Skills of a Naturalist

Learn How to Explore Your Environment Like a Naturalist

Ready to become an early bird for a day? Imagine waking up to the sounds of spring and the promise of a delicious breakfast – that’s what “Breakfast with the Birds” is all about! Warming temperatures, lengthening days, and flowering plants signal the return of colorful, musical, migratory birds, such as Rufous Hummingbirds and Orange-crowned Warblers. Having quietly spent the winter in the forests of IslandWood, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes can be heard singing their melodic songs. It’s a birder’s paradise!


But first, we’ll fuel up! We’re talking homemade bagels, spreads, coffee…the whole works! You can enjoy your feast indoors or soak up the sun at a picnic table. We’ll join our expert guide, IslandWood docent and top-notch birder, Mark Salvadalena.


Mark is well-known in this community for his ornithological skills, as well as a gentle and compassionate interpretive style. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’ll pick up awesome tips and explore stunning habitats. Think wetlands, forests, and everything in between! It’s the perfect way to experience the magic of spring and the joy of birding.


Feel free to register for just one lesson or sign up for all three!


Please reach out to Christina Woolf by email with any questions.


Please note that this program is designed for ages 10+. Check out all our upcoming community programs, including kid-friendly events, here!

In addition to teaching at IslandWood, Mark is an active recreation instructor with Bainbridge Island Parks and former NPS ranger. He has led bird walks for the National Park Service, New York City Parks, and Birds Connect Seattle. Coincidentally, Mark’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast.