Although it is an urban campus in Seattle, the UW’s location on Lake Washington and proximity to the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum and 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area invite a wide variety of birds to campus. The location of the UWROV club in the Oceanography Building, just feet away from Lake Union’s Portage Bay, gives members a prime viewing spot to watch native waterfowl, shown in the image at right.
A lone male Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) enjoys Drumheller Fountain.
A permanent flock of friendly Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) live on the UW campus.
Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) nest in the UW’s Sylvan Grove during the spring.
A Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) visits the UW campus during its migration.
An American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) eats a peanut.
The University of Washington’s Avian Conservation Laboratory is among the nation’s best. Crows are of particular interest due to their intelligence, and crow research at the University of Washington has yielded some potentially unusual and intriguing applications.
The University of Washington’s Bothell campus is also home to a nightly crow roost from fall to spring.