Janice Johnson

In the Parks | Spring finally evident as trees leaf out

Migrants have been moving through Juanita Bay Park in the last month, including a common loon, a red-necked grebe, and various warblers. The trees are leafing out, the red-flowering currants and Oregon grape are hosting hummingbirds, and the trillium are already dying away.


In the Parks | Spring into your parks in Kirkland

If you look carefully, there are many signs of spring in the parks. The trillium are blooming by the restrooms and the staircase to the parking lot at Juanita Bay; a few salmonberry are beginning to unfurl its blossoms, and a lonely skunk cabbage is out.


A common merganser makes a catch at Juanita Bay Park’s Forbes Creek on Feb. 21.

Sick swan at Juanita Bay, mergansers at Forbes Creek

Most of the swans left Juanita Bay several weeks ago. In mid-February, many park visitors were concerned about an apparently sick swan cygnet (young bird), whose family group of one sibling and both parents lingered with it. By the end of the week, the cygnet died. Lead poisoning is suspected from its swelled neck and stomach. Fish and Wildlife were called about our concerns before the bird died. Several swans remained in the Bay as of Feb. 20. Generally all leave before the end of February.


COLUMN | Winter birds and Juanita Beach renovation

Winter birds continue to arrive at Juanita Bay Park. Two swans came in Nov. 10, an early arrival date for that species in our bay. Up to four swans have been reported in the bay as of Thanksgiving Day. In each of the last two years, the swans first appeared Thanksgiving week, their numbers built up until around Christmas, and they departed at the end of January to early February.

In the parks | Keep quiet, stay put to enjoy wildlife encounters at Juanita Bay Park

It is beginning to look a lot like summer - with snow - as the poplar trees send out their seed packets of white fluff, and the summer resident birds get down to the business of raising a family at Juanita Bay Park.

Cleaning up Juanita Bay and the Gulf of Mexico

The work party and the goats were both a hit the weekend of April 24. A lot of maintenance was completed in the cleared areas,… Continue reading

Experiencing spring in your parks

The western screech owl is sometimes roosting in the ivy-laden willow west of the central boardwalk. He is very hard to discern, being incredibly camouflaged.… Continue reading

Spring is breaking out all over

Trillium, red-flowering currant, and tall Oregon grape are blooming. The Anna’s hummingbirds are very evident in the park as they set up territories and court,… Continue reading

Juanita Bay Park update and green calendar

With the mild weather, it has been quiet in the park. Our swans are still in residence, and the Eurasian teal visits irregularly. Winter sparrows… Continue reading

Column | Green calendar and Juanita Bay Park update

New Year’s quadrupled our swan population from three to at least 12, and brought in a pair of Eurasian Teal. The teal look much like… Continue reading

Parks update, green calendar

The mild weather to date has apparently reduced the number of winter ducks visiting the Juanita Bay Park. A pair of tundra swans visited briefly… Continue reading

Column | Sightings in the park, green calendar

While I have not been in the park much these last two weeks, there have been some bird observations exciting enough that emails went out… Continue reading

Kirkland budget cuts could impact our way of life

When I say I am from Kirkland, the response usually is enthusiasm for the city, if the other person is at all familiar with it.… Continue reading

Juanita Bay Park sightings and Eastside green calendar

A young western screech owl has been seen at its daytime roost along the east boardwalk a couple of times a week through September. Green-wing… Continue reading

Volunteer rangers have big impact on parks

Kudos to our Park’s Department for their major park restoration effort now underway at Juanita Bay Park. Also, thanks to the many volunteers – JB… Continue reading

Microcosm to macrocosm

We picked up the rock during low tide, looking at the life on it. Barnacles encrusted much of it. We also saw barnacle-eating dorids -… Continue reading

COLUMN| Webs of life are ever-changing in local parks

Migrant warblers are moving through Juanita Bay Park. Black-headed grosbeaks, Bullock’s oriole, Common yellowthroats,

COLUMN| Happenings in your parks

Juanita Bay’s work party was a resounding success, as reported in last week’s Kirkland Reporter.

COLUMN| Green Economy: What is a cooperative?

Green Economy: What is a cooperative?

Juanita Bay Park update and green calendar

The swallows have returned, and a few other spring migrants and summer residents are beginning to show up, but it has been a quiet month birdwise.