Eagle Landing Park
Nature and wildlife within reach in a small neighborhood park.
Find the Eagle at Eagle Landing Park. Join Project Noah, help identify the critters in your local park, and the person who spots the most species wins a silver eagle. Details here.
365 Stones: A Biography of Eagle Landing Park
New pictures in the gallery.
Eagle taking off (video).
Eagle at sunset (video).
Great Horned Owl video taken at the Skagit Eagle Festival in Concrete.
New video of a Pileated Woodpecker, often seen near the parking lot.
Stormy day video.
Video of storm waves at high tide, 12/12/2008
A video tour on You Tube, the first of three parts.
Eagle Landing Park is a small six-acre park, in a quiet residential neighborhood. It opened on June 15th, 2005, and it is located at the west end of SW 149th Street, where it meets 25th Ave SW, in Burien. The walk from the parking lot to the beach is about a quarter of a mile, dropping 275 feet in elevation. Open 8:00 AM to dusk.
The goal of the park is to provide visitors with an intimate experience of nature close to an urban center. Instead of driving for an hour to feel at home in the woods, you can have this experience within walking distance of City Hall. The park feels much larger than it is (it's roughly the same size as Lake Burien School Park) because the trees screen out the surrounding homes and provide the illusion of endless forest.
Adding to the impression of untamed wilderness are the screams of the eagles, who have been nesting in a tree in the middle of the park since 1989. The park is home to over fifty species of native plants, and volunteers are working to remove invasive plants such as ivy and reintroduce more species of native plants. Visitors have seen woodpeckers, hawks, raccoons, otters and foxes, and you may see these creatures if you keep your dog on a leash and walk quietly along the trail.
Eagle Landing Park is an escape from hectic urban living, but like the Trillium pictured above, it is a fragile beauty dependent on the good will of visitors to remain unspoiled.
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