ferdinand August 28 - Ghostbusters Artwork by Katy LaReau, along with 29 other artists, will be featured at the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society’s Arts in the Garden on Aug. 25-26. Courtesy photo

Parkadilly is the biggest kid’s concert and fair on the Eastside! This year’s children’s entertainment will feature Recess Monkey, The Not Its, Rhythms of India, and African dance Troupe Gansango. Outdoor activities will include a nature scavenger hunt, Junior Ranger programs, a REI wilderness survival workshop for kids, arts and crafts, trampolines and so much more! More than 40 kid-centric vendors will also be on site along with concession stands. For more information, visit www.lakesammamishfriends.org/events Farm Fresh Blueberries: U-Pick blueberry season runs from July through mid-September at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm, 700 148th Ave. SE, Bellevue. Hours vary — please call the farm for more information at 425-4995322. Arts in the Garden: With Summer coming into full swing, you can come explore a variety of garden art and sculptures at Bellevue Botanical Garden. The 7th annual Arts in the Garden event is put on by the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and is an opportunity to experience the artwork of over 30 artists. The event will give people a chance to meet the artists, purchase available artwork and experience live



It is once again the season of local produce, live music, and community fun as Farmers Markets start up their service all over the Eastside. Sourcing food and other products from local farmers and small businesses, several cities have both new and familiar markets returning to their communities this year.

music to go along with an array of eating options. Food and refreshment venues include the Garden Pub, the Copper Kettle Coffee Bar and various food trucks. The event will also be featuring a tour of the Bellevue Botanical Garden from local gardening expert Ciscoe Morris as well as a live performance from the Bellevue Ukulele Players Association. The family friendly event is admission free and is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those who are interested, there will be a preview event held the evening before on Friday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. The event will involve an organized dinner, live music and even a silent auction. You can purchase tickets for this event at www.BellevueBotanical. org with the proceeds benefiting the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Children and Adult Education Programs. Movies Under the Stars: Grab a blanket, lawn chair and the family, friends and neighbors for our free Movies in the Park series at Downtown and Crossroads Parks. The movies, all rated PG, come to life on a giant inflatable screen with state-of-the-art projection and sound. Free pre-movie entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. The Downtown Park movie series features a

makes its return to Pickering Barn at 1730 10th Ave. NW from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday.

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Fresh produce, vendors and live music return to the Island this summer as the Mercer Island Farmers Market returns to the north end of Mercerdale Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.

Issaquah - Sammamish Both Issaquah and Sammamish markets are returning in full force this summer. Back for it’s 11th year, the Sammamish Farmers Market is now open at City Hall from 4 to 8 every Wednesday. The Issaquah Farmers Market also

Crossroads Movies in the Park: Thursday Evenings, Aug. 2 to Aug. 23 Crossroads Community Park, 16000 NE 10th St., Bellevue August 2 - Coco August 9 - Wonder August 16 - Cars 3 August 23 - Beauty & The Beast Adult Summer Fit & Strong at Downtown Park: Get fit, stay active and have fun at our new Adult Summer Fit & Strong series at Downtown Park. Hatha Yoga - Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. from July 10-Aug. 21. Strength Training and Cardio Fitness- Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. from July 12Aug. 16. Dress for the weather and outdoor conditions. Bring your own yoga or exercise mat. Hand weights not provided for Downtown Park classes. Preregistration required. Visit register. bellevuewa.gov to sign up. Rockin’ on the River 2018: A free summer concert series for all ages. Thursdays, July 26, Aug. 2 and 9 6-8 p.m. in the Garden Plaza, Redmond City Hall Campus July 26, The Paperboys; Aug. 2, Petty Thief; Aug. 9, Creedence Revelation For more information, visit redmond. gov/rockinontheriver or call 425-5562314.

Cookshop Farmers Markets runs from 2 to 6 p.m. every Friday. Carnation also saw the return of their own farmers market which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday on the corner of Bird Street and Stossel Avenue in the Tolt Commons Community Shelter.


Krikland has also welcomed the return of it’s own markets. The Kirkland Wednesday Market is held weekly from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Marina Park Pavilion. The Juanita Friday Market is back in action at the end of every week from 3 to 7 p.m. at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.

Bellevue Snoqualmie Valley The Snoqualmie Valley is home to several long running and new markets. The North Bend Farmers Market returns to Si View Community Park from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Snoqualmie welcomed an all new farmer’s market earlier this year at Heirloom Cookshop in downtown Historic Snoqualmie. The Heirloom

Bellevue is celebrating the summer with it’s own market from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church.


Weekly summer produce is coming back to Redmond as well. The Redmond Saturday Market is another community event at 7730 Leary Way in Redmond. The market will will from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday.


