On and Under the Waterfront Myrtle Edwards and Elliott Bay Parks

Seattle, Washington

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Run, walk, ride, roll, or trolley your way to this sliver of waterfront peace beyond the bustle of downtown. With wide, paved trails and a sparkling view of Elliott Bay, the Olympics, and West Seattle, these linked parks may seem more like viewpoints than habitat hotbeds, but keep an open mind. Some prime wildlife viewing opportunities are right in front of you. First, take another look at that imposing steel structure perched on the edge of the water. This is Port of Seattle’s Terminal 86 grain elevator, a major holding facility for exported soybeans and corn. Most of what is stored here is not grown in Washington, but in the Midwest. What is local is the terminal’s bird life. The granary attracts hordes of rock doves (also known as pigeons), which in turn draw peregrine falcons, their fierce local predator. The area is within the territory of the downtown resident falcons, Stewart and Bell.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

Run, walk, ride, roll, or trolley your way to this sliver of waterfront peace beyond the bustle of downtown. With wide, paved trails and a sparkling view of Elliott Bay, the Olympics, and West Seattle, these linked parks may seem more like viewpoints than habitat hotbeds, but keep an open mind. Some prime wildlife viewing opportunities are right in front of you.

First, take another look at that imposing steel structure perched on the edge of the water. This is Port of Seattle’s Terminal 86 grain elevator, a major holding facility for exported soybeans and corn. Most of what is stored here is not grown in Washington, but in the Midwest. What is local is the terminal’s bird life. The granary attracts hordes of rock doves (also known as pigeons), which in turn draw peregrine falcons, their fierce local predator. The area is within the territory of the downtown resident falcons, Stewart and Bell.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to On (and Under) the Waterfront: Myrtle Edwards and Elliott Bay Parks

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