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Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners have always known it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You’ll work out all your major muscle groups when raking, digging and planting for an hour. Include gardening as a major component of your workout schedule. You’ll stretch and strengthen muscles while promoting cardiovascular health and maintaining bone mass. A University of Arkansas study found that yard work as well as weight training more significantly maintained bone density than aerobics, dancing or bicycling in women older than 50. And for those of us trying to lose weight, add 30 minutes of gardening to your daily or weekly routine to help shed some extra pounds. A half hour of raking burns 162 calories, weeding 182, and turning the compost pile a whopping 250 calories. Gardening several times a week will help keep you and your landscape looking its best. Anytime I can receive double or triple the benefit


From spray playgrounds to guarded beaches, the Eastside offers a variety of fun and (mostly) free venues for families looking to enjoy the sun while staying cool this summer. Just don’t forget the sunscreen and be ready for crowds on Seattle’s hotter days. Several local parks turn on the waterworks for the summer. Kids can have fun with spitting frogs and squirting clams and hop on the back of a spouting orca whale at the Crossroads Water Spray Playground in Bellevue. The playground is open year-round, and typically sprays water from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 8

from my time and energy, the more likely I am to complete the task. Protect your joints and muscles while gardening. Warm up, just as you would for any workout, with a few simple stretches. Protect your knees by using a stool, kneeling pad or one legged kneel (keeping your other foot flat on the ground and back straight) instead of squatting. And no matter what shape you are in, drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated while you are gardening and after you finish gardening. This is especially important with the extreme temperatures we are experiencing this summer. Try gardening early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are a bit cooler. And time your work in garden beds when they’re blanketed in shade. Protect both your eyes and skin from the sun’s intense rays by always wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. And consider regular checkups with a dermatologist to monitor for skin cancer. Pace yourself so you can enjoy the process and smell the roses, heliotrope, daphne and alyssum along the way. Gardeners have been into aromatherapy long before its recent rise in popularity. A few strategically placed fragrant flowers can create a delightful welcome home, soothing scent in your secret garden or aromatherapy as you weed and tend your landscape.

p.m. each day. Redmond’s Grass Lawn Park also has a splash pad, with small fountains perfect for younger children. Lower Commons Park in Sammamish features a spray park, along with a community garden, playground and loop trail. The fountain at Redmond Town Center also provides a great opportunity for kids, who can play in the water and on the bear sculptures while parents watch from nearby tables. Families can also enjoy food, shopping and other activities at the mall. The Eastside also offers beaches with lifeguards to watch children while they enjoy the water, including Idlywood Beach Park in Redmond, Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island and Pine Lake Park in Sammamish. For older kids, many parks offer kayak or canoe rentals, floating docks to swim to and green areas to play in. Bellevue has five seasonally guarded beaches:

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Include some edible flowers and fruit for you, the birds and the butterflies. Nothing beats the flavor or nutritional value of fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables. Plus, watching the butterflies and hummingbirds sip on nectar from a fuchsia, coral honeysuckle, verbena or salvia as the finches feed on coneflower seeds will provide added beauty while the squirrels’ acrobatic antics on giant sunflowers are sure to entertain. If the task is too big or your time is limited, ask for help. Gardening can also be a great team sport. Or make it a round robin as you take turns gardening in each other’s gardens. You’ll all enjoy a day filled with gardening, conversation and laughter. What was once an overwhelming task suddenly becomes a chance to spend time with friends, enjoy the garden and create new memories. Sharing your knowledge, plant divisions or other talents like cooking or pet sitting may be the perfect trade for your friends’ time and energy. And as a wise person once said “Planting a garden is a way of showing you believe in tomorrow.” Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’s web site is www.MelindaMyers.com.

Chesterfield Beach Park, Chism Beach Park, Clyde Beach Park, Enatai Beach Park and Newcastle Beach Park. Kirkland has three: Waverly Beach, Houghton Beach and Juanita Beach. Kirkland is also home to the only public outdoor pool in the area: Peter Kirk Pool, open through Sept. 3 this year. But there’s a small fee for all patrons, whether they’re swimming or not, of $5. If you have a Discover Pass, or don’t mind paying a small daily fee, make sure to see some of the state parks on the Eastside, including Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah and St. Edward State Park in Kenmore. Kids younger than 1 can visit Henry Moses Aquatic Center in Renton for free. Others have to pay to enjoy the lap pool, water slides, lazy river, wave machine and toddler spray and play area. It’s a smaller version of Federal Way’s Wild Waves, which has a water park open through Sept. 3.

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Living Better: OUTDOORS 2018


BIRDING SPOTS ON THE EASTSIDE By Madison Miller mmiller@soundpublishing.com

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to go out and explore some of the PNW’s most beautiful birds. Snoqualmie’s Bob Heirman Wildlife Area offers a 343-acre county park with riparian, wetland and agricultural habitats. The birds most commonly seen at the park include great blue herons, bald eagles, northern harriers and red-tailed hawks. Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Park offers 150 acres of forest and wetland habitat with a number of hiking trails, including an easy gravel loop trail that goes around the parks barns and pastures. The birds most commonly seen at the park include dark-eyed juncos, red-breasted Nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets and red-tailed hawks. Lake Sammamish State Park offers a 512-acre day-use park with deciduous forest and wetland

vegetation. A salmon-bearing creek and a greatblue-heron rookery are additional features. Visit the Eastside Audubon website for details on birding walks at eastsideaudubon.org/calendar. Redmond’s Marymoor Park attracts more than 150 species of birds with its many habitats, such as riparian, marsh, forest and meadow. Birding walk schedules can also be found on the Eastside Audubon calendar. Kirkland’s Juanita Bay Park offers a 44-acre park home to songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, amphibians, turtles, beavers and other small mammals. Interpretive tours of this wildlife habitat are conducted by volunteer Juanita Bay Park Rangers on the first Sunday of each month. The next interpretive tour is on Aug. 5.

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Living Better - Outdoors 2018  


Living Better - Outdoors 2018